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  • Attractive styling, punchy, free-revving 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, sporty performance and comfortable ride, huge boot space and large car leg and headroom, six-speed dual-clutch transmission standard in the Zetec model.
  • No sat-nav or LCD multimedia screen on the mid-spec Mondeo, no leather or partial leather trim, front seat bolstering could be more aggressive, low down nervousness from dual-clutch transmission.

7 / 10

2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review

The current Ford Mondeo was released in late 2010 as a facelift of the MC-generation that launched in 2007. So the Mondeo is in its twilight years now, however although the new model was previewed at the Sydney motor show in October, it won’t arrive for another year.

So the Mondeo will need this facelift to work through new generations of Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry, as well as next year’s Holden Malibu. The MC update furnished the generation with state-of-the-art safety technology including driver alert, lane departure warning and a blind spot information system, in addition to offering a new turbo engine, all signified by ‘refreshed’ styling.

To its existing virtues as a spacious, comfortable and fine-riding family car, the Mondeo could add ‘tech savvy’ and ‘efficient’ to that list.

Ford’s new 2.0-litre Ecoboost engines combines turbocharging with high-pressure direct fuel injection, to compensate for a 300cc reduction in displacement compared with the old 2.3-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder. For the update, the 2.3 would continue in the base LX, but the Ford Mondeo Zetec we tested, in addition to the tech-packed Titanium, would score the Ecoboost engine.

Available on only the Ford Mondeo Zetec and Titanium petrol models in five-door hatch guise only, ecoboost offers significant improvements over the previous 2.3-litre Duratec petrol engine, now found only on the entry-level LX models.

2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review

In the Mondeo, the 2.0-litre – which is also shared between Falcon, Focus ST and the forthcoming Kuga – sends 149kW and 300Nm to the front wheels, representing a 26 per cent improvement in power and a 44 per cent improvement in torque. Ford also claims a 16 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and a 17 per cent fall in CO2 emissions to 187g/km.

With peak torque available across a broad 1750-4500rpm range, the Mondeo is an effortless drive. Previously, Zetec buyers needed to wait until the mid-range for just 230Nm to arrive. There’s some noticeable low-down turbo lag if you’re overly keen with the throttle, but once in the torque band the Mondeo offers more punch than expected.

It’s no performance turbo, mind, but off the line starts to 100km/h takes just 7.9 seconds. Depending on driving style and conditions, this Mondeo will consume as little as 8L/100km, as claimed by Ford. However, our average consumption over a week of mixed driving was 10.8L/100km.

Nonetheless, it’s a smooth-revving engine, with excellent noise suppression. While the quick-shifting efforts of the six-speed dual-clutch transmission are cause for applause, there’s some low-speed nervousness during car park manoeuvres and the like.

Despite its image as merely family-car transport, the Mondeo is a fine driver’s car – almost sporty – with direct, meaty steering and superb feedback for the driver. It feels well balanced through corners, with good grip from the 17inch Goodyears and only minimal bodyroll.

2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review

Yet the real masterstroke of Ford’s suspension set-up is that it feels soft and compliant the way it soaks up large undulations and patchwork-ridden road surfaces, while still providing that planted feeling in the corners.

At $37,740 (before on-road costs) the Ford Mondeo Zetec Ecoboost is surrounded by well-regarded rivals. The main contenders being the Mazda6 Touring ($41,115), Toyota Camry Atara SL ($39,990), Kia Optima Platinum ($36,990), Opel Insignia ($38,490), Skoda Octavia RS ($37,990), Volkswagen Jetta 147TSI Highline ($37,990) and the Volkswagen Passat 118TSI ($38,990).

While the Mondeo Zetec misses out on key features of some rivals, such as leather trim, electric seats (the driver’s seat gets electric height adjustment), sat-nav and colour LCD multimedia screens, it’s still competitively equipped.

Creature comforts include Bluetooth phone and music streaming with voice control, quality Sony audio system with nine speakers, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps, multi-function steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

While the cloth trim is bland and the centre-stack looks dated, the Mondeo interior gets just enough bling to at least make it interesting, with a blend of piano black, soft touch, and metal-look accents throughout the cabin.

2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review
2012 Ford Mondeo Review

Both rows of seats are comfortable enough, although the front buckets could do with a tad more side bolstering to back the Mondeo’s handling ability.

Like so many offerings in the mid-sized segment, the Ford Mondeo feels more like a large car. The boot is enormous, holding a claimed 816-litres of load space with the rear seats upright and a massive 1919 litres with the rear seat- backs folded (not entirely flat).

While there are no rear cup holders, the Mondeo boasts individual rear seat air vents and LED map lights for rear passengers.

Seven airbag passive-safety protection helps the Mondeo earn a five-star ANCAP safety rating. Electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control (and emergency brake assist, and anti-locking brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution aims to lessen the likelihood of requiring the front-line protection…

Despite some heavy competition, the Ford Mondeo Ecoboost remains competitive in the medium car segment, at least until we steer the new Mazda6 and Holden Malibu on local turf. Whether it can remain a valid proposition until the new-generation Mondeo arrives in Australia in the first quarter 2014 remains to be seen.

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  • Kampfer

    He’s right about the dated centre-stack… and most of the car. Can’t wait for the new one.

    If you look to your left of your screen you likely to see the ad of Mondeo Zetec Ecoboost runing-out @ $33990 driver away.
    You can easily get a G6 Ecoboost around the same price (may be even demo G6E). I’d prefer Falcon Ecoboost’s RWD and ZF 6 speeds auto, but I like the idea of Mondeo’s big hatch back.

    • Fxcvbc

       Centre stack looks ok to me, what really stood out is the ultra tall gearstick. Seems about twice the height of a normal one.

      • Kampfer

        LOL, my stick is bigger than yours. Size matter… So Ford.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah i agree, the interior and exterior looks abit dated now, specialy that tiny red and black screen

  • MZ

    Attractive Styling ??  Really?

    • Hash

      Me no like either.

  • Dave W

    Forget about this one and wait for the next year’s model which looks much better. It’s already launched in America as the Ford Fusion. It’s got Mitsubishi Lancer headlights and Aston Martin upper grille.

  • Asdfae

    Ford. We give you more.

  • Ergreger

    even if you could live with the questionable styling or the dated interior, the average fuel consumption of 10.8l/100km is appalling. there a 6 cylinders and SUVs that can give you better average fuel consumption.

  • MisterZed

    Choosing blue (and also taking shots from those angles) hides the ugly exposed windscreen washer jets on the bonnet very nicely.

    • Mondeo Man

      What’s with your obsession with washer jets? They work very well and I really don’t notice them.

  • Mohammed Smith

    “Mondeo” sounds like a name you’d give to a horse …. 

    • Noddy_of_Toyland

      Mohammed sounds like a name you’d give to a camel….

    • dilligaf

      and Mustang doesn’t ?

    • DoubleBlue

       & your name is “Mohammed” ROFL.!

  • Jazrod

    There is a large LCD screen in the instrument cluster inbetween the speedo and the tacho . . . 

  • Mark

    Correction CA: You’ve written ‘Modeo’ in the title.

    • Anthony

       Thanks, Mark. All fixed.

  • Mondeo Man

    I’ve been driving one of these for a couple of months now and I have to say it doesn’t drive like a dated car the ride, steering and handling are class leading as is the performance. And speaking of the performance it has the low speed torque of a diesel and revs like a Honda. I have the DCT which took a little getting used to, but now find it very smooth, particularly after it warms up. Anthony must have been giving it a boot full because I regularly get under 10L/100km in stop start peak hour traffic and under 7L when cruising. There is more room than the competition, no headroom in a Mazda 6, no legroom in an Accord and the Camry is too boring. Don’t knock the Mondeo until you drive one and at $34K drive away it is very good value. BTW Anthony, I find the seats very comfortable and hold me in very well. Yes the new looks vey nice, saw it at the Sydney motor show and based on my experience with the current one, I would certainly look at one in three years when this lease is up.

  • $29896495

    I don’t get why you call it a medium car (maybe you start putting measurements in) because millimetre for millimetre, this car is larger than a Falcon. So if you are using the engine to justify it, that makes a Falcon Eco Boost a medium car too. Other wise I think you’ll find Ford are having a bit of an each way bet here. Which begs the question, what’s going to happen when two cars end up on the market with the same Nose and dimensions at the same time? Falcon update and New Mondeo.

    • Golfmother

      Good bye falcoon , new mondeo will be the final nail .

      • Jack

        Golfmother, I have been reading your derogatory comments towards Australian made cars large cars, particularly the Falcon, for sometime now and your opinions offer no substance. Value for money there are few cars on the planet that offer what our locally made cars do. I own two European cars and really enjoy every minute driving them, but seriously, the Falcon and Commodore are brilliant for what you get for the price. I know you love your golf, and I can appreciate that, but I have three in my fleet of company cars and honestly cant wait to get rid of them. Two mechatronic units gone, ECU problems in one and various other nigggling electrical problems that quite frankly I am sick of. Before the VW’s I had three BA MK 2 Falcons and had no issues whatsoever. Granted, sales are down for large Australian built cars, but with various economical engine options for Falcon and Commodores, five star safety ratings and a ride/handling compromise that is near perfect for Aussie conditions, they deserve to be doing much better. So please look at these cars objectively and without prejudice and you maybe pleasantly surprised.

        • Golfmother

          Maybe you should get a fleet of depreciating falcoons , at least they will be cheap to buy , after three golfs and no issues more than happy .

          • Jober As A Sudge

            You’re smart enough to change your Golf once the warranty runs out though.

          • Golfmother

            My first golf is in my nephew’s hand’s 140,000km and still motoring on , slobering judge .

          • Monk

            Just out of interest – have you had manual or auto/DSG golfs?

          • Golfmother

            Manual , two friends with DSG and they have not had issues , both diesel 6 speed , not the  7speed , which appears to be the box some have had trouble with .

          • Jack

            I will definetly be looking at locally made vehicles for the fleet next year in March. Im glad your Golf’s have performed well, however, BFYB and from a financial stand point as a business owner – where we need reliable cars that each travel 35000 – 40000 km’s per year its hard to look past our locally made products. Happy Motoring :)

          • Golfmother

            I would punt on a fleet of 328i’s instead of the crappy falcoon your just buying into trouble , all my suppliers are ditching the OZ bombs , Kia and Hundi see to be the fleet favour these days .

      • Dave S

        The biggest problem for the Mondeo, is the Falcon. In so many ways the Falcon is a better car, looks better, tows better and drives better.

        • Golfmother

          Yep looks are subjective , falcoon is no better , drives better maybe , shocking drivers seat , peering under the windscreen , poor economy , no hatch , overweight taxi .

          • Mothergolf

            Give it a rest “Golfmother” seriously…

          • Golfmother

            Thats right goofer , total piece of ancient 90’s memorabilia thats the falcoon .

      • Mothergolf

        give it a rest “Golfmother” seriously…

    • Kampfer

      They’ll build the next Mondeo locally and call it the new Falcon – if US can call their Mondeo Fusion why not call ours Falcon.

      If they do please keep the Hatch version…

      • $29896495

        I don’t see anything wrong in that. I think they should keep the hatch too.

        • B Smirched

          The Falcon name has value in this market so your point makes sense

        • Kampfer

          Do it the Toyota way. Make a localised EcoBoost V6 version call “Falcon the large car” and EcoBoost four version “Mondeo the medium car”.

          Seen to works OK for Toyota.

    • Golfmother

      Yes what was big 20 years ago, VS crummer is now medium , bracket creep .

      Packaging has advanced so much that most corolla size cars are more space efficient than  a VH crummerdore and far more economical and drive better .

      • Bob222

        It makes me wonder if that’s the real reason the sales of “large cars” are down… are they now too big? Commodore’s and Falcons used to sell by the bucket load when they were the size of the cars which are now selling by the bucket load.

  • Bc

    Its been a while since I read a review on the Mondeo but that Interior I don’t think I could live with that everyday it looks like a 2008 Hyundai in there an update is desperately needed.

  • save it for the track

    A Falcon ecoboost with Mondeo Titanium stereo etc. and maybe 100-200kgs of weight reduction would be a compelling proposition. But then again, imagine the xr6t or g6et with some weight reduction?

  • MattW

    unless you *had* to get one now, you’d be waiting for the new model. same with people (if any) buying kugas

    • $29896495

      Actually this should be the best time to buy one. Problems if any, should be sorted. Prices will be cut. Should be possible to get into a pretty nice car for a song.

      • Golfmother

        Damn fine car , should do better , drove the XR5  turbo , very impressive motor , handled well , pity it went .

      • MattW

        so you would’ve bought one of the old model Rangers instead of waiting for the new model as well? by the time the new model arrives they will have worked out the problems (like the cars equipped with the 1.6L ecoboost in the US).

        • $29896495

          Yes! I have done that in the past and would do it again. New models have to go through a complete cycle before all the catch ups are complete, especially if you are buying a car from Ford or GM. I specifically would NOT buy a 1.6 turbo in a Mondeo or Falcon, it is to SMALL.  (they go down to 1.1 in the UK) As I’ve said before in this site and others, you need a weight capacity balance, other wise you are working the engine to hard to achieve a result, meaning your economy goes out the window. Two cylinder Fiat 500 for example. Excessively large suck juice and ecessively small suck juice. two ends of the scale for the same result. But one end gives NO performance.

          Also, turboes add an extra thing to go wrong. My preference is for naturally asperated, reasonable capacity motor which can be lazy – thus saving fuel. I may not get a choice in time but that’s for the future.

          • MattW

            Maybe its just me but I couldn’t buy one now if I knew there was an improved and better looking model coming along. Hell no to the 1.6L, I completely agree with you on the right-size-engine issue, I was just using that as an example of issues that should be sorted by the time its on sale here. (Currently driving a FG XR6T, I’d be wanting the 3.5L ecoboost with AWD anyway even though they’ll only give you the 2.0L).
            I read the ‘turbos are another thing to break’ issue mentioned a lot but I’ve yet to talk to someone who has had that problem themselves.

          • $29896495

            I agree with you on the 3.5 ecoboost AWD, Trouble is at the moment I think this ridiculously small engine craze is being led by the Euros. I think they get some sort of tax break. Maybe if this gets built here after the Falcon, Ford will go the 3.5 route. Should be doing it world wide, they would have a car and a half to sell then.

            A driver in front of me had a turbo let go once. It was quite dramatic. I’d hate to be in that situation (this was in peak hour so no excessive speed or strain to warrant it) I do realize that the turbo tech has improved a hell of a lot in the 8 years since then. 

          • MattW

            Spot on Huwtm, they get smashed on taxes / tariffs for having any engines bigger than a shoebox. I’m suspecting in the same way the ST versions of the Focus and Fiesta took a while to do after the release of the new models, once the Mondeo/Fusion has been rolled out worldwide Ford will then go about doing a ST version of that as well.

  • Trickster

    We got a Mondeo Zetec Ecoboost 6 months back.  It was a 2011 model with 8k on the clock (ex Ford exec driven) and paid less than $27K driveway.  Good value that price.

    I admit it’s a good car and does all things well.

    – Roomy (fits 3 Safe & Sound baby seats in the back which many cars cannot do)
    – Very quiet
    – The ride/handling is more ride basis but handles/steers nicely
    – It takes a little to go but once in the midrange goes well (I drive a Skoda Octavia RS TDi DSG and it kicks the Mondeo’s butt especially low to mid)
    – The boot is big
    – Boring but nice to look at

    – Likes a drink.  Previous to the Mondeo we had a Pajero 3.2 Turbo Diesel Auto. Driving in the same conditions the Pajero was more economical – think a 2.3 tonne brick vs 1.6 tonne car!
    – The LED dash display is useless – no digital speed display and lots of space wasted showing what the stereo is doing!
    – Lots of buttons on the steering wheel doing not much (the new Focus is the same). Look at a VAG car for a simple design
    – You cannot get tyres for it!  We damaged the front left tyre 3 weeks back (its a 215/50 17 with a speed/load rating of 95W) and other than a handful of tyres in Darwin no one has the tyres in AUS. The problem is the speed/load rating of 95W.  Goodyear has 250+ on order from Europe and they’ll arrive sometime mid December……… they hope!

    We drove some Mondeo competitors, those being:
    – Mazda 6 too slow
    – Honda Euro expensive to service
    – Falcon – the Mondeo is better built and the interior is nicer – call the Falcon an older design.  Plus I didn’t want to cop the massive deprecation Falcon’s have

    In the end my missus picked the Mondeo over the others (it’s her car), but I’ll keep my Ocy RS over the Mondeo.

    Would recommend a Mondeo? Yes. But buy a near new model and pocket the savings.


    • Mondeo Man

      I would tend to agree with most of what you say there, from my experience, as I have said above. Except I wouldn’t say it is just roomy, the leg room and the boot is enormous for a car that size. Re the tyres, I’ve looked into that and there are several other suppliers such as Yokohama, Michelin, Pirelli and Toyo who do that size, but that isn’t much use when you only need one tyre and not a pair or set.

      • Trickster

        Heap the interior is huge and almost Falcon in size

        The tyre size isn’t the problem it’s the load/speed rating.  You’ll find most of the tyre suppliers have a load/speed rating of 91V inthe 215/50 17 which isn’t high enough for the Mondeo as it needs 95W.  Bridgestone have 1 tyre and Nexes or something do too but I would have to buy 2 tyres so both fronts (or rears) match, wasting $250 or so.

        Goodyear AUS have come to party though and I’m getting one of tyres from Darwin.

        • Mondeo Man

          Yes I know about the 95W rating. I was meaning that when the time comes for new tyres there are alternatives to the Goodyears in the same size and rating. Good luck with the replacement, I hope you haven’t had to use the space saver all that time.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Interiors really starting to date, but I had a Titanium wagon as a company car, and it was great. I’m really interested in the 1.0 ecoboost version of the next model. If it works well, you can bet VW, Renault et al will be following suit.  Please bring it here Ford Oz, take a gamble, be ahead of the curve because it would have a real USP. 

    • Marka

      the titanium interiors look much nicer than the rest.  

  • Doctor

    What is it with the styling of the global Ford models (Fiesta an exception)? They all look like they were penned by Ed Zachary’s twin…. not a good thing.

  • daz82

    Correction needed…….Seats do fold flat, you have to tilt the seat base forward first.

  • TC

    I don’t like this car there are so many faults

Ford Mondeo Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$14,850 - $16,880
Dealer Retail
$16,370 - $19,470
Dealer Trade
$11,800 - $13,500
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
300Nm @  1750rpm
Max. Power
149kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
235/45 R17
Rear Tyres
235/45 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Lower control arm, Gas damper, Coil Spring, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Control Blade, Gas damper, Coil Spring, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Power front seat Driver
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Front Floor
Country of Origin