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2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
by Ewan Kennedy

Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test

Ford Mondeos first arrived in Australia in 1994. They didn’t sell particularly well so imports were discontinued in 2000. The return of the Mondeo to Australia in 2007 was welcomed by those who liked the idea of a vehicle with European styling and dynamics that could be used as a family car. The all-new Mondeo is significantly larger than the first series. In fact, it’s almost in the Falcon class inside and out.

The global outlook of the Ford motor company means there is a resemblance between the shape of the European Ford Mondeo and the Australian Ford Falcon. Our local car takes a more conservative approach than its imported brother. We really do like the looks of the Mondeo, particularly its short overhangs and the sleek treatment of the rear end.

The second Australian series Ford Mondeo, which is fully imported from Belgium, has a 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. All models have a six-speed automatic transmission. Our road test was done on a diesel engined model, it’s not the biggest seller in the range as Australians are still coming to grips with the idea of diesels in cars. But the Europeans have used diesels for decades and this Ford unit is one of the better examples of the modern generation.

2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test

It pulls well from low revs and doesn’t suffer from too much lag. Only when the engine is cold is it obviously a diesel when it’s idling, and even then you may only notice the noise when standing outside the car. On the move it’s pretty well as quiet as a petrol engine. While accelerating it has a pleasant deep note from the exhaust.

The main reason for buying a diesel engine is to cut fuel consumption. Most owners will only use about six to eight litres per hundred kilometres in country running and on our low-speed motorways. Consumption isn’t likely to go much above nine to ten litres per hundred kilometres even when doing hard commuting work in heavy traffic.

The Ford Mondeo was originally offered in four-door sedan, station wagon and five-door hatchback formats. However, the sedan was never a big seller, and looked too much like the hatch. So Ford withdrew it from Australia late in 2009 as part of an overall rationalisation of its entire model range.

Very pleasing are the European handling and comfort characteristics. There really is something about Euro cars that gives satisfaction to those who enjoy driving. The way the car answers commands properly, feels neutral and is happy to change direction part way through a corner. We are also impressed by the solid feel of the body, a feel that bodes well for long life.

2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test

On smooth to moderate surfaces the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels of the new Mondeo are very good. However, there’s a fair bit of road-noise intrusion on coarse-chip surfaces. This could put off people who do a lot of driving in the bush. Tyre noise isn’t unusual in European cars, but the Aussie designed and built Falcon controls noise so much better.

Front-seat room in the Mondeo is good and the rear can carry tall adults in comfort if those in front are willing to give up a bit of space.

Boot room is good in all body variants, with the wagon that we road tested having a usefully square styling that lets it swallow longer loads than you might anticipate. However, it simply can’t compete with the enormous load area of the home grown Falcon in this respect.

Mondeo makes a nice alternative for those looking for a family car that’s away from the Falcon/Commodore mould. It’s certainly worth adding to your short list of cars, particularly if you like the economy and long-legged gait of the turbo-diesel models.

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  • laurie

    So!! this is the existing model not the updated 2010 model which has PowerShift & a 120Kw diesel engine


  • http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/2316/usjettas.jpg Micky

    This article is incorrect. The Mondeo ceased sales in Australia in 2000, not 2002. I suspect the author of this article simply glanced at a VFACTs sales chart and saw that some were sold as late as 2002, but these would have been old stock.

    • Georgina JNW

      Ditto, RedBook proves this.

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

        Thanks folks. Fixed.

    • Georgina JNW

      Here is the history of the Modeo in Australia:
      * HA (July 1995) – original release. 97 kW 2.0 L

      * HB (October 1995) – small update, pricing changes

      * HC (December 1996) – facelift (new front- and rear-styling). 94 kW 2.0L

      * HD (January 1999) – added chrome door handles and saw the demise of the wagon.

      * HE (February 2000) – Verona sedan and Ghia hatchback replaced the LX and GLX – and new wheels, more features, a quieter drivetrain and revised trim. Meanwhile the ST24 sports sedan was added, powered by a 125kW quad-cam 24-valve V6 engine. It also included a five-speed manual gearshift, a body kit, alloy wheels, ABS brakes, leather trim, and sports seats.

      • Georgina JNW

        The 1994 release date is still wrong. RedBook and GoAuto quote July 1995 – maybe the Mondeo was announced for Australia in 1994?

  • Bob

    So with no mention of the 6-speed Powershift and using old photos, it sounds like this is either a review of the old model or it’s simy a rehash of an older test drive.

    How’s the Powershift, how’s the economy? It’s supposed to get sub-6L/100km in mixed driving so I’d love to see some real world data!!!

  • Radbloke

    Mondeos are a great drive, especially the diesel models.
    This review, however, is bordering on awful. It reads like it was written by a robot with its personality interface set to ‘bureaucrat.’ C’mon CA, you can do better than this.


      I agree, we have a 2009 Mondeo Zetec petrol model, best car in its class by a country mile, didnt even gamble with Korean or Japan made cars, sat in them but thats it,, didn’t want to look like a whitegood buyer, euro cars have quality engines, better chassis, better instruments, and better safety features etc etc etc….

      Mondeo is underrated in this country, everywhere else hmmmmmm yep selling like hot cakes, when we bought our’s the dealer said they don’t last long, most sold even before parked in thier car yard sadley many private owners are hanging onto these beauties leaving only the odd company/gov for sale, unfortunately not enough were sold new, good for resale I suppose.

      To do this car justice we need a complete review, C’MON lets be honest there is not much better for the price for EURO quality FULL STOP.

      • Devil’s Advocate

        Quality Euro engines you say? The “too small for a big, heavy car” 2.3 in the Mondeo is a Mazda designed engine! In fact the majority of the Ford Europe 4 cyl petrol engines can trace their design back to Mazda’s MZR engine. 😉
        Not to mention the Mazda6 uses the previous model Mondeo’s chassis so you could say the Mazda6 is also a Euro where it counts “under the skin”. That probably explains part of the reason why the Mazda6 is such a good drive. However the 6 is very Japanese in shape so is a love it or hate it design!

        • Devil’s Advocate

          By the way to clarify, I am referring to the older N/A Duratec 4 cyl engines and not the up-coming ‘all new’ ecoboost range etc.

  • Save it for the track

    According to the Ford Australia website the Mondeo 2010 upgrade is due Q3 2010, so that’s about…now.
    All models come standard with six speed auto (except XR5), and the 6 speed powershift dual clutch auto is listed as an option, on all petrol and diesel models including the diesel which is also available on all hatch and wagon models.
    The comment about the load space doesn’t really do the Mondeo justice when compared to just about anything else except Falcon wagon, it outdoes a Commodore, and as a matter of fact the cargo volume of the hatch just about matches a Commodore sportwagon. As a matter of fact it is comparable to many SUV & 4wd’s (large ones, not small or mediums) in terms of cargo volume. When compared to commdore wagon, and 4wd/suv’s in terms of cargo volume, interior features and fuel economy (diesel), it’s hard to find anything that is as complete an overall package (if not going off-road). A diesel Mondeo wagon with the new 6 speed powershift (whuch has been in Focus for a while) seems like a very enticing family vehicle. A proper test drive of the current model wouldn’t go astray…

    • laurie

      A proper test of the existing model has been done! what I’m annoyed at this Mondeo test on this site is not up to the typical high standard of CA even reporting of the updated 2010 model and the 2011 model reported here confused me!


  • Save it for the track

    Clarify, The cargo volume I refer to is the wagon, withe the Ford website listing SAE seats up volume as 1005L, and seats down as 2163L, and 816/1919 for the hatch, as a comparison I believe C’dore sportwagon is 880/2000 (with only the 2000 listed on the Holden website). With the combined fuel consumption of a diesel wagon listed as 6.2L/100 (for an auto remember), along with a 70L fuel tank, a Diesel Mondeo wagon seems to just about outdo anything else out there as an overall (non off-road) package. Whether it’s the auto or the ‘powershift’ dual-clutch seems like a good package now that the diesel can be had in all hatch and wagon variants from LX to Zetec.

  • Midi

    Probably not the best review ive read as not to hurt the sales of the locally built falcon by creating interest in a car thats brought from Europe. Atleast give an honest review instead of comparing the car with the falcon on numerous occasions. Better yet why not a mid-size car test???

    This car would be better evaluated against cars such as Accord Euro and Mazda 6, not a falcon. People can make that comparison once they go to a Ford dealer.

  • http://caradvice.com.au auto

    this is not the latest mondeo.the updated mondeo has an improved diesel and has a ecoboost petrol engine . this is Australia ,last cab off the rank to get anything any good

  • Jon

    This article is last year’s article. I was going to look at new diesel 120kw power, but this one shows 103Kw. Can anyone re-review this with updated Mondeo Car recently?

    • Kris

      Thew updated turbo diesel engine is not available yet. Should be getting close around September this year.

  • mmmmmm

    maybe car advice cant be bothered doing a though review until ford can be bothered updating the au models to new ecotech 2lt.
    holding off on the upgrade until after the motor is launched in the falcon means the ‘old’ modeo is still a low volume dare i say boring car.
    its always struck me as a bit of a mongrel with its volvo platform, old mazda 2.3 petrol, peugeot diesel, volvo turbos and zf gearbox, there just not much real ford in them.
    When they get the well reviewed ford motor and gearbox they may finally be an interesting car.
    and yes I know all car makers piece their cars together, but vw and toyota (even hyundai) seem to do far smoother than this bitza


      mmmmmm talk about a load of BS.

    • zahmad

      You mean ‘Ecoboost’. Ecotec is Opel/Vauxhall/Holden’s nomenclature for its family of mostly excellent 4 cylinders.

    • Superoo

      After driving one I found the mondeo to be, dare I say it, anything but boring. So I bought one. It hands by BA XR6 falcon its backside in the handling stakes and looks OK to boot. Lots of room and stacked with safety kit. There’s a heap of “parts borrowing” in new cars (I think even citroen had a hand in the diesel) but the end result should be what is judged.
      I’d love someone to show me the ZF gearbox in my mondeo……..

      • Stoney!

        correct, Mondeo doesn’t have a ZF!


      • The Oracle

        Some people seem to think that because the gearbox has six speeds, it must be manufactured by ZF. The 6 speed torque converter auto is actually made in Japan by Aisin. I’m pretty sure the DCT Powershift is made by Getrag.

  • Save it for the track

    According to the Ford website, the engines will be the 2.3L (unchanged apparently) petrol with 118kW & 208Nm, and 120Kw, 340Nm (1750-2500rpm) for the diesel. With the diesels only weighing about 50-60kg more than the petrol, it’s hard to see the case for the petrol, and with an auto available (unlike some competitors), seems very compelling. An accurate up to date review and/or roadtest or a comparison would be appreciated. The cargo volume is perhaps not as impressive as first imagined, with the VDA figures being 542L/1733L (sourced from UK website) for the wagon, which are comparable with Passat (603L seats up for passat wagon I believe) etc. trust Holden and Ford to use measurements (SAE), that others aren’t, although I believe Hyundai and Kia also quote SAE as opposed to the lower number VDA (such as VW, etc.) Perhaps in future any CA review can specify which measurement is being used, SAE or VDA, so as to better compare apples v oranges. Wonder what the VDA figure is for Falcon wagon?

    • bobr

      Excellent point, i always wondered why rental 2.0tdi vw jetta felt faster than 3.6l commodore omega despite the fact Holden claims it has million, yes million KW.
      I tell you what,from my real life experience Kilowatt claims are rubbish.You have to test drive each and one of these cars to realize this.
      And the real world figure for Falcon wagon? 120kw at 5000rpm.Because i tried it on open road ,it hits the wall at 190km/h.
      But that`s the problem Australian manufactures count on you never trying that out because of the nazi camera regime,whether the germans can`t lie to their customers because they know they will go out and try it out and see that their 118kw 1.4tsi passat will cruise at 200km/h.

      • Devil’s Advocate

        bobr, the Falcon wagon hit the wall at 190km not because of “lack of power” as you say, but because that is what the speed limiter is set at. Most of the “cooking” model Falcons have a speed limiter set to 190ish km/h. Take the speed limiter off and it would go much faster.

      • Sumodog

        It is one thing to “feel” faster and another to be faster.
        Jetta Tdi is not faster than VE 3.6.

  • Anthony

    I dont think Melbourne Ford dealers are interested in the Mondeo.
    I was considering buying one 2 months ago to replace my much loved but written off VW Jetta.
    None of the dealers had any to look at,besides the station wagon.
    But said they would call me as soon as they had one in.

    Well I am STILL waiting.

    I bought a Honda Accord Euro,which I absorlutely love,and IMHO is the mid sizrd benchmark.

    That may change next year,when VW launched the all new 2011 Jetta ??>

    • Able

      “I bought a Honda Accord Euro,which I absorlutely love,and IMHO is the mid sized benchmark.”

      I disagree, IMO all the mid-sizers are pretty equal, in that they all have their faults, except for a select few (who have many faults). The Epica is just rubbish and the i45 drives very softly. The rest are fine!

      CA, this wasn’t even a review, it was just an ad!

  • Save it for the track

    the key to euro car performance on autobahns is the torque and the spread of torque. With small capacity turbo diesels and now VW’s and Fiat and the like making smarter smaller capacity petrol turbo motors with useable torque delivered within the cruising rev range.

  • Kat

    Ford should market the hatch as a coupe, just like Audi is doing with the new A7.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Well the term coupe originally meant a “chopped/lowered” roof and had nothing to do with the number of doors the car had etc.

  • Glen

    Its a shame they discontinued the XR5 Turbo it was a great cruiser. They’re not importing anymore cos it doesnt meet euro IV emissions.

  • Adam

    Ford isn’t getting any more XR5’s because the model in Europe was discountinued, being replaced by an Eco Boost 2l engine

    The updated 2.0 Powershift cars are very slowly filtering into dealerships now.

    This is the worst review ever written. It’s worse than the FG XR6 review written a few months ago which was woeful. I would say the writer does not give a stuff about the car he just drove.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668475019 Jake Williams

    See I’m not sure that they even drove it…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668475019 Jake Williams

      That was regarding the above comment…

  • Andy

    Bought one in 2007, the TDci sedan version. And I am not a happy chappy.

    Build quality is absolute shite. 5 minutes out of the showroom and the rear windows dont wind down. Auto down and up functions wasnt working too.

    Then the air-con whistled. Yes folks, whistled. Even worse, subsequent service trips back to Ford fixed nothing.

    A few months later, even with the air-con problem not fixed yet, the driver’s side B pillar rattled like a spraycan. Problem not even diagnosed properly today, 3 years later.

    And in December last year, roof leaked. Yes u read right. The bleeding roof leaked in water.

    Now im driving a Toyota. Sad I know but 10,000km in 3 months with ZERO problems meant that I made the right call. Sorry Dearborn, but im packing up and going to Toyota City. Maybe a little side trip to Munich…

  • jodie

    love my mondeo …but has anyone had trouble with getting the bluetooth for the phone to work properly…I cannot get the lady to understand the numbers much at all..very frustrating!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sea.friend Sea Friend

    In Europe cars like Mondeo it’s very cheap.Every months in Serbia price its lower and lower .But very rarely who know what is good car.Everybody want Renault,Fiat (Punto) :) ,Peugeot,old BMW,some Benz model…but Ford Mondeo,Chrysler,Chevrolet,Passat,Golf 4,5, its high quality in my region.Honda Civic 18 etc,Toyota,its not quality anymore but very expensive.

  • Darcy Dunbar

    Nice car, but there’s no way I’ll waste money on the planned obsolescence, driven by marketing, that is the specialty of American-owned car companies.

  • shonky

    Ive always had Falcons and holdens and usually the performance ones but grabbed a 2010 runout for the wife.
    Holy s#”t the turbo diesel goes like the clappers,handles superbly and i can easily get 1100ks to a tank.The Mondeo is now my daily drive because I have quite a hefty commute and the wifes got my car

  • http://caradvice Brian

    Well I currently drive a turbo diesel and while the power is ample when in motion, I find the turbo lag bordering on dangerous. This may be only the new 120Kw version as the older 108Kw version seemed much more responsive from a standstill. The rest of the car is supurb and I would not shed a tear if we lost the Falcon. Truely, a very nice car except for he initial lag.

  • BP

    Geez, it’s had what 3-4 facelifts in its 4-5 years of being on sale in Australia & hasn’t done anything to push sales up. Give up already, it’s not clicking with buyers.

  • wayne francis

    wayne. Iam thinking about buying a mondeo 4cy petrol can owners please advice me thank yoy

Ford Mondeo Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$8,690 - $9,880
Dealer Retail
$10,270 - $12,210
Dealer Trade
$6,900 - $7,900
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
208Nm @  4200rpm
Max. Power
118kW @  6500rpm
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)
9.5L / 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
215/55 R16
Rear Tyres
215/55 R16
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
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System
Power Steering, Trip Computer
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Power Mirrors
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Front Floor
Country of Origin