2017 Ford Mondeo Ambiente Review

2017 Ford Mondeo Ambiente road test and review…

Just like the Ford Focus we recently looked at, it’s a wonder that the Ford Mondeo isn’t a more common choice with Australian car buyers.

Albeit medium sized cars aren’t all that popular (with the exception of the Toyota Camry), the Ford Mondeo Ambiente is a great offering.

Even the base model comes packaged with an 8” touch screen complete with Ford’s Sync 3 interface, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto; colour driver info display, an electric park brake, speed limiter, paddle shifters, dual climate control.

Not to mention the spirited drivetrain consisting of a six-speed sports automatic transmission and a 2.0L turbo petrol engine (also available in a turbo diesel) with a sports mode, coming together at $33,190.

There’s a surprising amount of power out of the Mondeo and excellent acceleration even in the normal mode.

It’s seemingly an ordinary, run of the mill hatch with nothing outstanding but it’s often the ones that you don’t notice and allow you to enjoy the ride with great handling and compliant suspension.

A generous use of sport mode likely contributed to the 10.3L/100km fuel consumption reading.

Another noticeable quality is the very quiet atmosphere from inside the cabin making the already superb drive even more pleasurable.

Aside from the drive, the interior comfort is evident from the spacious medium sized car interior to the comfy seats, which, while plain black and fabric, are very plush with soft sponge.

And storage is never an issue with a huge, deep boot offering ample space for shopping, prams, boxes etc and easy access afforded by the sloping liftback.

Probably the only things that tainted my memorable drive of the Ford Mondeo was the hard to reach passenger side boot release and the very darkly tinted rear windscreen which made it extremely hard to see through and dangerously difficult at night.

Automatic headlights are another slight omission give the other included kit though ISOFIX anchors, rear seatbelt airbags and adjustable headrests in the front and back are most welcome.

So, all up a decent offering, with good comfort and features topped off by an above average punchy drive.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Ford Mondeo Ambiente

Engine: 2.0L turbo petrol producing 149kW and 345Nm

Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic

Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Spain

Price: From $33,190

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