Last year’s overall winner returned to defend its title this year, but with some changes to the specification. This year we’ve tested the green Econetic version.
Low-rolling-resistance tyres, aerodynamic changes, lowered suspension and a retuned engine contribute to some impressive economy figures. Expect 54.3mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km. Plenty of superminis struggle to match those numbers.
Power and torque outputs also drop, although the Mondeo still went from 30–60mph in a respectable 18.3 seconds.
In other ways, though, the Econetic was disappointing. In isolation, it was stable, but not as composed as other Mondeos we’ve tested. Several judges also found the lowered sport suspension less comfortable.
That said, there’s still a lot to like. Inside, it offers loads of room for passengers and luggage, and the build quality is good. However, we’d rather have the standard Mondeo for towing.
The weight information provided for this vehicle will need to be confirmed against its VIN plate before considering purchase of the vehicle to ensure suitability for your towing combination.