Ford must have wondered what they needed to do to grab a few sales in the family hatch market. Their Mk4 Mondeo, originally introduced in 2008, was a belter. It drove well, it looked good, it was priced keenly and it was packed with equipment. In relative terms, nobody wanted it. Ford introduced better engines. Still nobody was really interested, so in 2011, the Blue Oval brand tried more drastic remedial action. A smarter look was accompanied by substantial changes to the engine range. So from here on, buyers could select from 120 and 160PS versions of the 1.6 Ti-VCT unit at the bottom of the range, or move on to a 145PS 2.0-litre Duratec petrol option. Flagship variants could be fitted with 203 and 240PS versions of the efficient 2.0-litre petrol Ecoboost powerplant.
Diesel customers got 140 or 163 PS Duratorq 2.0-litre engines, or a 200PS Duratorq 2.2-litre powerplant. In April 2013 Ford upgraded the Mondeo again, introducing the Graphite trim level aimed at private users and the Titanium X Business Edition, which pensioned off the previous Titanium X range-topping trim package, albeit with a £1,500 haircut on price.
Ford also took a look at improving emissions and went for the quick win, with the popular 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine being fettled to deliver CO2 emissions from just 119g/km across both 140PS and 163PS power outputs - a reduction of up to 10g/km. Fuel consumption was also improved from 57.6mpg to 61.4mpg.
The replacement for this car was shown as early as 2012, which didn't really give it the chance it deserved in the market, but Ford was confident that its successor could regain lost market share. That car duly arrived at the tail end of 2014.