Ford’s long-running family car took the What Car? Best Green Family Car 2011 title at the awards thanks to its new 1.6-litre diesel engine.
What Car? editor in chief Chas Hallett explained: “Ford has done great things to the Mondeo. The award-winning 1.6 TDCi is the best green family car, being both a brilliant all-rounder and remarkably eco-friendly with its low CO2 rating of 114g/km.”
The Ford Mondeo, which costs £19,895, also delivers 65.6mpg due to the inclusion of Start/Stop technology as standard.
However, with the likes of the Vauxhall Insignia offering similarly low CO2 emissions in its new Ecoflex range, the Ford Mondeo needed to stand out in other areas as well, said Hallett.
The reasons for the Mondeo’s triumph lies in Ford’s ability to create cars which are fun and responsive to drive.
Hallett added: “The judging team praised its supple and controlled ride, lively chassis and perfectly weighted steering.”
The Ford Mondeo Econetic comes in Edge trim, the entry-level Ford specification, with cruise control as standard. All models also come with Ford’s Easy Fuel system which prevents the tank accidently being filled up with petrol.
The award-winning 1.6-litre engine is available on a number of Ford cars such as the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford C-Max and Ford Galaxy. It was introduced to the Mondeo this year alongside a 1.6-litre petrol EcoBoost engine.
The 1.6-litre diesel engine is available on both five-door and estate versions of the Ford Mondeo. The latter costs £21,145 and offers the same level of CO2 emissions as the hatchback.
The engine is also available on Zetec and Titanium trim levels priced from £20,795 and £22,395 respectively.