Hybrid Mondeo scoops Next Green Car award

Ford’s new hybrid Mondeo has been named the best large family car at this year’s Next Green Car Awards.

Despite having not gone on sale yet, the Mondeo Hybrid, Ford’s first hybrid built and sold in Europe, received high praise from award judges for its hybrid drivetrain and frugal performance.

Next Green Car’s judging panel said: “Well done to Ford for bringing its hybrid know-how to the UK market. The Mondeo Hybrid delivers emissions under the 100g CO2/km threshold.”

One of the most hotly-anticipated models in Ford’s lineup, the new hybrid Mondeo features two electric motors in its system, one to support its petrol engine and the other to regeneratively recharge the battery.

Performance

According to Ford, the hybrid is capable of travelling up to 85mph in electric mode alone and produces a total of 185bhp when combined with the 2.0-litre petrol engine.

However, its high-powered hybrid drivetrain still manages impressive fuel economy and emissions figures; the carmaker says that it can deliver 67.3mpg on the combined cycle, with only 99g/km of CO2.

Joe Bakaj, Ford Europe’s vice president for product development, said: “With our first hybrid to be built in Europe, we’ve improved fuel efficiency and CO2 without sacrificing the power and driving experience Mondeo customers have come to expect.”

Available in the UK as a four-door hybrid, five door saloon and as an estate, the new Mondeo range will be on sale towards the end of the year, priced from £20,795.

Ford says that the new model will be the “most technologically advanced” Ford vehicle on sale in Europe, and will feature a range of firsts for the marque, which include the new hybrid model.

Design

The revised exterior is modelled on a sports coupe profile with a low roofline, while the estate model will come with a retractable panoramic roof.

Other features include the signature trapezoidal grille and a new laser-cut headlamp design, while it will also be the first Ford model in Europe to come with adaptive LED head- and tail-lights).

On the inside, the cabin will feature a digital instrument cluster mounted and eight-inch touchscreen mounted on a soft-touch panel. According to the carmaker, the seat backs have been made thinner in order to boost legroom in the rear without sacrificing passenger comfort.

Ford has also included the SYNC2 infotainment system, plus adaptive cruise control and safety kit that includes pedestrian detection system and an industry-first inflatable rear seatbelt.

In addition to the hybrid model, other powertrain options will include various turbocharged diesel engines, plus a range of petrol EcoBoost engines with emissions from as little as 119g/km.