The Ford Mondeo might not have the prestigious image of German rivals, but it’s a force to be reckoned with in Vignale guise, as our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, discovered.
The Mondeo Vignale is at the premium end of the Ford spectrum and comes with a special exterior and interior. The cabin also offers a plusher ride experience than in more ‘regular’ Mondeo models.
This Ford is so exclusive that you can’t even see the word ‘Mondeo’ written anywhere on it. Instead, the Vignale moniker is stamped everywhere you care to look – just to remind you you’re in something exceptional.
The Hybrid version of this car is even more exceptional. The 2.0TiVCT petrol-electric powered vehicle delivers an average of 67.3mpg, only 99g/km CO2 emissions – and a hushed ride. In fact, the Mondeo is so talented at being quiet that you question if the car is even switched on. It literally glides around with its automatic CVT gearbox doing all the hard work for you. Indeed, the plenteous power of the Hybrid blends a wonderfully unruffled ride, with the capacity to accelerate swiftly (0-62mph in 9.2 seconds) when the need arises.
The Mondeo Vignale Hybrid’s batteries only allow you to drive in pure electric mode for a couple of miles in the real-world, but even when the petrol engine kicks in, things are utterly tranquil. The car is soundproofed well, so the only real noise is wind and tyre roar at motorway speeds. The CVT gearbox can get a tad vocal when the accelerator is pushed to the floor – but it’s all very impressive, nonetheless.
Inside, the car has lashings of leather – and the seats are electric, allowing you and your front seat passenger to get comfortable easily. What’s more, the carpet is thicker than usual, again an indication that you are at the luxury end of the Ford brand. The Mondeo Vignale Hybrid also has more equipment crammed into it than a ‘normal’ Ford Mondeo. Kit includes satellite-navigation and a 12-speaker Sony audio unit – as well as connectivity.
Safety tech encompasses active park assist, pre-collision assist, and traffic sign recognition. If that’s not enough, the Mondeo Vignale is fitted with automatic braking to help stop a crash at up to 25mph. The rear seat passengers are particularly protected as their seatbelts are inflatable and expand in an instant in the event of a collision.
The £30,495 Vignale 2.0TiVCT Hybrid isn’t just about safety, comfort and economy – it comes with good-looks, too. It has a gloss look grille, extra chrome and unique alloy wheels, plus additional coats of paint. The four-door saloon is even more appealing when you consider it has a decent load area, lots of leg and headroom, parking sensors with reversing camera – and even a heated steering wheel!
If truth be told, there is so much to like about the Mondeo Vignale Hybrid that it should prove a seductive proposition. Why not contact one of Perrys Ford dealerships to find out more?
Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Efficiency √
- Ride √
- Room √
- Kit √
- Noisy Gearbox X
- Max speed: 116 mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.2 secs
- Combined mpg: 67.3
- Engine layout: 1999cc 4-cylinder petrol + electric
- Max. power (PS): 187
- CO2: 99 g/km
- Price: £30,495