I've been introducing myself here.
After a lot of research aiming at finding a replacement for my 2Gen Prius, I went for a used Mondeo Hybrid on offer in Leipzig. Last Friday, I travelled by train 400 miles from Kehl to pick up this car, a 2014 model equipped with all the available options, and driven only 18000 Miles. I drove it back with a detour, making it a 500 miles drive with an overnight rest in beautiful Coburg. Remember, the Mondeo is assembled in Valencia (Spain), but its hybrid components are imported from the Fusion plant in the USA.
Here are my first impressions.
The special taint called here “arctic white” yields nice lightning effects under certain illumination conditions. The black leather multi-contour seats are quite comfortable, offering heating, ventilation and massage. Here are a few pictures:
Together with the electrified steering column, the seats can be adjusted electrically, and recede when stopping the car’s hybrid system. That’s not common here in Europe. The sun roof provides a clear interior.
Here, the Mondeo is standard delivered on 16” rims. My car has ContiWinterContact SP830 P 215/60 R16 99H tyres from Continental, a high quality German manufacturer. Together with the well tuned front and rear suspensions, it provides a very nice ride. I do not feel any need for other rims.
It has the adaptive LED headlights and all available security and driver assistant systems. My long drive allowed me to get acquainted with them on the crowded high-speed German Highways, and I’m delighted.
I set the ACC to 135 – 140 km/h (80 – 83 MPH) whenever possible, which made me a somewhat slower car then many cruising at 150 – 160 km/h (93 – 100 MPH) (with some typically well over 200 km/h (124 MPH!). There are, however, also numerous trucks cruising at only 90 km/h (55 MPH). This situation which some of you may have experienced requires constant attention and frequent lane changing. We are indeed only allowed surpassing by changing lane to the left side, and we must go back to the right lane as soon as possible! The speed junkies gently remind you this by heavy flashing lights…
That’s the conditions I will use it in for about 25% of my driving, my aim being to limit fuel consumption and travel fast enough, without becoming stressed by the speed. It’s my first car with such assistants, and it took a moment to apprehend them. Now, I would not like to miss them anymore.
The adaptive cruise control (ACC) used in the ECO setting makes for very smooth automatic slowing and re-acceleration. It prevents the ICE from getting into high revving. When approaching a much slower vehicle, it suffices to put the blinking light and the car “understands” there is no need to start braking. It works best when anticipating such events.
The lane keeping assistant (LKA) is indeed an active one, and at first, it appeared a bit weird. But here again, it turns out to be a big aid for keeping right on track, also in gentle curbs.
The blind spot warning system is less needed on the left side, since there is virtually none left, but on the right side, it accurately indicates when it is safe to get back to the right.
The power delivered by the hybrid system is more then sufficient to keep this speed and more. The motor revs higher when climbing, but compared to my 2Gen Prius, there is no rpm concert! And the information provided by the LCD screen left to the speedometer nicely shows how the big traction motor (MG2) keeps assisting the ICE even at these speeds.
I did not yet thoroughly test the premium sound system and Sync 2. I like the central touch-screen because it has almost no glare and a nice contrast and resolution. In a way, it reminds me the one of my Prius, but in a more up-to-date version. I know there are better performing systems, but car multimedia is not in the center of my interest. I hardly use my smartphone for anything else then phoning and only listen to local radio stations when driving… The GPS layout suited me, and voice command worked out.
The Automatic ParkPilot system also seems to work just fine. In Europe, a Mondeo is considered to be a large car, and finding a parking slot will definitely be more difficult in our crowded cities. But I already found out that parking in an underground parking lot was as easy as before.
Finally, the car is very quiet, although I would wish Ford had done a better job on road noise. In spite of the active sound cancellation, I could hear noise coming from the back of the car. I’ll try and see how to improve this.
I did not yet refuel, but the ODB indicated 5,9 l 100/km (40 MPG). I consider this as very good, and not much worse then my Prius driven the same way (which is fast for it). I expect measured MPG to be a bit lower.
To conclude, I’m very pleased and happy with this Mondeo Hybrid as a clear upgrade from my 2Gen Prius. I thank the many contributors to this forum, who helped me with apprehending the strong and weak points of the sister model, the Fusion Hybrid, and in particular Hybridbear, whom I contacted by PM and Larryh for there efforts in helping people like me understand the HF35 hybrid system. I find it impressive, showing once more that the USA too, has bright engineers!
I will soon start using the car in my usual commuting, consisting of 2x10 miles driving in typical French (I work in Strasbourg) sub-urban traffic. A first test yielded 60 MPG OBD in cold (low 30s and humid) weather, using the same driving tricks I use with the Prius! I’ll soon let you know how that turns out…
Edited by Mister MMT, 19 March 2017 - 07:29 AM.