If you're one of those people who get frustrated with vehicle manufacturers who offer what appear to be countless different variations of each model, Ford's move to simplify its established Mondeo lineup for the new model year will come as welcome news.
Although reducing the number of different versions of a model available is often what's done when a vehicle is being phased out and is to be replaced by a new one, that's not what's happening here. In fact, Ford is somewhat redefining the Mondeo by placing greater focus than ever before on sportiness and luxury.
Instead of the seven Mondeo variants there are currently in the lineup, in future there will be just five with the new Zetec model being the entry point to the range. For buyers who choose to go beyond the entry level Zetec, the range will now diverge along two separate paths. On one hand there will be the ST-Line and new ST-Line Edition models for those wanting a sporty feel to their midsize sedan, while those with more interest in pure luxury will have the Titanium Edition and the range-topping Vignale to choose between.
One thing is blatantly obvious about the refreshed Mondeo range though, and that's the fact there will be no such thing as a "basic" Mondeo, which becomes very clear with a quick look at the list of standard features and equipment. All five versions of the Mondeo will now come standard with satellite navigation, DAB radio, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, and even an autonomous braking system to reduce the severity of or to avoid low-speed collisions at speeds of less than 31mph.
On the sporty side of things, the ST-Line features front, rear and side body styling, lowered sports suspension, Ford Power start button and a darkened headliner, while the ST-Line Edition also gets 19-inch rock metallic alloy wheels and privacy glass.
The luxury route of the new Titanium Edition gets you premium leather heated seats with front 10-way power adjustment, and an engine lineup that includes a hybrid with emissions as low as 92g CO2. Meanwhile, the Vignale Nero appearance pack that was introduced at the start of this year is now part of the Mondeo Vignale's standard specification.