It officially launched last week in Malaysia; now we give you a closer check-out at the fifth-gen 2015 Ford Mondeo, almost as if you’re in the showroom yourself. The sharp-suited sedan’s come all the way from Valencia, Spain to challenge the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Teana, Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat.
Where kit is concerned, our car largely apes Australia’s mid-level Trend variant, but adds a few bits from the top Titanium trim. We get adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start, dual-zone auto air-con with rear vents, 10-way powered front seats and auto lights and wipers, as well as shift paddles, front and rear parking sensors and an electronic parking brake.
MyKey allows the programming of features such as setting the maximum speed limit and the maximum audio volume, while the eight-inch SYNC 2 touch-screen incorporates a reverse camera display, Bluetooth, USB, AUX and Voice Command. No navigation, but there’s a nine-speaker Sony sound system.
On the outside, you’ll make out adaptive LED headlamps with DRLs, twin tailpipes and 17-inch twin five-spoke alloys covered in 235/50 rubber.
Under the bonnet is its predecessor‘s 2.0 litre EcoBoost engine, so you get the same 240 PS at 5,300 rpm and 345 Nm of torque between 2,300 and 4,900 rpm – but this time, the motor works with a conventional six-speed auto instead of the six-speed PowerShift twin-clutcher.
The safety arsenal comprises ABS, EBD, ESC, traction control, hill launch assist, Isofix and seven airbags. There’s also Lane Keeping Alert + Aid, but no BLIS, lane departure warning, Active City Stop, enhanced Active Park Assist nor Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
The price to pay for all this is RM203,771, OTR with insurance and GST. Included is a three-year/100,000 km warranty and three years’/60,000 km free service. Tectonic Silver, Frozen White, Panther Black and Ruby Red body colours are available.