New Ford Mondeo returns 65.7 mpg

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The recently refreshed Ford Mondeo range now includes a new 1.6-litre engine that returns 65.7 mpg combined, in both saloon and estate forms.

Spanning 1.6, 2.0 and 2.2-litre displacements, the latest engines feature emissions which are lower by up to 20 per cent than earlier models.

Both the Ford Mondeo’s 1.6 115 PS TDCi diesel and EcoBoost 160 PS petrol units boast Auto-Start-Stop as standard. The diesel’s CO2 emissions of 114 g/km, equating to 65.7 mpg for both five-door and estate body styles, make it the most economical Mondeo ever.

Emissions have been reduced by 12 per cent, or 25 g/km, compared with the 2.0-litre 140PS diesel engine. Other Ford ECOnetic Technologies contributing to this achievement are an aero kit including lowered suspension, smart regenerative charging, Active Grille Shutter and Eco Mode driver feedback. The new 1.6-litre TDCi delivers 270 Nm of torque (290 Nm with overboost) from 1750-2500 rpm.

Ford’s new EcoBoost petrol engines combine three technologies, which enable a smaller displacement to offer fuel economy benefits and more power than conventional larger capacity versions. Direct injection, turbo charging and variable cam timing mean the Mondeo’s 1.6 EcoBoost delivers up to 160 PS, 44.1 mpg and 149 g/km CO2 – 20 per cent better than the 2.0-litre 145PS petrol.

Ford Auto-Start-Stop system can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to five per cent in mixed driving conditions. In an urban environment and in heavy traffic with frequent stops, the savings could increase to as much as 10 per cent.

Ford Auto-Start-Stop features an enhanced, durable starter motor to support the increased number of engine starts and a high performance Improved Flooded (IF) Battery with a Voltage Quality Module (VQM). This maintains the energy supply to electrical components such as the entertainment system during engine restart. In addition a Battery Monitoring System (BMS) continuously checks the battery charge and communicates with the Auto-Start-Stop function, so the system leaves the engine running in the event that the battery does not have sufficient charge.

The Auto-Start-Stop system’s sensors detect when the driver performs an action that signals the intent to drive off, such as pressing the accelerator or clutch pedal. As soon as the driver prepares to move away, the engine starts almost instantly – it only takes around 0.3 of a second to fire up. The process is virtually imperceptible, and happens before gear selection is completed.

Following the 2.0-litre EcoBoost 203 and 240PS range-topping petrol choices announced at the launch of the new Ford Mondeo, a premium 2.2 TDCi 200PS diesel has been added to the Titanium series.

This performance engine provides 420Nm of torque (450 Nm with overboost) while retaining fuel economy at an impressive 47.1mpg. The diesel flagship is available with Ford’s smooth-operating six-speed automatic transmission for a powerful yet relaxed driving experience. The renewed auto box is a second generation of the well-proven Durashift 6-tronic transmission. This torque converter transmission is a perfect match for the torquey 2.2-litre unit.