It only takes one fast-charged bend to reveal the excellence of the Mondeo’s chassis. Its nose turns in with clean, swift confidence, and the body comes after it without any sign of the heave and flop that you might expect of family wheels. There is some roll, but Ford should be commmended for how the whole car moves of a piece and stays that way even through a set of briskly attacked corners.

Body composure is impressive, then, but not as striking as the Mondeo’s resistance to understeer, which is emphatic enough to encourage you into leaning on it harder. And it responds very well. In the end it will understeer, of course, but gently and controllably.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The optional 18in wheels don’t damage the ride massively, and also have the steering wheel squirming slightly over camber changes, which keen drivers will like.

Switch the ESP off and you can adjust its line with the throttle; leave it on, as is sensible, and the car will neatly perform the trajectory trimming itself. Your confidence is only heightened by well judged steering that delivers a smidgin of feel, besides consistent (and quite light) weighting and decent precision.

If you go for the sports suspension and 18in alloys that may take a lot of Mondeo owner’s fancy came, you’ll have a fairly firm ride that is just pliant enough to avoid jostling over bumps and jarring over potholes. But it’s a fraction firmer than it needs to be, which is why we’d recommend the standard suspension and wheel size. With this set-up you lose almost nothing in body composure, and gain a ride that is rarely uncomfortable and often teeters on the exceptional.

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ESP is standard, and there’s an optional electronic, adaptive, three-setting damper set-up, called CCD (continuously controlled damping) that functions in league with Interactive Vehicle Dynamics Control (IVDC), a system that also includes a hill-holder. IVDC employs a yaw sensor to deploy damper settings that suit the road conditions and the driver’s style. But the standard suspension is good enough.

The minor spoiler here is the braking. There are no issues with stopping power, but the pedal feels over-servoed and we found it hard to heel and toe.

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