The 2015 Ford Mondeo, otherwise known as the Ford Fusion, is a refined mid-size (D-segment according to those across the Atlantic) sedan (plus wagon and hatch in Europe) full of style, technology, and comfort, and convenience. But is it refined enough to be the 2015 European Car of the Year? Yep, it is, because it’s a contender.
Competing against some heavy artillery from BMW, Citroen, Mercedes, and Volkswagen (among others), the Mondeo is fully capable of keeping the other candidates at bay. Maybe it’s due to how it isolates passengers from the road with a comfortable ride thanks to the combination of noise insulation and multi-link rear suspension, or maybe it’s because of its attractive exterior design. But there’s more to the Fusion/Mondeo that’s exemplary, including fantastic crash tests results.
In Europe, the Mondeo is available as a four-door sedan, as well as a sedan-like hatchback and wagon. Equipped with an Atkinson-cycle 2.0L gas motor, the Mondeo Hybrid will only be available as a sedan. The vehicle’s other engine options include a new 160-horsepower 1.5L EcoBoost, and Ford’s admired 3-cylinder 1.0L with 125 horsepower is coming later on in the 2015 model year.
The Fusion has already been around long enough on North American shores to establish itself as a world-class midsize vehicle in the mainstream segment, and the Mondeo — with its stellar safety ratings along with the additional variants and extra equipment like fancy LED lights and massaging chairs — should perform equally well, if not better. But this is the 2015 European Car of the Year award, not some sales tally. Even so, considering Ford has three strong contenders in the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, we have no doubt the Mondeo can pull it off. Let’s see what happens come January.