The UK’s leading car buyer’s guide announced the accolade in the all-new Ford Mondeo’s first full month on sale.
A further Ford award from the expert What Car? magazine and website team celebrated Fiesta ST as best hot hatch for the second year running.
Ford’s success at the 2015 What Car? Awards came on the same day as industry figures confirmed the Blue Oval had sold the most cars in the UK for 38 consecutive years and been top commercial vehicle brand for 49 years.
The all-new Ford Mondeo combined a thrilling drive with practicality and fuel efficiency, declared What Car?
Editor Jim Holder said: “It’s hard to find an estate car that excels in every single area, yet Ford has managed to get it spot on with the new Mondeo. Just like the old car, it’s fantastic to drive, with a refined engine and a smooth ride. The boot is the perfect shape for carrying a wide range of everyday items, from a huge weekly shop to a full complement of suitcases. It’s cracking value and will be cheaper to run than most of its rivals, thanks to CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.”
What Car? singled out the Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi Zetec estate, which is capable of over 74mpg and, priced at £23,045, comes with SYNC 2 connectivity and eight-inch touchscreen as standard, as well as cruise control, DAB radio and useful rear seat ski hatch.
The dynamic yet practical Fiesta ST has exceeded sales expectations thanks to its combination of high-performance and value – it is available from only £17,395. Delivering over 180PS and 0-62mph in under seven seconds, the ST has amassed over 7,500 sales in the UK last year.
Jim Holder, What Car? editor, said: “The Fiesta ST is brilliant to drive, whether you’re out for a back-road strop or on the daily commute. It’s also great to live with, with decent real-world economy, plenty of standard kit and reasonable running costs. The Fiesta makes you want to simply get in and go for a drive. There are few cars these days that can do that.”
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said: “Ford’s flying start to 2015 is celebrated by these What Car? wins. New Mondeo is now arriving in dealerships – hard on the heels of the new Focus. With new C-MAX and S-MAX models also in the pipeline and the legendary Mustang, 2015 will bring plenty of further fresh products to Ford dealerships.”