Best Large Family Car Awards
Winner: Ford Mondeo
Commended : Kia Optima

t’s five years old now, but the Ford Mondeo is still going strong. Despite an ever-increasing number of rivals in the large family car class, the big Ford remains at the top of the tree.

In five-door hatchback guise the Mondeo delivers all the space and practicality a growing family will ever need, while a wide range of engines and trim levels means there’s a model for every taste and budget.

But there’s more to the Ford than a big boot and lots of choice. All versions drive brilliantly, thanks to a chassis that delivers the perfect blend of handling comfort. What’s more, the Mondeo’s low noise levels and supportive seats make it one of the best motorway cruisers in the business.

There’s also a strong engine line-up, including the racy 237bhp 2.0 turbo petrol and the 60mpg 1.6 TDCi diesel. However, we’d recommend the smooth 2.0 TDCi, which delivers a perfect mix of performance and economy.

Equally impressive are the Ford’s solid build quality and surprisingly upmarket cabin – it’s easily a match for more expensive, premium badged rivals. It’s also very well equipped, with entry-level models getting Bluetooth, air conditioning, cruise control and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. So, for the second year in a row, the Mondeo takes a well-earned large family car victory.

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