Ford is one of the few manufacturers that will still sell you an honest-to-goodness estate model rather than some marketing name used to make the humble load-lugger sound sexier. Not only that but with the Mondeo Estate Ford also sells one of the largest, most refined and well-appointed cars of its type.

The most striking thing about the Mondeo Estate is the sheer size of the car; at just shy of five metres it is almost as long as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate and has the interior space to match. Four adults can be accommodated with ease with space for a fifth over shorter distances. The real boon is the boot; while rivals have chased style over practicality the Mondeo manages to combine both. There is more than enough space to lose some children, while a large opening with no lip makes it easy to load larger objects. With the seats collapsed an oblong shaped 1,733-litre space is exposed.

To attract buyers who would normally be tempted by premium rivals Ford has fitted a high quality interior that verges on the best the Germans have to offer. The dashboard layout is simple but well-constructed with soft touch plastics and brushed aluminium or piano black trim throughout (depending on model).
Six trim levels – Edge, Edge+, Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X and Titanium Sport X – are available with Zetec offering the best value for money. Even in the entry-level variant Ford has been generous with air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, electric windows front and rear all fitted as standard.

Diesel engines are understandably the most popular and while the 113bhp 1.6-litre will suffice for most it will run out of puff when the estate is loaded up. The extra pulling power available from the 2.0-litre diesel – in either 138- or 161bhp guise – is more suited.

The estate market may be a relatively small one but with an abundance of space, great road manners and premium interior the Ford Mondeo Estate is king.