Ford Mondeo

Front: 10
Side: 16
Pole: 2
Pre 2002 rating

Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Weak, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Adequate, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildBritax Rock-a-tot, rearward facing
3 year old ChildBritax Elite, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveRHD
Tested modelFord Mondeo 1.8 LX
Body type5 door hatchback
Year of publication2002
Kerb weight1375
VIN from which rating appliesWF04XXGBB41D74713

Ford's Mondeo was tested a year ago and the results were published last November. Then, Ford promised improvements and this latest test tracks changes made after the results were originally published. The Mondeo performed well but was criticised by testers because its body became unstable during the frontal impact and because high loads were transmitted to the driver's and passenger's chests, increasing injury risks. Otherwise, it gave balanced occupant protection in the front and side impacts, particularly for children in the rear.

Front impact
The restraint system now keeps the driver's head and chest away from the steering wheel but instead he suffers fairly high chest loads. Hard points under the steering wheel posed a risk to his knees and upper legs, although modifications improved the protection available. The centre rear seat is equipped with a three-point belt that protects far better than a lap-only belt.

Side impact
The Mondeo comes equipped with thoracic and head curtain airbags. These worked well in protecting the driver and the head curtain would also provide protection to rear passengers.

Child occupant
The 18 month-old was put in a rear-facing restraint and the 3-year-old in a forward facing one. Both worked well in protecting the children during the frontal and side impacts. However the pictogram on the end of the passenger's facia warning of the danger of a rear facing child restraint in the front passenger's seat could be misunderstood. It was backed, however, by a written warning label, in English, French, and Spanish, which was fixed to the passenger's sun visor. This label was visible with the sun-visor in the stowed position and mentioned the possibility of death or serious injury if a child was placed up front in a rear-facing restraint.

The pedestrian protection was assessed using the old procedure and the Mondeo has not been re-tested using the new one. For that reason, scores and other details of the car's performance are not given opposite.