This translates to slightly stronger acceleration in Mondeo, however Commodore tends to use less fuel. For day-to-day use and on the open road, however, they are both equally competent. Similarly, there’s not too much separating them in ride and handling, and they are very smooth, quiet and surefooted around a corner. If there’s any difference, Mondeo feels a touch sharper and a little more grounded.
The diesel engine is offered only in the base-model Commodore Sportwagon LT. A front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine is available in the LT and the next level up, the RS. The range-topping RS-V gets all-wheel drive and a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine. Prices range from $35,890 to $49,190, before on-road costs.
In the Mondeo wagon, the diesel engine is available in all trim levels – Ambiente, Trend and Titanium – with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine option in the base-model Ambiente. The range is $35,040 to $49,840 plus on-road costs.
‘Once you’ve settled in, both are very comfortable for a long drive.’
Neither car lacks in safety features, both scoring five-star ANCAP safety ratings. Both are fitted with some of the latest safety and driver-assistance features, such as autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Mondeo also has adaptive cruise control, a driver knee airbag, and airbags in the outer seatbelts for rear-seat occupants, which inflate across the chest on impact. Both models have blind-spot monitoring in the higher spec levels, with the Commodore also receiving rear cross-traffic alert.
Each car has taken similar approaches to interior layout, with buttons to control media and dual-zone climate control systems directly below the infotainment screen. Both are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however Commodore’s seven-inch touchscreen in the LT relies on smartphones for maps and navigation.
The Mondeo has an eight-inch touchscreen incorporating the latest SYNC 3 technologies, but we felt the screen would be easier to use if it were angled slightly towards the driver. Both driver and front passenger get eight-way power-adjusted seats in the Mondeo, but the passenger misses out in the Commodore. Partial leather sports seats fitted to the Mondeo offer slightly more side bolstering than the Commodore’s standard cloth seats, but once you’ve settled in, both are very comfortable for a long drive.