BRENTWOOD, 12 January, 2012 – The Ford Mondeo picked up two accolades at the What Car? 2012 awards, being declared both the UK’s best family car and the best estate car for the second consecutive year.

The best family car award went to the Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi 115PS Zetec, with the UK’s most popular car buyer’s guide naming the Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140PS Zetec the best estate – repeating the car’s double success at the What Car? Awards last year and also in 2009.

Andy Barratt and Anthony Ireson with the What Car? 2012 awards

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “The Ford Mondeo has plenty of fresh rivals, but it’s such a strong package that it picks up two more awards this year, for best estate car and top family car. Ford has worked hard to keep the Mondeo refreshed and it has succeeded; this is still a great all-round package, either as a hatchback or an estate.”

Last year the Ford Mondeo was updated adding external refinements, heightened interior craftsmanship and new hi-tech features.

The winning Zetec model accounts for 38 per cent of sales in the UK, with the standard specification including 16in alloy wheels, advanced Bluetooth® hands-free and voice control system, cruise control, adjustable speed limiter, Quick Clear heated windscreen, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, electronic stability programme with traction control and Emergency Brake Assist, electrically operated and heated door mirrors with integral indicators and Thatcham approved alarm.

Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said: “Ford are delighted that Mondeo has once again been recognised as the best all-rounder. Appealing to family and business executives alike thanks to its elegant exterior styling and wealth of technology features, it also offers new powertrains which meet the low-carbon needs of our customers.”

Fitted with auto start-stop as standard, the 1.6-litre TDCi engine returns over 65mpg and emits only 114g/km CO2 whilst the turbocharged 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine is capable of 134mph, delivers 41.5mpg and emits 149g/km CO2.”

The award-winning Ford Mondeo range is priced from £17,795 on the road.