The UK's Auto Express magazine, the top-selling weekly for car enthusiasts, has picked Ford of Europe's newly redesigned Mondeo as its 'overall champion of 2007'.

Editor in chief David Johns said: "The Mondeo delivers effortlessly, performing with aplomb everywhere. It steers beautifully, rides with a composure and smoothness that's absent from even the best German executive cars, handles tautly and has a great range of engines. It's also vast inside, beats its rivals for quality, is clearly laid out with great refinement and comfort levels to take the sting out of everyday driving."

The magazine voted the new model (in hatchback form, with an honourable mention for the wagon) top of its class as best family car. Ford also builds a sedan version at the line's key source plant in Belgium.