I like utility cars that can be driven enthusiastically all over the place, cart stuff about without worrying about scratching them and don't concern myself with 'image' or 're-sale'.
I'm also in a lowly Edge spec, which has everything one might need (it even has the extremely unnecessary voice control) and the 'small' (16") steel wheels that actually have tyres with some air cushioning.
It felt heavier than my old Mk3, but is very composed and has good steering for a large car. Surprisingly nimble on tight back roads, the standard suspension gives great grip, ride and handling if you're a keen driver, much more comfortable than the sport with massive rims.
The Mk4 engine is far better. The 140 (a conservative number, apparently) felt no quicker than the old 130 due to the more linear response, but having done extensive autobahn testing on holiday in both, it does accelerate more quickly and can maintain higher speeds.
It's not fast, but never feels slow.
The Mk4 Mondeo is a great family does-it-all car, albeit a bit too big, bulbous and under-windowed to see out of easily in tight car parks.