Skoda Superb vs Ford Mondeo vs Volvo S60

The latest Skoda Superb offers class-leading space, but is it a better choice than the Ford Mondeo and Volvo S60?

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Skoda Superb leading Ford Mondeo and Volvo S60

Our verdict

It’s a close-run thing between the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb. They are two very capable and competent cars, but each will appeal to different buyers.

Expensive tax costs mean the Mondeo is less appealing to company car drivers, but some private buyers may be drawn in by the decent discounts and the chance to own a well equipped large car that’s also very good to drive. A sting in the tail comes in the form of hefty depreciation, which will promptly curtail any savings made on the list price, but some will judge that a price worth paying.

The Superb, on the other hand, offers up a hugely practical interior, and is far cheaper for business users. It might not be as keen on the road as the Mondeo, but it’s similarly comfortable and easy to live with. What helps it nudge slightly ahead of the Ford is the fact that it’s much less costly for private buyers, both to buy and to run. As an overall package it’s hard to beat, especially considering how well-equipped it is.

The Volvo S60 finishes last. Even among such highly regarded rivals it proves itself to be a comfortable and pleasant car to drive. Alas, a high purchase price, inferior practicality, and a fiddly infotainment system make it hard to recommend. It might hold initial appeal for company car drivers, but it’s difficult to justify against the high standard of this competition. There is a fractional saving to be had compared with the other cars, yes, but most would gladly pay that premium.

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1st – Skoda Superb

For Huge interior space; well equipped; cheapest to buy

Against Ride comfort on standard suspension; step in boot floor

Verdict A phenomenal amount of car for the money

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Ford Mondeo

For Great to drive; safety credentials; spacious

Against CO2 emissions; depreciation; infotainment

Verdict Impressive but expensive to run

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Volvo S60

For Lowest CO2; real-world economy; quiet engine

Against Media system; practicality; vague steering

Verdict Comfortable, but feeling its age

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 150 Titanium

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£25,095

Target Price Β£23,281

Power 148bhp

Torque 258lb ft

0-60mph 9.7sec

Top speed 134mph

Fuel economy 45.1mpg

CO2 emissions 115g/km

Specifications: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£23,280

Target Price Β£20,686

Power 148bhp

Torque 251lb ft

0-60mph 9.6sec

Top speed 134mph

Fuel economy Not tested

CO2 emissions 108g/km

Specifications: Volvo V60 D3 Business Edition

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£24,545

Target Price Β£23,647

Power 148bhp

Torque 236lb ft

0-60mph 9.6sec

Top speed 134mph

Fuel economy 51.3mpg

CO2 emissions 102g/km

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