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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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What are they like inside?

There’s plenty of space in the front of all of these cars, especially the Skoda Superb, so taller people shouldn’t have any issues. All three provide a decent amount of steering wheel and driver’s seat adjustment, too, and all get adjustable lumbar support.

Sit in their rear seats, though, and one car stands out: the Superb. It has the most rear head room and more leg room than many large executive cars.

Two adults will fit comfortably enough in the back of the Ford Mondeo, too, but the Volvo S60 is noticeably tighter, and three adults will be rubbing shoulders in all of these cars.

The Superb continues to dominate when it comes to boot space. With its rear seats in place, it has a huge, square load area that dwarfs even the Mondeo’s. That said, even though handy boot-mounted levers come as standard to split and fold the rear seats 60/40, with them down there is a significant step in the boot floor.

Although not as large as the Superb’s, the Mondeo’s boot is far from outclassed. Its access is every bit as good and its folded rear seats leave a flatter surface. Like the Skoda’s boot, it’ll easily swallow two large suitcases or a couple of large pushchairs and more.

Being a saloon, access to the S60’s boot is more restricted, and it can’t compete on space. Its shallower shape makes it more awkward to cram bulky items inside, and, though the rear seats fold flat, the S60 is not as versatile or as practical as the other two cars.

The S60’s soft-touch surfaces and metallic accents put it on a par with the Skoda’s well-built interior, though. The Mondeo’s dash features scratchier plastics farther down its dashboard and generally looks and feels the cheapest here.

However, it’s easy to navigate the dashboards of the Mondeo and Superb, with their large buttons and intuitive touchscreens, whereas the S60's has too many poorly labelled controls.

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