Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 150 Titanium
List price when new £25,045
Price today £12,995*
Available from 2014-present
The Mondeo is a top family estate car that’s fun to drive, but it’s a fraction more expensive to buy and run than the Superb
Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business
List price when new £23,290
Price today £12,499*
Available from 2014-present
The Superb Estate is good to drive and without equal in this category when it comes to the space on offer. It also represents great value used
Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing
With SUVs now the de rigueur way to cart around your family, it’s all too easy to overlook the traditional estate car. Such wagons might not have the same lofty driving position or striking silhouette as their more fashionable alternatives, but they’re usually cheaper to buy - especially used - and lighter, and are often less expensive to run.
The Ford Mondeo is a classic example of the breed. It offers plenty of space and fine handling, and there are plenty of examples at competitive prices on the used car market. However, the Skoda Superb Estate offers even more interior space, and it’s a great value used proposition, too.
Both of these stylish estates come with 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engines that offer a good blend of performance and economy and, in mid-level trim, represent excellent value for money. In our original test, when these cars were new, the Superb triumphed over the Mondeo by virtue of it being cheaper to buy and run and having a more spacious and better-finished interior. Read on to see if the passage of time has altered our opinions, as we put these 2015 examples through their paces.
What are they like to drive?
From a standing start, the Superb is almost half a second quicker than the Mondeo in the 0-60mph dash. The in-gear acceleration times, which give you a better idea of how flexible each engine is in real-world driving, also put the Superb ahead.
However, while you may need to drop down an extra gear in the Ford to get the same turn of speed, the Mondeo has the more pleasant gearchange and still offers decent pace. Its engine is quieter, too. The Mondeo is also more fun to drive. There’s a touch less body roll as you turn in to bends, and the car feels better tied down over bumps and crests, giving you more confidence.
However, the Skoda is certainly no wallowy barge. Sure, it feels a touch softer and the body a bit more floaty over crests, but it still grips well and responds positively to your every command. It also has the nicer steering. The Ford’s steering can feel inconsistently weighted as you apply lock, while on the way out of corners the wheel wants to self-centre in a slightly unnatural way. By contrast, the Skoda’s builds resistance more progressively, so you find yourself thinking less about your steering inputs and more about the road ahead.
As well as that, the Superb still has the edge for comfort, especially so if the Mondeo wears the optional larger 19in alloys. However, even with both cars on the same size wheels the Ford isn’t quite as comfortable as the Skoda.
Both cars generate a noticeable amount of wind noise. However, road noise is more of an issue in both cars, especially at higher speeds, although it is slightly less prevalent in the Mondeo.
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