The arrival of the new AWD the Ford Mondeo (the first generation and equipment) allows you to elevate their status in the segment offering, like the Skoda Superb a plus of dynamism and safety that consolidates among the most comprehensive of its surroundings bringing you even premium models, against which you may now be seen as an alternative when you are looking for a combination of elements as a high performance diesel engine, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. And is that although they will not be the most sought versions within their respective ranges, allow its position one step up saloons other brands and models that can not offer its customers Diesel variants that reach 200 hp equipped with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. And, until recently, who were looking for a model with these features could hardly find brands such as Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz and among the general, a model of the Volkswagen Group, as the Volkswagen Passat, and more recently ago , self Skoda Superb.
He AWD system from Ford Mondeo it works under normal conditions as a front wheel drive, with a hydraulic coupler which transmits torque to the rear differential when it detects loss of adhesion at the front axle as necessary. In limit conditions, You can send up to 100 percent of torque motor can be derived the rear axle. A system that involves a 100 kilos overweight and a increase in consumption of about 1 l / 100 km according to our measurements (Mark speaks of just under 0.4 liters). And here it does not reach the degree of efficiency of its rival, with average consumption recorded by our Technical center 7,1 l / 100 km compared to 6.3 l / 100 km registered by the Czech frugal. Price, AWD in Mondeo an increase of about 3,000 euros respect to the front-wheel drive versions. All-wheel drive rather than promote a sporting character is destined essentially to increase security on land with little grip, either rain or snow. Still, besides the obvious improvement in security, slightly increases the dynamism.
More experience accumulates lately Skoda in their saloons 4x4, it takes since 1999 using it in many of their models and are more than half a million units sold since then the four-wheel drive. As in the Mondeo, the system is Skoda Superb automatically attachable depending on the needs through a Haldex clutch and, therefore, no center differential.
Skoda Superb and Ford Mondeo Sportbreak: Diesel, 4x4, automatic
Are, therefore, two models very similar mechanical configuration, saloon with which to enjoy a plus comfort (for him auto switch) And safety (AWD) with faced on long road trips with everything you need to do to enjoy driving. We consider them a long journey that involves us about four hours to their commanders, many kilometers of paths as varied, from toll roads to secondary roads with curves of all types and asphalt in good and bad conditions for to discover how they are each other.
He Ford Mondeo, this time with his family Sportbreak body, is somewhat heavier -1,846 versus 1,743 kg- and apparently more voluminous proportions, it feels less agile when the path requires continuous changes of trajectory, but remains at all times precision cornering and leaves it at full throttle with many motor skills when they are shown on asphalt 180 hp it develops. Besides being lighter, the direction Skoda Superb it feels faster allowing move more effectively in this type of roads, over which demonstrates more typical agility of smaller saloons. also their DSG, which seems faster Inserts and reductions that also PowerShift dual clutch automatic Mondeo, contributes to the feeling of moving between curves with more dynamism, with a slightly higher rate but also means leaving behind the Ford easily.
But this kind of paths, increasingly unusual on Spanish roads, will not assume therefore the most common type of driving. Expressways or wide two-way roads where they do not reach those paths represent more appropriate for this type of models.
Skoda Superb faster than Ford Mondeo
180 and 190 hp respectively and in both cases associated with an automatic gearbox, show great ease to reach cruising speeds we deem at all times. Accelerates more forcefully the Superb 2.0 TDI favored by a better power / weight ratio and a change DSG faster when meshing gears. Thus, we endorse between 1.9 and 2.3 seconds in major acceleration measurements. The Mondeo also lost ground in recoveries, to cover the 80-120 km / h in 7.5 seconds for the 6.2 Skoda.
But for anyone who wants especially much ride comfort it will not result in much less definitive choice. And it is precisely driving comfort what both marks, comfort that comes fruit both their racks and, above all, what interiors the amplitude is the dominant note, with special mention for the Skoda Superb, whose rear seats show more space for own legs of a luxury sedan; 88 cm versus 79 Sportbreak Mondeo. They also have sufficient width as for what three adults They are accommodated without too many problems and can make long journeys with a sufficient degree of comfort.
In the porterage, he volume getting Superb puts a benchmark with its 595 liters. At Mondeo Sportbreak their 520 liters also they give to much, especially in this familiar body for its expandable volume if we take the space from the luggage compartment cover curtain to the ceiling.
Skoda Superb in front of Fond Mondeo: the verdict
Dynamically, the Skoda Superb It is slightly above the Ford Mondeo, playing with the small advantage that gives its lighter weight and more efficient motor / set change. Furthermore, the dimensions of inside also positioned in slightly more advantageous position.
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