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Volvo S90 vs Jaguar XF vs Ford Mondeo Vignale 2017 group test

If you want a premium saloon that isn’t German, could either the Volvo S90, Jaguar XF or Ford Mondeo Vignale be the car for you?

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Ford Mondeo Vignale side profile

Volvo S90 vs Jaguar XF vs Ford Mondeo Vignale prices

Buyers of premium saloons will most likely opt for a diesel-engined car with an automatic gearbox. This makes the Ford Mondeo Vignale the least expensive of the group, priced from £32,245 for the 2.0-litre diesel with an automatic gearbox. The Mondeo Vignale comes with all the bells and whistles that you can fit on a base Mondeo as standard – this includes a touchscreen infotainment system, a 12-speaker stereo system,  a full leather interior and parking sensors to name but a few.

The runner-up, the Volvo, priced from £32,955 offers the same amount of kit and offers a larger eight-inch vertically orientated infotainment screen.

For a 2.0-litre diesel with an automatic, you’ll have to fork out £34,050 for the Jaguar. Although you may pay a premium over the other two, the Jaguar comes with the same amount of kit as the other two cars and includes its very own wi-fi hotspot.

White Volvo S90 side profile

Volvo S90 vs Jaguar XF vs Ford Mondeo Vignale styling

Arguably, the S90 stands out as the best looking of the trio, with a handsomely styled front-end, featuring uniquely styled LED lights and a deep grille – a step away from Volvos of yesteryear. The Volvo also benefits from strong lines down the side and is overall a well-proportioned saloon. However, the rear-end styling of the Volvo is a bit divisive, but we think it suits the car.

The runner-up here is the Jaguar, which looks the classiest of the bunch with its neat lines and tidy looking headlights. Be sure to choose your Jag in the right colour – as some are arguably less flattering than others.

The Vignale looks too much like the much cheaper Mondeo saloon it’s based on – it only really distinguishes itself with the addition of some chrome trim pieces and a smarter grille. When parked alongside the other two cars in this test, it doesn’t feel all that special.

Volvo S90 interior dashboard

Volvo S90 vs Jaguar XF vs Ford Mondeo Vignale interior

‘Minimalism’ is the word that comes to mind when describing the Volvo’s interior. The highlight being the large centre touchscreen mounted like a vertical tablet. The seats are very comfortable, it’s well made and has a premium feel about it.

Another worthy contender for the top spot is the Jaguar. Its interior is the sportiest of the three, but unlike the Volvo, some of the materials feel a bit flimsy. The infotainment system matches that on the Volvo in terms of functionality and quality.

Quilted leather seats and leather interior trim are the highlights of the Vignale’s interior. Besides these premium touches, the Ford feels very much like standard Mondeo model. Even with the improved Sync 3 infotainment system, the interiors of the other two cars feel better put together and feature arguably more upmarket feeling infotainment systems.

Volvo S90 vs Jaguar XF vs Ford Mondeo Vignale practicality

Volvo has extremely comfy back seats with lots of legroom and a big enough boot for most people, although the XF has the largest boot of this trio. The Volvo also benefits from lots of in-car storage with cubby bins and cupholders aplenty.

Although rear passengers room may be down compared to the Volvo and Jag, the Ford has a useful boot and enough cubby bins make up for it.

Ford Mondeo Vignale driving

Volvo S90 vs Jaguar XF vs Ford Mondeo Vignale engines

The Jag offers the best array of engines ranging from the 2.0-litre diesel to a 3.0-litre V6 petrol, letting buyers choose their balance of performance and economy. Most buyers will go for one of the 2.0d engines, which in our testing outperformed the Volvo in terms of the economy, offering 47mpg compared the Volvo’s 44mpg.

We’d opt for the XF’s higher powered 178hp 2.0-litre diesel engine, combining economy and power. If you’re after all-out performance, diesel .the  XF-S variant with a 3.0-litre supercharged engine and 374hp has you covered.

If you want a hybrid then the Ford has you covered with a petrol-electric hybrid – however, we’d opt for one of the 2.0-litre diesel engines because they’re just as efficient as the hybrid and don’t use a noisy CVT gearbox.

You’re limited to one 2.0-litre diesel engine in the Volvo with two power outputs – 190hp or a more powerful 235hp engine. The less powerful of the two is also more frugal, returning 64mpg, while the 235hp engine can return a respectable 59mpg.

Jaguar XF driving

Volvo S90 vs Jaguar XF vs Ford Mondeo Vignale driving

If a combination of handling and comfort are what you’re looking for then the Jaguar is the clear winner here. The Jaguar handles well and is happy to cruise, albeit it is a bit noisier cruising than the Volvo.

The runner-up, the Volvo has been designed for comfort in mind, with a soft suspension and quiet ride. The Volvo with the D5 diesel engine and all-wheel-drive offers a bit more performance, yet the Jag is the still the sportier car.

Mat Watson and Volvo S90 and Jaguar XF

Verdict

The Volvo S90 offers the best combination of style, comfort, economy and equipment all for a reasonable price, making it the winner of this group test. The Jaguar XF offers everything the Volvo has to offer, with a sportier drive, but its reserved styling and interior make it fall short of the title. Although the Mondeo Vignale makes a strong effort, it falls well short of being a strong contender against the Volvo and Jaguar.

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Volvo S90

Luxurious executive saloon is a worthy alternative to German rivals
8/10
£35,620 - £58,055
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Jaguar XF

Drives as good as it looks, and now more practical
7/10
£34,145 - £52,010
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Ford Mondeo Vignale

The most luxurious Mondeo you can buy
4/10
£27,895 - £32,095
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