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Skoda Superb estate: Test Drive Review

Date: 29 March 2010   |   Author: Rachel Burgess

Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £25,865
Key rival: Vauxhall Insignia

Badge snobbery is no longer an acceptable reason to shun Skoda's increasingly brilliant range of cars.

Its most recent reincarnation is the Superb estate, expected to account for around a third of the model's sales.

For company car drivers its biggest merit is two decent engines falling below 160g/km CO2. Both the 140hp and 170hp 2.0-litre diesel engines achieve this feat and means they will rule fleet sales.

The car's eco-friendly, cost-effective appeal isn't the only reason to consider it. It has the biggest boot size in class (633 litres), outsizing rivals including the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Toyota Avensis. And the positives don't stop here: The car, as tested, handles brilliantly - the steering is spot-on and represents excellent value for money.

Skoda has paid attention to detail: you'll find a ticket holder on the front windscreen, a removable LED torch with magnetic back and a one-touch retractable parcel shelf.

Other new features include keyless entry and start system and improved Park Assist, which means drivers can parallel park in an even tighter space than before. Elegance, the

top trim level and likely to be the most popular, offers 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights with adaptive front-light system, a touch-screen satellite navigation system, heated front seats, rear sunblind and a rain sensor.

The manufacturer will introduce a Greenline version of the Superb estate by the end of the year, which will offer even more favourable (and as yet unknown) CO2 emissions for fleet managers - but these will come with a bigger price tag.