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Superb Greenline II: Test Drive Review

Date: 17 March 2011   |   Author: Rachel Burgess

Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £20,470
Key rival: Ford Mondeo

Skoda's latest upper medium environmental nod comes in the form of a Superb Greenline II, which emits 114g/km of CO2 and returns 64.2mpg.

The improved 'greenness' of the second-generation eco-friendly model is due to revised aerodynamics, including altering the airflow around the front end and lowering the suspension by 15mm. Weight is also relevant, with a tyre repair kit rather than spare wheel in the car, and there are low rolling-resistance tyres. Longer gearing also helps fuel economy.

Of all the Greenline II models tested (a list that also includes the Fabia, Octavia and Yeti), the Superb stands out as being the most normalised car, with little evidence of it being any different to the standard iteration. With six gears, excellent handling and a powerful-enough 1.6 TDI 105hp engine, there's little to complain about especially with a luxurious and well-equipped interior and endless legroom for rear passengers.

Available in three trims - S, SE and Elegance - the mid range SE is likely to be the most popular, while, for the estate version it will be Elegance.

Competitors include the Vauxhall Insignia Ecoflex, Passat Bluemotion and Ford Mondeo. The Mondeo Zetec 1.6 TDCi 115hp matches the Superb's emissions, meaning a 13% banding for benefit-in-kind in both cases, while residual values are similar, with the Ford at 29% and the Superb at 31%. The latter comes out on top in the cost-per-mile stakes at 47.0 pence compared with 48.6p for the Mondeo.

Skoda's impressive product onslaught continues; fleet managers would prove their business acumen by choosing the Superb Greenline II.

Skoda Superb Greenline II 1.6 TDI 105hp
P11D price£20,470
Model price range£17,445-£25,985
Fuel consumption64.2mpg
CO2 (tax) 114g/km/(13%)
BIK 20/40% per month£44/£89
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 14
Boot space (min/max)565/1670 litres
Engine size/power1598cc/105hp
Top speed/0-62mph119mph/12.5secs
On sale January 2011
VerdictA great value and
luxury upper medium car


A great value and luxury upper medium car