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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.