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Skoda Superb strikes a new identity

Talking about Skoda’s third generation Superb sedan – a stylish new model in both sedan and wagon – each with two 2-litre petrol engines and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel– all with six speed dual-clutch automatic and a choice of front drive only or all-wheel- drive – prices ranging up from 39,990. I tested the top-line 2-litre turbo 206TSi all-wheel- drive Sportline sedan at $51,990. A very polished model with great road grip and an air of quality. The turbo engine has great throttle response, eager and effortless, smooth and quiet when cruising that gives the Skoda Superb a lot of class. If you were blind folded you would think you were driving a car around $100,000. And I guess that’s the big problem with the Skoda badge – it doesn’t have the premium cache the car exudes – but one could suggest the brand has finally struck a new identity and like everything else the world is constantly changing. This new Skoda Superb does everything in a very polished way – yes it’s built in Czechoslovakia but under the Volkswagen Group ownership it’s nicely built with great fit and finish.

Economy wise, I managed 8L/100 which was above the official city/country 7.3 litres but still good – it does however need higher grade 95 RON fuel. High points outstanding interior space and a specification level that wants for nothing is safety and comfort – the Sportline model for another $1,000 well worth the extra. I’m David Berthon

 

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