Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI CR Greenline II SE first drive review

Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI CR Greenline II SE first drive review

Skoda’s economy-minded flagship is cavernous and top-value, but isn’t as fluent-riding as the rest of the range

Conventional wisdom says that big saloon cars from non-premium brands are doomed to failure these days.The Skoda Superb is the oft-cited paradoxical exception that proves the validity of that rule: an exceptional family four door bucking that trend thanks to an emphatic selling point. You get an indecent amount of space for surprisingly little outlay here.And to butcher a well-worn phrase, if limousine-level rear cabin space and a boot bigger than an SUV’s don’t tickle your tastebuds when they’re available for less than £19,000, there’s probably something wrong with your mouth.Launched in 2008, the big Skoda had been beginning to show its age until earlier this year, when it was in receipt of a facelift that smartened up its styling and, just as importantly, drove up the fuel efficiency of its engine range.This new ‘Greenline III’ model is the ultimate expression of that newfound efficiency – a version of the bountifully proportioned Superb that can rival a BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics on miles-to-the-gallon, according to manufacturer’s claims.

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