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REVIEW: Has the Skoda Superb come of age?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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SKODA’S Superb has been restyled, given a bit of polish inside and had the engines tweaked for better efficiency.

Therefore the formula’s not radically different to what we’ve become accustomed to. If you want space but don’t want a cumbersome large SUV or MPV, this could be just the ticket.

The Skoda Superb’s problem is easy to identify.

It’s a car that’s been too easy to overlook. It’s priced right at the outer limit of the Czech marque’s brand equity and it’s long been big but a little shy of polish.

It’s also long been recognised as the sort of smart buy that only a deeply clued-in buyer would opt for. That or a savvy minicab operator.

In moving the Superb even further upmarket, Skoda is taking a bit of a gamble, but a positive one that will distance it from its previous airport rank image.

It’s easy to see why the brand needed to do this. The Octavia has got bigger and plusher in its latest iteration, so the Superb had to offer buyers a genuine reason for choosing it rather than a nicely specified Octavia.

It’s a big ask but the new Superb now has a few more weapons at its disposal.

And it’s fair to say it looks better than ever. It’s more polished inside and backs that up with ever better efficiency measures.

Is that enough to punt it to the forefront of the public’s attention? Probably not.

If people want space and they’ve got twenty-odd grand to spend, they usually opt for a seven-seater SUV or MPV.

The big hatchback or estate car is increasingly filling a bit of a niche. Still, as many manufacturers have proven, being the best in a specific niche is good enough and there’s little doubt that at this price point it’s hard to buy better than the Skoda Superb if you’re really not after a 4x4 or a people carrier.

In fact, after considering the Superb’s merits, unless you really need those sixth and seventh seats it’s quite easy to make a case for.

It rides and handles better than any comparatively-priced SUV or MPV we can think of, it’s elegantly understated and it makes sense on the balance sheet as well.

Some may still baulk at paying serious money for a Skoda but we aren’t living in the 1980s any more.

Things change. If you can cope with change and recognise a good thing when you see it, you’ll probably get on very well with the latest Skoda Superb.

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