It was an audacious move calling Skoda’s top of the range executive offering ‘Superb’. Whoever named the car evidently had full confidence in their product, and like the name says, fortunately for Skoda, their Superb is just that, ‘Superb’. I don’t think I’ve ever driven a more complete car, it’s exceptionally spacious, exceedingly comfortable and satisfying to drive. I test drove the Superb GreenLine model, which is Skoda’s eco-friendly addition to the range. As a result of its innovative GreenLine technology, it produces less than 120g/km of CO2, therefore placing it in tax band A, with an annual road tax of just €104.
The 105hp produced from the 1.6 TDI in the Superb doesn’t sound like much for a car of this size, but to be fair it works fine and is at its best at motorway speeds. Some extra horsepower would be beneficial at low revs to aid acceleration. The Superb GreenLine is available across three trim specifications, my car was the top spec Elegance model which represents excellent value for money at €28,995. There are far too many features included for me to list, the parking assistant which takes control of the steering wheel to parallel park the car is impressive. While the twin-door tailgate is a clever piece of engineering, with the simple press of a button you can open the boot like a normal saloon or open it as a hatchback to load larger items. Inside, the Superb resembles a limousine, with acres of legroom for rear seat passengers, there are full leather seats throughout and a 6.5” colour touch screen satellite navigation system.
The Skoda Superb offers very respectable fuel consumption, just 4.4l/100km, a luxurious interior, and best of all, is priced considerably lower than many of its executive rivals. There’s merit in the name.[table “23” not found /]