Skoda Superb Greenline driven
On sale: Now
You'll like: Great value; cavernous cabin
You won't Gruff engine; too big for some
Eco-friendly models usually don't make much sense. Sure, they do a few more miles to the gallon than the cars they're based on, but because they cost more to buy, you'll have to drive to the moon and back to recoup that in fuel savings.
Rules are there to be broken, of course, and Skoda's new eco Superb does just that. Yes, it costs £760 more than the 1.9 TDI S, but it's a no-brainer to fork out the extra for this Greenline version.
Why? Well, you get cruise control, tinted windows and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob. Add those options to the S and it'll cost you £635.
Then there are the fuel savings. The Greenline uses 10% less fuel than the other 1.9 TDI models – due to a few subtle eco-tweaks that don't ruin the Superb's decent ride and handling – so you'll save £115 every 12,000 miles.
There's more. The Greenline uses less fuel, so it pumps out less CO2. If your company's stumping up the cash, you'll pay company car tax on 18% of the list price, rather the 21% for the S. If you're a private buyer, a tax disc will be £25 cheaper every year.
It's win-win, then? Absolutely. If you can put up with a grumbly diesel engine and unremarkable acceleration, the Greenline makes a lot of sense.