Our cars: What Car? test fleet November - Skoda Superb
List price £23,060
Target Price £21,530
Run by Mel Nichols
Tested for Two months/3000 miles
Skoda's biggest model, the Superb, looks like a normal saloon. It has a trick in its tail, though – it's also a hatchback.
I'm almost getting tired of demonstrating its dual character to friends and neighbours, but the way its clever tailgate opens in two ways never fails to intrigue people and win praise.
If you want to open it like a normal boot to pop in, say, some shopping, just plip the keyfob or touch the hidden switch in the boot lip. However, if you press another switch to the right of the main one, then press the main one, what seemed like a standard bootlid turns into a full-blown tailgate, giving you easy access to a vast boot.
Sales consultant Sarah Dennis had shown me just how well the twindoor (as Skoda calls it) works when I picked the Superb up from Allams Skoda in Epsom, Surrey (08445 020324), where the staff were friendly and efficient.
Part of the family
My wife Wendy and I soon began to appreciate the twindoor when, within the first week, we'd had a couple of shopping trips using the 'boot' mode then, at the weekend, switched into 'hatchback' mode, lowered the rear seats and loaded the boot with the dog, two bikes and enough kit for two weeks' holiday in the West Country.
Up front, we settled into really comfortable leather seats. I was delighted by the excellent range of electric adjustment and the fine driving position. I'd soon saved the seat settings to the car's seat memory function so I didn't have to adjust them each time I got into the car.
Other desirable (and standard) items in the Superb Elegance include adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a touchscreen sat-nav and entertainment system.
The only optional extras we added were metallic paint at £400, and front and rear parking sensors at £345 (handy with a long car).
The six-speed DSG semi-automatic gearbox works wonderfully well with the punchy 2.0-litre diesel engine, which delivers plenty of performance and impressive fuel economy for a car as big as this. Already, I'm looking at an average well above 40mpg.
What Car? says
Spacious, practical, luxurious and great value