I share the enthusiasm evident in the comments of other reviewers.
It's worth pointing out that, contrary to information in What Car?, standard equipment on the Superb Elegance includes leather and satellite-navigation.
Anything else as good costs far more, and nothing as well equipped and spacious is available at the price.
I have had this car for 3.5 years and covered 80000km crisscrossing the legth and breadth of Europe. I commute 160km a day from my home in Vienna to my office in Bratsilava and so far the only things I have changed (apart from routine 15000km services) on the car are a set of tyres and two front light bulbs. The inside is still as new and as solid as the day I bought it with no sqeaks or rattles at all despite my daughter's best attempts at ruining it.
I have worked in Arabia, England and South Africa where I drove Chevys, BMW, Mercs, Toyotas, Mitsubishis, Chryslers and all I can say is that the Superb is indeed a superb package in terms of reliabilty, economy, comfort, space, pace on motorways and the price you pay for it.
I cannot recommend this car highly enough and I imagine that the only reason some people will not buy it boils down simply to unabashed snobbery. Would I buy another one? Is the Pope Catholic?
For the last 35 yrs I have worked in the motor industry throwing spanners around and later employing people to do the same.
I do not normaly put pen to paper, but my sense of fair play dictates I offer a very different view to your road testers.
I own a 3+yr 2.8 Elegance tiptponic, average fuel consumption 28+ mpg, handling better than average, quietness and comfort uncanny for a so-called budget car, bells and whistles everything you cold wish for and more (my car was not fitted as standard with sat-nav, later model is).
I am taking the yardstick of comparison as the top 5 manufacturers of good quality family saloons, the Superb leaves them for dead!
On a final note my last 3 cars have been Lexus LS400's and I am forced to the conclusion that apart from outright straight line speed and arguable comfort my choice would be the Skoda
I bought a Suberb 2.5 TDI Edition 100 at an extremely good price in Feb 06. I wanted to stick with Toyota or Lexus, but across their range they could not offer a diesel/auto combination. Staggering! How many sales must they be losing? I then trawled around Audi (A4 and A6), Volvo, Merc (E and C) and VW Passat - did not look ater BMWs, had one once but I don't sell photocopiers now!! Taking everything into account (buying price, running costs,depreciation and residuals) over the likely period of my ownership there was frankly no competition - the Superb was my choice. Since buying the car I have clocked up over 18000 miles both in UK and in Europe - totally trouble free. My pals, Merc and Volvo owners, are mocking. I just quietly (and smugly) reflect on the literally £1000s I have saved. Oh, and I nearly forgot, it goes like the clappers!
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