For the 'Poverty-trim' Classic model, this car has a surprising level of equipment (climate control, rear air vents, two chilled compartments, trip computer, ABS, excellent stereo, traction control, front foglamps etc.). At night the interior looks amazing with its 'cat vision' and door handle LEDs.
I have had Cruise Control retro-fitted (£199). In hindsight, I would have preferred the Elegance with electric seats (you can adjust seat base angle), but I can't complain as I bought as an 18-month old car with nearly 50% off new list.
Economy ranges from 48.5mpg (high-speed European) to 52mpg (60-mile round trip commute and round town) Range 650-700 miles!
The 100bhp PD engine pulls surprisingly well, even from 1200 rpm. The car is always very quiet with very little road/wind noise. The engine can be heard at tickover (albeit subdued) but is quiet on the move, and very quiet at 130kph. My daily commute involves some very rough road surfaces, so I love the ride quality (on my wife's Fiat Punto your tooth fillings fall out on the same road!).
Initially I found the headlights somewhat lacking, but have since replaced the bulbs with Osram Silverstars. The bulbs are a pig to change - you have to unscrew the headlight units and remove all air intake pipes to just about gain access to the bulbs (Change at the roadside in France?)
Overall, it's the best car I have ever owned.
P.S. My son loves it because of the rear leg room, rear vents and his own power socket.
I have recently received my 2.0TDI Elegance in Nightfire Blue & Ivory leather, although the carpets in mine are ivory too. Mine also has the Solar sunroof.
I am very pleased with it and would recommend anyone to test drive this car. After trying the likes of Ford, Vauxhall, Citroen and Renault and Mercedes. The car closest comparison was the MB E220CDi, but that is in another price range altogether but I can't think why anyone would want to spend that much on a car as it was not that much better (only the badge)!
The differences I notice from the previous report is that I do not find that there is hardly any road noise and the seat adjustment is excellent due to the electric settings (the drivers seat does tilt with this model).
The only problems I have encountered so far is that you do have to watch your speed going into a corner (luckily I ordered the optional ESP), you WILL run wide if you get a bit enthusiastic as the engine will accelerate very well (and quietly) in 6th, also there is no-where to rest your right foot when using cruise.
I had driven a Mondeo Ghia X 2.2TDCi for a while and in comparison I would rather spend the time in my Superb for two reasons - Comfort and Price. A fully loaded Ghia X costs a lot more whilst losing cup holders (why?). The Ford had the optional 18" wheels and after a couple of hours driving you needed a physiotherapist to correct the spine!
My 2.0TDI Comfort is finally here (not the 1.9 TDI as it says above)!
The 2006 model has more chrome, lower window frames and lower grille, so it looks less of a poor relation to the Elegance. It also has a six-speed gearbox (it's very good - smooth, light and well judged), and the steering wheel from the Octavia (it looks less like a Passat inside now).
Mine is in Mystery blue which hides the dirt with the Ivory interior - it looks great, although the wife is probably right that it will be hard to keep clean - at least the carpet is black.
It goes very well, handles reasonably and is a good motorway cruiser. Despite my initial fears I'm getting 46-53mpg. The engine is quieter than a Mondeo (and stronger), but there is more noise through the windows (not whistling, I just here the traffic more). It is definitely a step forward on the 1.9s I have driven in the past.
The space in the rear is great (I have three kids) but I wish it had tilt adjustment on the seat base. I'm 6ft 5in tall and it doesn't quite support my thighs - the Octavia is better if rear space isn't as important to you, because it has a bigger footwell, more driver legroom and the seat from the new Passat (longer seat base, better angle).
I have just handed back a Mondeo (2.0 TDCi Titanium) hire car and the Superb compares well. It is not as sharp to drive, but better riding and looking. The driving position was better in the Mondeo, though. Toy count is about the same.
Mine is the auto, and I really wanted the 2.5 diesel. I was concerned that the 1.9 diesel engine would struggle with such a big car and auto box, but boy I was wrong!
Having driven both (getting a 2.5 diesel for a test is a nightmare) I hardly noticed the difference, either from start or cruising at 70ish (cough, ahem) on the motorway. The only difference is the 2.5 was quieter but better MPG and probably better residuals swayed me to the 1.9.
The extras are fantastic, sat nav and leather as standard, I just opted for the solar sunroof (cool piece of kit). I have done nearly 20,000 miles in it, not a jot of trouble and the car still looks like new, even the drivers leather seat looks un sat-in even carting my hefty behind around for 20k. First service done, cheap, easy, brilliant dealer.
Having had sharp handling cars in the past I was expecting soggy handling, but not a bit of it. The car is as sharp as it could be without compromising comfort and only the most hedonistic drivers will be disappointed, but will they be looking at this car? Probably not.
The car is superb on so many levels. Probably as superb as the holidays you will have for the next 5 years with the 10 odd grand you will save on the Audi or BMW equivalent. Take someone for a ride, they will ALWAYS say 'crikey, is this really a Skoda?!?'. I LOVE this car!
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