There is normally only one reason that people won't buy a Skoda, and that is because it has a Skoda badge on it. I must admit, I was a little like that, but this is now my second. I have owned a fabia, and now the big, full fat, caffeine-crammed 2.5 V6 TDi Superb. And I say to anyone laughing at me, you stick to your Euro box and I will get value for money, a great dealer and a fantastically built car.
And it is... I traded my VW Touran for this car, because of the dealership's incapacity to solve even the smallest issue. The Skoda deal has alway been helpful, and knew who I was as soon as I walked through the door. They gave me a good price for my troubled Touran and then gave me a very good price on the Superb. What I can't get over is how much I got for the money. Satellite-navigation, leather upholstery, electric seats, masses of space...
All I would say to anyone thinking about one is, just drive one. Make up your mind when you are behind the wheel - trust me, when you sit in the big heated seats you won't want to get out. And just think, buying one of these makes you a pioneer... one sat in a comfy arm-chair, as it gently heats your bottom.
It's superbly built, the dealer is A1, it's cheap to buy, there's lots of space, it's very quick and not bad to run either.
I've had it from new for 1.5 years. It started to sound like a tractor after a year but was fixed when I took it to the garage (loose something on the air-intake).
The back seats don't fold down but I knew this before I chose the car. I believe this has been changed on newer models. I've heard wind noise is a intrusive but I haven't had a problem with it.
It looks good, has good poke, a great interior, and all round is a good car.
The biggest moan I have is about the dealers.
I would recommend this car but I think Skoda needs to improve the aftersales departments.
It's a company car and I chose it above a Mondeo, Vectra, Peugeot 406 and a lot of others, and no regrets.
As hard as I try, I find it almost impossible to fault this car.
It is extremely quiet at all engine speeds, only being heard under hard acceleration, when a suitably pleasing growl is produced. Build quality is excellent, and I would say is on a par with the best. Everything feels as if it is built to last forever.
I achieve marginally less than 50mpg on average, and drive the car quite hard. It pulls very well at all speeds, even producing a smile on my face in the 3rd gear rev range.
Space is enormous, with almost ridiculous amounts of legroom and headroom, complete with a cavernous boot. I also get folding rear seats, allowing me to carry two full size adult mountain bikes. How many saloon cars can you do that in?
I love this car, and whilst I was a little nervous about owning my first Skoda, it looks fabulous in its pearlescent black paint, and gets a lot of compliments. I'll definately have another one! Go test drive one!
'Well, they're not like they used to be' is a familiar refrain heard by any driver of the Skoda range these days.
This is a fact that had not escaped my attention either.
The Superb is the type of car that certainly suprises people and, from the company-car angle, offers a great deal of booty while denying the Inland Revenue that extra cut of your cash - though Euro III at present.
The exterior is a pleasant, classic and unfussy mix, which promises to hold together well - although I believe that a face-lift is due next year with a new model in 2007.
A lot of comparison is made with the VW Passat, which is a compliment that I think is shared.
I chose the Elegance with the no-cost-option alloy wheels and 45 aspect tyres, which means that handling and road-holding are improved. Yes, there is still a full-size spare wheel.
Interior-wise, the car offers all that you expect from a big saloon, including a competent sat-nav (which works) and electric leather seats. Comfort is good with plenty of space to get the family or mother in law in, with conversation a pleasure thanks to low noise levels.
The boot is big with rear seatbacks that can be tilted - though this is no hatchback.
Options are good and much cheaper than the VW list. Even the Road Angel safety system is available.
So a very good blend of practicality, equipment and value for money, which promises to go for miles in an efficient fashion.
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