New Skoda Superb Estate vs used BMW 5 Series Touring: which is best?
Big estate cars come in all flavours, but is an award-winning new Skoda Superb estate a better buy than a premium alternative like a used BMW 5 Series Touring?...
New Skoda Superb Estate vs used BMW 5 Series Touring – alternatives
If you want something equally vast for not very much money, consider the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer. Thanks to big discounts, you can get a highly specified model for less than the Skoda, and it still has acres of room in the rear seat and boot. The cheap-feeling interior and awkward infotainment system let it down, mind.
Our 2019 Used Car of the Year was the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, which easily beats the 5 Series Touring (and the Superb Estate, for that matter) for carrying capacity. What’s more, it depreciates quite heavily, making it surprisingly affordable. The E220d's diesel unit is all the engine you’ll need and is actually quite cheap to run. It won’t out-handle the BMW, but does that really matter when you have a dog in the bag or children who could be violently ill if you try to hustle it down the road?
New Skoda Superb Estate vs used BMW 5 Series Touring – which is best?
There’s no denying that the Skoda makes an excellent case for itself when it comes to buying a good-value estate car. No other example provides as much space as it does, the same level of equipment or a similarly comfortable ride for the money. That’s why it got the nod over all others to become our favourite new estate car in the 2019 What Car? Awards.
But if you don’t mind going for a slightly older car with a few more miles on it, the BMW 5 Series Touring could be an altogether more impressive proposition. Not only is it much faster yet equally economical, but also it has a much finer interior and an easier-to-use infotainment system. And if we’re honest, the prestige of the BMW brand has a gravity akin to the sun's, which is why so many people are swayed by it.
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