Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Just like That, Skoda's Trickery Is So Superb

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Just like That, Skoda's Trickery Is So Superb

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Byline: Bruce Booth

DON'T be surprised if you think you should be welcomed as a member of the Magic Circle should you buy a used Mk3 Skoda Superb.

For, if truth be told, this Czech beauty has more tricks up its sleeve than the great but bungling wouldbe conjurer Tommy Cooper ever mastered during his long and illustrious career.

And the first of the car's many talents was so simple that it was really surprising it took any manufacturer so long to come up with the idea.

Open the boot of the saloon and there's a massive 565 litres of luggage space which will swallow up five decent sized cases and the proverbial kitchen sink.

But close the lid and push a catch, and hey presto. The car turns into a versatile hatchback. But if you think that's clever, you ain't seen anything yet, for with the optional park assist system, this big Skoda can even park itself, again at just the touch of a button.

As Paul Daniels would say: "Now that's magic".

This Superb was the third model to bear the famous name and this one really did set the benchmark in the large family hatchback sector when it came to size, build quality and value for money.

Building on the success of its Mk2 predecessor, the Mk3 was bigger and better than ever before, and with six power plants and three trim levels at launch offering a choice of no less than 24 models - including 4x4 all-wheel drive versions - there has to be something in the range to suit every budget.

The increasing price of fuel undoubtedly swayed the majority of buyers towards the diesel trio: the tried-and-tested 105bhp 1.9-litre and 140bhp two-litre duo and a then new 170bhp common-rail two-litre offering.

With combined fuel consumption figures of 47.9mpg, it was the midrange model which quickly made its mark as the best seller and back then it was difficult to find another machine that came close to matching those consumption figures, especially considering the limo-like interior space the Superb offered. …

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