Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Supersize - without the Premium

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Supersize - without the Premium

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Byline: andy enright

The Skoda Superb formula hasn't actually changed all that much down the years. It offers executive-style space with family-style pricing. That's what we've come to expect. And that's what this much improved second generation version delivered.

The sleeker second generation design features a front that was fully revised from the Apillars forward, so there were changes to the wings and the bumper, plus sharper-looking headlamps that on plusher versions feature bi-xenon technology and integrated LeD daytime running lights. They frame a smarter chrome-trimmed grille proudly distinguished by the latest Skoda logo that dominates the leading edge of the restyled bonnet. It all combined to give the car a bit more visual identity.

The hatch got a novel 'Twindoor' system that configures the car as a kind of cross between saloon and a five-door. It's was made easier to use for this model, operated by a couple of buttons, one of which operates a conventional bootlid. Depress the other though and the whole of the rear windscreen rises as one with the boot lid to form a conventional hatchback tailgate that still unfortunately lacks a rear wiper but raises to reveal a 595-litre cargo bay that's around 20 per cent bigger than most other Mondeo-sized models.

This estate of course offers more -the optional powered tailgate raises to reveal 633-litres -which is more than you get from executive estates like Audi's A6 Avant and BMW's 5 Series Touring from the next class up.

If you need more room, pushing forward the 60-40 splitfolding rear bench reveals up to 1,865-litres of total fresh air -165-litres more than the hatch model can offer and a massive 335-litres more than you'd get from a typical segment rival like Vauxhall's Insignia Sports Tourer.

Skoda reckons that it added over PS1,100-worth of extra features to entry-level versions -things like cruise control, Bluetooth 'phone compatibility and a four-spoke multi-function steering wheel. …

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