Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Drive; Skoda Superb

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Drive; Skoda Superb

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Byline: MARTIN GURDON

THE Skoda Superb probably has the best comedy car name since the Volkswagen Sharan, but the Czech motor maker's latest offering is a serious piece of work. The name was last used on an Al Capone-style limousine Skoda made in the 1930s. Its modern counterpart is a handsome big saloon based on a stretched VW Passat, boasting a massive boot and very generous rear passenger compartment.

The car looks like an Audi A6/E Class Mercedes rival, but with prices expected to range from [pound]15,000 to "the early [pound]20,000s" it's being pitched as an alternative to the Ford Mondeo and Rover 75. As such it is entirely credible, being well made and stuffed with equipment, from rain-sensing wipers to door mirror courtesy lights (some versions have an amusing umbrella holder with "with water drainage").

Set to arrive in May, the Superb will be offered in four cylinder 1.8 turbo, 2-litre and later 2.8-litre V6 petrol guises. There will also be 1. …

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