HOW times are changing… we’ve waxed lyrical about Škodas a few times on this website – just take a look in our Road Test section if you don’t believe me. And there’s good reason for this – of all the ones I’ve driven (including the Estelle I had back in 1989), none have bored me. I know that’s no scientific way of judging cars, but it does seem to work for me.
Anyway, even the last generation Superb, which most magazine road testers decry for being duller than ditch water, impressed me for majoring on passenger comfort and ride quality. This is something that you don’t find often in modern cars; a manufacturer desire to build something comfortable, rather than simply capable of putting in a great lap of the ‘Ring. Sound familar?
Okay, so the new Superb doesn’t look that exciting, but there seems to be a genuine effort to make the styling less-VW, and judging by the length of the cabin, it could well be as roomy as the last one. It needs to be, though… the Superb carved itself out a nice USP thanks to that China-spec lengthened platform, and it would be a shame for the company to turn its back on a concept (luxury car room for repmobile money) that works pretty well.
But Škoda seems to know its customers pretty well, so I’m confident this one will be a cracker, too… I’ll be watching this with interest, especially to see if any former Rover 75 punters take the plunge…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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