Su­pe­rior Su­perb

Skoda has made a fam­ily car that is bril­liant value, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

ANY car that lobs with a Su­perb badge on the boot had bet­ter be good. Us­ing a name like that is an in­vi­ta­tion to fail­ure, es­pe­cially in Aus­tralia, or at least a se­vere rib­bing if it doesn’t come up to scratch.

Skoda has a right to the badge be­cause it’s part of the com­pany’s his­tory, but the Czech brand still has to make a se­ri­ous im­pact in Aus­tralia and su­perb is a word that doesn’t re­ally fit.

But the Su­perb shows what Skoda can do and moves the Aus­tralian story on from the Oc­tavia, which has done most of the heavy lift­ing since it was added to the lo­cal Volk­swa­gen Group fam­ily.

It’s a lot like the Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat, at least in size and me­chan­i­cal pack­age, but the work­ers in the Czech Re­pub­lic have man­aged to give it a unique look, per­son­al­ity and value.

The Su­perb is big­ger in­side than a Pas­sat and that lat­est model, the Wagon, has pric­ing from $38,990.

Matthew Wies­ner, gen­eral man­ager of Skoda Aus­tralia, says: ‘‘It’s an ex­cel­lent pack­age and we’ve po­si­tioned it well on value. It will help to build the brand. It’s the right op­por­tu­nity.’’

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