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DAVID Cur­tain was ap­pre­hen­sive when a mate sug­gested he take a look at a new Skoda.

“You im­me­di­ately think of a Czech pile of junk from the ’50s. But he said, ‘Walk up, lean over the bon­net and put your hand over the em­blem and have an­other look.’ So I did and I was re­ally im­pressed,” he says. For Cur­tain, who had owned a suc­ces­sion of Holden Com­modores, the Skoda Superb’s rear seat was the clincher. “I’ve got a teenage boy who is six-foot-one and still grow­ing and the space in the back seat of the Skoda is phe­nom­e­nal,” he says.

“We ac­tu­ally took him with us when we went shop­ping.”

The fam­ily traded in a Hyundai Santa Fe which they loved but sim­ply out­grew.

They were so im­pressed with the Superb they bought two, a petrol wagon for him and a diesel sedan for wife Michelle. Apart from the size, he was also drawn to the Superb’s value for money, fu­el­ef­fi­ciency and the con­nec­tion to par­ent VW.

“They are a very well-built Euro­pean car and there’s more bang for your buck as far as value goes,” he says.

To get an­other Euro­pean car with the same gear as his $45,000 Skoda he reck­ons he would need to pay $55,000 to $60,000. The 2.0-litre turbo’s per­for­mance in his petrol wagon is a bonus.

He says it “goes like the clap­pers” but he can still get 1000km out of a tank on his weekly com­mute.

Value and space: David Cur­tain, daugh­ter Ali­cia and dog Barkley with the Superb sedan.

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