Cars that deserve more love — and the family that bucked the SUV trend
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.