Sport­line sweet but not su­per-sharp

SU­PERB SPORT­LINE

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING -

A big fam­ily-car favourite has taken up sports.

Mon­i­tor: a vir­tual dis­play on the cen­tre screen with a trio of di­als, in­clud­ing one for real-time power out­put.

Don’t mean to damn this car with faint praise: the Su­perb is one of our favourite large cars (our Top Fam­ily Car for 2016, no less) and the Sport­line pack­age cer­tainly adds some­thing in terms Base price: $66,990.

Pow­er­train and per­for­mance: 2.0-litre petrol-turbo four, 206kW/ 350Nm, 6-speed au­to­matic, AWD, Com­bined econ­omy 7.2 litres per 100km, 0-100kmh 5.8 sec­onds.

Vi­tal statis­tics: 4861mm long, 1468mm high, 2841mm wheel­base, lug­gage 625 litres, 19-inch al­loy wheels.

We like: Brisk with 206kW en­gine, looks great sans-chrome, easy to drive and su­per-spa­cious We don’t like: Not the ideal can­di­date for the sporty treat­ment, wagon ver­sion has more ap­peal.

of styling and equip­ment. Just don’t ex­pect a highly-fo­cused sport­ing drive.

A Su­perb sedan is slightly dif­fer­ent for sure, but we can’t help think­ing that the wagon ver­sion still holds a lot more ap­peal – es­pe­cially given this model’s gen­er­ous ex­te­rior di­men­sions. Might as well make the most of it and the wagon looks bet­ter. In the eye of the be­holder and all that.

Yes, you can have a Su­perb Sport­line wagon: it gets the same treat­ment and costs $69,990.

Prob­lem is, we’re all ob­sessed with SUVs and there’s now a thing called the Skoda Ko­diaq. More to the point, there’s a proper RS ver­sion of that on the way. Hmmm.

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