Skoda Su­perb Mk2

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Shrewd buy­ers with the bud­get to buy a Mon­deo but re­ally want­ing an Audi A6, BMW 5-Se­ries or Mercedes-benz E-class would be wise to check out the Su­perb Mk2. It’s a classy ex­ec­u­tive car that is roomy in­side and boasts high lev­els of com­fort, with a strong range of en­gines and gen­er­ous stan­dard trim which in­cluded al­loys and air­con on even the most lowly S model.

What makes it unique is its Twin­door rear end, which al­lows the boot to open like a hatch or re­main partly in place like a saloon. Ei­ther way, lug­gage space is noth­ing short of cav­ernous at 1670 litres with the seats folded.

The first Skoda to bear the Su­perb name ap­peared in 1934, but the model we’re talk­ing about here came along in 2008 and was based on the con­tem­po­rary A5 Oc­tavia plat­form. From launch it was avail­able with a 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI or 3.6-litre V6 petrol en­gine, or fuel-sip­ping 1.9 TDI and 2.0 TDI diesels, the lat­ter be­ing avail­able in 140bhp or 170bhp guise. Some even came with four-wheel drive.

In Fe­bru­ary 2010, a prac­ti­cal es­tate ver­sion was added (of­fer­ing 1865 litres of stor­age space) and smoother, qui­eter and more fru­gal 2.0-litre com­mon-rail in­jec­tion units re­placed the for­mer TDI. Later the same year, the old 1.9 TDI PD was re­placed by a su­per-ef­fi­cient 1.6 TDI. A facelift fol­lowed in 2013 be­fore the model evolved into the all-new Mk3 in 2015.

Re­li­a­bil­ity is right up there with the best, but be­ware of clapped-out ex-taxis, heavy oil con­sump­tion and worn tim­ing chains on petrol mod­els, and ex­pen­sive DPF is­sues on diesels.

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