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.