Skoda's cavernous estate will undercut key rivals
17 December 2009

Skoda’s Superb Estate will cost from £17,715 when it reaches UK showrooms in February.

The 125bhp 1.4 TSI model costs considerably less than two of its nearest rivals – the 108bhp 1.6 Ford Mondeo estate, which costs from £19,895 and the 108bhp 1.6 Volvo V70, from £23,245.

A choice of six engines will be offered, including three petrol and three diesel units. The top-of-the-range model is the 3.6-litre V6 260bhp DSG 4x4.

Three rim levels will be offered - S, SE and Elegance – with standard equipment including 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control and split folding rear seats.

The Superb estate also beats its two rivals on boot space with the rear seats folded flat. It can hold 1865 litres to the Mondeo’s 1733 litres and the V70’s 1600 litres.

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17 December 2009

Very good value indeed, like the rest of the Skoda range. We've got an Octavia VRS Estate in the family and it's so far been brilliant. Skoda are on a roll, looking forward to a facelifted Fabia and new small car, both are supposedly coming soon I think. Skoda could definitely teach Ford a thing or two about pricing and value!

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17 December 2009

Wonder if the 3.2 petrol estate will be as desperately flawed as the 3.2 saloon, or whether Skoda have acted upon the near universal criticism of the variant to sort it out.

17 December 2009

Absolutely, err... Superb!

17 December 2009

Never really understand Autocar's love-affair with Skoda. I'm sure they make robust and reliable middle-class cars, but with the exception of the Yeti/Scout, they're like a visual anaesthetic. They're the automotive equivalent of the beige slip-on; highly inoffensive and eminently sensible. Where's the emotion?

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17 December 2009

[quote michael knight] Never really understand Autocar's love-affair with Skoda. I'm sure they make robust and reliable middle-class cars, but with the exception of the Yeti/Scout, they're like a visual anaesthetic. They're the automotive equivalent of the beige slip-on; highly inoffensive and eminently sensible. Where's the emotion?[/quote]

I could be wrong, but I think the point of what Skoda has been doing up to now is to get people used to them making good solid cars that are reliable, good value, supported by good customer service and are high quality.

They themselves are saying that the next generations of cars will look less staid, and it'll be interesting to see where they go next.

Saying that, though, they're far from the only offender to make inoffensive (Roomster aside) looking cars that don't excite the imagination... Volvo for example.

17 December 2009

Some people want discrete looking, inoffensive cars that dont stand out like a sore thumb... I think it looks great.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

17 December 2009

I haven't stopped being impressed by the genius of Skoda's naming strategy. Every time the car is referred to as Superb, it sounds flattering. They should rename the Fabia the Fabulous and the Octavia the Outstanding. Perhaps Renault F1 should call next year's car the Champion, and Bernie should change his name to Forever Young...

17 December 2009

[quote roverfan1984]

Some people want discrete looking, inoffensive cars that dont stand out like a sore thumb... I think it looks great.

[/quote]

Fair enough, and Skoda has a 'brand identity' strategy to follow within the VAG empire. I guess my beef is that VW have some good-looking cars with some interesting technology (Scirocco, DSG, bluemotion etc) and Seat have the slightly lairy, good value, and emotional side covered, so I find Skoda's image a little hard to fathom. I can't help see some of them as re-styled VW leftovers.

The emotional 'I want one' factor for me was with the Fabia vRS which they duly deleted.

17 December 2009

[quote michael knight]

Fair enough, and Skoda has a 'brand identity' strategy to follow within the VAG empire. I guess my beef is that VW have some good-looking cars with some interesting technology (Scirocco, DSG, bluemotion etc) and Seat have the slightly lairy, good value, and emotional side covered, so I find Skoda's image a little hard to fathom. I can't help see some of them as re-styled VW leftovers.

The emotional 'I want one' factor for me was with the Fabia vRS which they duly deleted.

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for goodness sake man, stop carping. what's this emotion nonsense? we live in unprecedented straitened times - at least for those under 70 yrs of age - with few able to whack down the lolly for decent new cars outside of company car schemes and about to end ruinously expensive incentives for econoboxes. be grateful someone is trying to put a cap on spiralling prices and offering excellent value for money. Bravo Skoda!

17 December 2009

[quote BigEd]we live in unprecedented straitened times - at least for those under 70 yrs of age - with few able to whack down the lolly for decent new cars outside of company car schemes and about to end ruinously expensive incentives for econoboxes. be grateful someone is trying to put a cap on spiralling prices and offering excellent value for money. Bravo Skoda![/quote]

Fully agree BigEd. An excellent car at a great price. Well done Skoda.

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