What is it?
Probably the most opulent Skoda ever seen in the UK. With permanent four-wheel drive, a 3.6-litre 260bhp engine and an equipment list that itemises no fewer than 75 goodies ranging from dual-zone air-con to electrically operated leather seats, the Skoda Superb Elegance V6 is the equivalent of a fully loaded Merc E-class for £27,000.
What’s it like?
The Superb is a revelation and with its enormous interior, grunty powertrain and sophisticated manners. Ride quality apart, the car excels in almost every area and adapts well to its luxury aspirations.
It is thirsty, returning an average of 23mpg in our hands, but the performance is strong enough to post the quickest 0-60mph of any Skoda production car – a claimed 6.5sec. With four tailpipes and the much-vaunted 'Twindoor' boot, it is a genuine long-distance express.
It also benefits from many of the technical advances of the VW Group, including FSI engine technology (helping to keep C02 down to a competitive 235g/km), six-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox and touchscreen sat-nav.
Should I buy one?
If £27,000 sounds like a lot for a Skoda, try comparing it, feature for feature, with anything that promotes itself as an executive performance saloon. Nothing touches it for value and the odd rough edge (uninvolving dynamics, knobbly ride) is easily forgiven. It’s terrific.