From £17,0758

Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

Superb prices start at under £18k for the entry-level 1.4 TSI Superb and stop at under £30k for the 3.6 FSI V6 Elegance. Our chosen 2.0 TDI 168bhp, in SE Plus with standard manual and front-wheel drive comes in at a seriously competitive £23,400. That may be a couple of hundred more than an equivalent Mondeo but for the amount of interior room, and extra residual value you’re getting, the Skoda looks like a bargain.

If CO2 and tax is a priority, the 168bhp model isn’t the one to go for as there are similarly powered rivals out there with notably better emissions than the 149g/km that the Superb manages. However, fleet drivers will like the look of the impressive 114g/km, 16 percent BIK-rated 1.6 TDI Greenline model, which in practice is a great car if you don’t carry full complements of people or expect to go anywhere very fast.

Top of the class? No. But very close

Ultimately, the Superb isn’t top of its game for emissions, and it’s very competitively priced given the lifestyle benefits it offers. Top of the class? No. But very close.