However much it may have gained in credibility, there’s little point in a brand like Skoda directly confronting the premium names. So it’s good that the Superb doesn’t really try, offering instead a unique blend of attributes centred around space and that Twindoor.

The Superb will appeal to someone with particular practical needs who probably won’t be bothered by its square-cut, slightly old-fashioned looks. In purely logical terms, probably nothing else comparable makes quite as much sense as the Superb. It’s a pleasure to live with and a pleasure to drive, if not exactly engaging in the way of a Mondeo.

The Superb will appeal to someone with particular practical needs

So it’s just a question of whether you could make the leap to the Skoda badge on a car with prestige pretensions. And whether you like the looks. There may lie the stumbling block.