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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

Three facts make it tough to argue for anything but a perfect score in this section: the Superb offers more space than almost every other car of its type, costs less than almost all of its direct rivals and retains its value very strongly indeed.

In as-tested spec, it is predicted by our market experts to retain more than 50 percent of its value over three years and 36,000 miles – good enough to shame a BMW 3 Series or a Mercedes C-Class, never mind a Volkswagen Passat or a Ford Mondeo.

The cheapest 2.0-litre diesel Superb Estate is expected to have the strongest residuals, better than those of the Mondeo and Passat

The line-up is now sufficiently broad to start at just over £25k in entry-level SE trim and finish north of £42k for the priciest wagon in Laurin & Klement format.

Nevertheless, we’re knocking half a star off the score here for two reasons: first, because the number of optional features we’d be obliged to take on a mid-spec car is a little high. For example, we'd want to add metallic paint, a reversing camera, the partition net screen, a folding front passenger seat and remote backrest releases.

Secondly, the Superb’s fuel economy could be better. The 47.2mpg our True MPG testers recorded is about 15 percent adrift of the mark set by the car’s like-for-like rivals. That said, with eco-tinged Greenline models now effectively replaced by the plug-in iV, this 2.0 TDI is now the most efficient traditional-powered Superb on sale, with WLTP figures for the estate of up to 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions of as little as 129g/km.

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