Any ‘best of…’ list tends to skew results towards the latter end of its timescale, and I have to plead to being particularly guilty in this case.
The Skoda Superb Estate has barely gone on sale, yet I’m sitting here proclaiming it the car of the decade after only a short test drive in a left-hand drive version.
I’m absolutely confident that time and perspective isn’t going to trample on my choice, though, simply because the strengths that make it stand out for me are set to remain strong well into the next decade – and cement Skoda’s transformation from budget brand to latter day Volvo in the process.
Everyone knows the Superb is big, but it’s not the (enormous) front or boot space that really brings this home to you. Instead, it’s only when you climb from the front seat into the back that you realise just how much room there is.
For a tall person who grew up having to do a passing impression of a contortionist every time he got in the back of a car, the opportunity to stretch out is a joy. In fact, in the VW Group’s range only the long wheelbase A8 has more room.
It’s far more than a boggo load and person lugger, though.
The interior has all the hallmarks of VW Group quality, without being ostentatious, the handling and – especially – ride are very good indeed (not that we should be surprised about that with Skodas anymore) and the engine range offers you the choice of everything from frugal runabout to high-powered charger.
Anyone with teenage kids, lots of luggage and a penchant for long journeys should look no further than this car. It may not be sexy, but nor is it bad looking, it exudes quality and it’s as practical as you could ever wish for – and all at a price that makes you wonder how they do it.
Frankly, I’m surprised the VW Group didn't stick an Audi badge on the front and chuck a £10k premium on the asking price.