What is it?
It would be easy to consider the sheer size of the 4.8-metre long Skoda Superb estate, match it to thoughts of a 104bhp turbodiesel engine and assume that the performance compromise would be too great regardless of economy.
Not so. As it turns out this Skoda Superb estate Greenline II, which actually weighs a respectable 1471kg despite its size and now gets the 1.6-litre common rail diesel and five-speed manual, is arguably one of the most relevant real-world cars on sale.
What’s it like?
Performance is a little on the tardy side. Set off in the Greenline Superb and until the turbo kicks in fully it’s evident that this is a low-powered engine towing a big car. It’s the same story if you pull out into the fast lane expecting a quick response to a stamped throttle. It will pull, but rather lazily, so you have to think ahead.
Despite this, the Superb is not an unpleasant car to drive. Keep the engine in its comfort zone, enjoy the solid gearshift and well-judged steering and it flows along nicely and with a decent enough level of performance for normal motoring.
The cabin is refined and comfortable and despite the body being lowered by 15mm to improve aerodynamics, the suspension does a good job of soaking up the flaws in the road surface, while keeping body movement under control.