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 3 Series or a C-Class, never mind a Passat or a Mondeo.

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Matt Saunders

Road test editor
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 £20k in entry-level S trim and finish north of £36k 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, bi-xenon headlights, 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. The Greenline version of the model, twinned exclusively with the 1.6 TDI, will offer sub-100g/km CO2 efficiency and claims 76.4mpg combined, however.

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