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Used car: Škoda Superb – 2002 on

The Superb is a great car that makes an even better used buy. It’s based on a stretched version of the Passat and uses some of the best engines and technology available in Volkswagen and Audi cars.

It’s good to drive, has more legroom than the previous generation S-class, is economical for its size and – most importantly – is cracking value.

Driving and performance

VW’s tried-and-tested 1.8T kicks off the range and is more than adequate for Superb’s size, with satisfying turbo kick powering it to 60mph in a respectable 9.2sec.

The 2.0-litre and 2.8 V6 offer acceptable pace, but the most popular unit is the 1.9-litre TDI diesel with 100, 105 and 130bhp. It’s a swift and economical unit. There’s also a more modern 2.0-litre TDI with 140bhp and a range-topping, refined 2.5 V6 with 160bhp.

Superb is most at home on the motorway where it cruises competently, but it’s also pretty good when it comes to backroads. Although there’s a little bodyroll, it corners well and it’s possible to make fast progress. As you’d expect, the ride is smooth, with all but the biggest lumps and bumps in the road made unnoticeable.

Comfort

If you’ve ever owned a VW, then a lot of the controls will look and feel familiar. They also click reassuringly into place, which adds to the quality feel. Visibility could be better: the thick windscreen and rear pillars restrict the view. Subtle blue backlighting (and behind the door handles) gives it a classy feel at night.

Safety

Gets a four-star Euro NCAP rating, which is good, though not outstanding, for its class. Equipment includes dual front, curtain and side air bags, traction control, alarm, immobilizer and remote central locking.

On the forecourt

Fast movers
Škoda Superb 1.9 TDI: It may be an old unit, but it’s good to use, economical and popular among buyers.
Trade 0202-0505: £5,300-10,500
Retail 0202-0505: £6,700-13,400

Ones to avoid
2.0-litre petrol models: Pricey when it comes to fuel and lacks the punch of the 1.8T.

In the workshop
No major problems reported by owners and just one recall, which was in 2005 for bolts of the tandem fuel pump that could break on four-cylinder engines.



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