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New Skoda Superb SE Plus

The new Skoda Superb SE Plus saloon has lots to live-up too. Its name - for starters - raises expectations far higher than say, the Skoda Average or the Not-too-bad.

By Stephen Turvil
Jun 30, 2011
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The new Skoda Superb SE Plus saloon has lots to live-up too. Its name - for starters - raises expectations far higher than say, the Skoda Average or the Not-too-bad. Fortunately, this £21,570 plus mile-muncher has the credentials to match its ostentatious title. It is extremely comfortable, reliable enough to ensure your mechanic remains a stranger, and a pleasure to drive. Remember though, it is a cruiser so best not thrash it.

The Skoda Superb SE Plus' specification is, ummm, superb? Standard features include the electric front seats, dual zone air-conditioning, parking sensors, tinted glass, partial leather, and the touch-screen stereo. This includes a six-disk CD player and SD card reader, which send their cheerful tunes to eight premium speakers. Those who fancy a few extras can specify the electric sunroof for £680 and full leather for a further £1,355.

Now, 'superb' cars must have 'superb' engines. Four accompany the SE Plus trim, one petrol and three diesels. The most powerful oil burner, the 2.0-litre 170PS unit, propels this sleek saloon to 62mph in 8.8 seconds if teamed with DSG auto transmission. It is slightly slower in manual form. These average 45 and 47mpg respectively. By contrast, the manually geared 1.6-litre 105PS diesel averages 64mpg and takes 12.5 seconds to hit 62mph. Too slow? The 1.8-litre 152PS petrol manual manages 8.6 seconds and 39.2mpg

Some motorists will overlook the Skoda Superb SE Plus in favour of more fashionable alternatives. Why? This vehicle has plenty to offer, but ironically buyers must first ignore the initial part of its name. The word 'Skoda' still has a slight stigma in certain circles, even though the marque is owned by Volkswagen who virtually always make 'superb' vehicles.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jun 30, 2011