To our eyes, the Superb is a handsome hatch, if not quite the beauty Skoda proclaims in its press materials. If we’re being particularly picky, it doesn’t have the visual impact of the 2014 Vision C concept car that inspired the latest Superb’s styling – not least as Skoda’s vibrant Rally Green is nowhere to be found on the options list.
There are some satisfying details though, from the clamshell bonnet line that continues its way down the car as a sharp crease – a touch you’ll also find on the latest Audi A4 – distinctive triangular vents under the headlights, and a side window line with more than a hint of Hoffmeister to its kink.
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It also looks expensive. That might seem obvious for a range-topping vehicle, but the Superb is a car that, at its most plutocratic, still dips under £35,000. Aside from a Skoda badge in place of four rings, you’d struggle to differentiate it from an Audi A6, yet that car that starts at more than £32,000.