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New Škodas get top marks

The sporty Fabia vRS and Škoda Superb Estate are impressing the test drivers

Published on March 4th 2010.


New Škodas get top marks

Once upon a time, Škodas were a bit of a joke. Then the company got bought out by Volkswagon in 1991 and the only people laughing were the chief executives, as they watched sales soar. Better engineering and more attractive designs made Škodas a hit with UK car buyers.

Over the last two decades, the cars have built up a reputation for quality, reliability, and affordable prices. According to car reviewers, the Škoda Superb Estate and the Fabia vRS are no exception.

Ross Pinnock at autoexpress.co.uk gave the Škoda Superb Estate five out of five when he tested it out in October. He praised the 'sleek' design, the 'high-quality fixtures and fittings', the generous amount of space, and the cost, concluding that, 'The new Superb has all the attributes of a class-leading family estate. Factor in the manufacturer’s famed reliability and customer service, and it’s easily one of the best load carriers money can buy.'

Top Gear named this model Best Luxury Car 2009, and What Car awarded it four out of five. The consensus seems to be that if you want a comfortable, smooth car with lots of storage space and cabin room, and an impressive engine, this is one of the best-value options on the market.

The Fabia vRS, Škoda's sporty hatchback has also clocked up plenty of praise since it was first released in 2003. Jeremy Clarkson described it as 'a genuinely very good little car' and www.parkers.co.uk gave it 4.5 out of five.

A new, sportier version of the Fabia vRS has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and is expected to arrive in the UK in June. The Škoda Fabia vRS 2010 will get 178bhp and have a more aggressive look than its predecessor with styling upgrades that include a new front bumper, a new rear bumper, rear diffuser, 17-inch alloys and twin exhausts.

The increase in power, provided by a 1.4-litre ‘Twincharger’ unit, should propel the car to 60mph in around seven seconds and on to 140mph. The engine is the same unit that powers Volkswagon's new Polo GTI and Seat's Ibiza Cupra. A seven-speed DSG box, equipped with paddle shift, is likely to come as standard. Fuel economy is rated at 44.1mpg and the vRS is likely to cost less than £16,000.

If you're interested in either the Škoda Superb Estate or the Škoda Fabia vRS, get in touch with your local Škoda dealer, Hobin of Manchester on Bury New Road, on 0161 708 9000 or at www.hobingroup.co.uk.

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