WHAT: Skoda Superb Combi 4x4 2.0Tdi (170bhp, 0-100kmh in nine seconds), six-speed gearbox, four-wheel-drive, CO2 of 163g/km; VRT is 24pc. €481 annual road tax.
COST: From €26,025 for two-wheel-drive. Four-wheel-drive from €34,985.
Version tested: €38,935. Delivery, related charges extra.
TARGET MARKET: Families, lifestyle couples, company executives.
PLUS: Size, equipment, value, engine, 4x4 grip/traction, engine.
MINUS: Perception of price, additional cost of 4x4, maybe too large for many.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Cruise control, 6.5-inch colour touch screen, dual air-con, 30 GB built-in hard drive, hands-free BlueTooth system, seven airbags, electric folding mirrors, 17-inch alloys, audio remote controls on steering wheel, front cornering fog lights, rain sensing wipers, rear ISO-Fix child seat fittings, tyre pressure monitoring, front/rear parking sensors.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Audi A6 Avant, Peugeot 508 estate, Mercedes E-Class estate, Volkswagen Passat estate, BMW 5-series Touring.s