There’s a lot to be said for a properly quick car that also has inoffensive, butter-wouldn’t-melt looks. Throw in massive load-carrying abilities and practicality, and then factor in bargain prices on the secondhand market, and the conclusion is that you’d have to be slightly mad not to add this magical vehicle to your next-car shortlist.
The car we’re talking about is the Skoda Superb 280. Available in huge hatch or monster estate versions, it is powered by a 280bhp version of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine more normally seen in hot Volkswagens.
Even in bargelike Estate guise, that engine is poky enough to take you from 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds and on to an easy 155mph. If you’d like more, a simple chip upgrade will unleash 350bhp.
All 280s come with leather, a DSG gearbox, all-wheel drive, sat-nav and heated seats. When you consider that an Audi A4 S-line with a measly 150bhp costs around £32,000, the £31,445 asking price for the hatch or £32,745 for the Estate seem like ridiculously good value.
Better still, go used: we found a 3500-miler for sale at £28,999.