The Skoda hasn't graced the PH homepage in a while, for which we have to apologise. It isn't that it has been forgotten; on the contrary, it is in constant use and forever doing long journeys here and there, as proven by 15K mileage. For one, it is the most comfortable cruiser on the PH Fleet and the most practical, which means it's perfect for a Sunday Service wagon. In previous updates, it has been to Wales and Scotland but generally spends its time toing and froing from various Sunday morning locations fully laden.
Our tenure of the Skoda is coming to a close and the cavernous space it will leave is going to be very hard to fill. With the seats down, the Skoda has 1,950 litres of space. Let that sink in. Compare it with two other behemoths in the estate world - the Volvo V90 and the Audi A6, which are both longer than the Skoda - and they pale in comparison in terms of boot space, with 1,526 and 1,680 litres respectively. There really aren't any other options in the car world that can provide more space - so naturally, our sights have turned to vans. Currently we're looking at a VW Caddy, preferably in Viper Green...
Writing about the Skoda remains a genuinely challenging task because it remains such a complete vehicle. Perhaps fuel consumption isn't all that, but let's not forget that this is a 160mph estate that's frequently hauling hundreds of kilos of Sunday Service junk around - including on its roof. Imagine doing that in something a few years older with a V6 and ever getting more than 20mpg; that we're above 25 sounds alright to me.
As Nik said above, the Superb really is going to be tremendously difficult to replace - any ideas?
Car: Skoda Superb 280 Estate
On fleet since: February 2017
List price new: £35,300 (As tested £40,255 comprising £600 for Canton sound system, £435 for Crew protection assist and rear side airbags, £750 for Dynamic Chassis control, £350 for front and rear parking sensors, £250 for heated front seats, £765 for integrated towbar, £45 for Isofix on front passenger seat, £150 for LED light package rear, £350 for rear-view parking camera, £90 for rear backrest releases from boot, £100 for temporary space saver spare wheel, £150 for variable boot floor, £600 for virtual pedal, £20 for waste bin in door panel and £300 for wireless phone charging with Bluetooth)
Last month at a glance: Up and down and all around - the Skoda has been impressing wherever it has ventured