SKODA'S flagship Superb model has always been a leader in its field and its reputation has just grown even further with some smart upgrades along with extra technology.
There are well-equipped trim grades to choose from along with a range of punchy engines, including the company's first plug-in hybrid, plus the option of a DSG automatic transmission and 4x4 ability.
The Superb's design has been subtly refined with a remodelled radiator grille and a chrome trim between the LED rear lights.
There are redesigned lights that make the car look more dynamic in its styling and, with a new bumper, the model has grown in length by 8mm to 4,869mm, but the wheelbase, height and width remain the same.
Another new feature is the LED spotlight puddle lamps that project ‘SKODA' onto the ground when the doors are opened. There are also refreshed alloy wheels and extra colour choices for customers.
We tried the Superb Hatch (it's also available in estate guise) powered by a 2.0-litre 190ps diesel engine with seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, 4x4 and in high-end Sportline Plus trim level.
This car, priced at Â£39,025 - increased to Â£40,685 with options - could complete the 0-62mph dash in 8.0 seconds, maxed out at 143mph and, according to official WLTP figures, could deliver a combined 44.1-39.8mpg with carbon emissions of 186g/km.
With Race Blue metallic paint, a gloss black rear spoiler and grille, privacy glass, plus 19-inch blackened alloys, the car certainly looked the business and a number of people commented on the dynamic styling of this five-door beauty.
The interior of the latest Superb is ultra-modern and beautifully styled with all controls, dials and readouts easy to operate on the fly. The Alcantara sports seats and steering wheel have ample adjustment so it's simple to get comfy and there is a wealth of technology to explore.
Features on our car included a 9.2-inch touchscreen with 3D map navigation and Wi-Fi, SmartLink+ with Apply CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink connectivity, a DVD drive in the glovebox, a heated steering wheel, heated seats and plenty more besides.
When it comes to handling, the car quickly answered the most regular question I was asked during the week-long loan: "Does it go as fast as it looks?" The answer is ‘yes' and some.
This Superb is beautifully balanced with excellent road grip and all the power and acceleration you could wish for. There is a Sport setting on the gear lever that sharpens up the handling along with steering wheel mounted paddles for manual switching.
There are also Drive Mode settings called Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual with Sport proving the most rewarding out on the quieter country lanes.
Motorway driving is a pleasure behind the wheel of the Superb with the cabin well insulated against any engine or road surface noise and the suspension smoothing out bumps and dips effectively.
There is ample space in the back for two adults to sit in complete comfort or three if they don't mind a bit of a squeeze. And the boot is generously sized with a 625-litre capacity - a limit that increases to 1,760 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat.
In addition, there are lots of handy storage compartments scattered throughout the cabin, including a cooled central cubby box, front and rear cup holders, door pockets, a glovebox, sunglasses holder, a tray and seat pockets.
As one would expect, Skoda has packed the car with safety kit and it was awarded the maximum five stars when tested for its Euro NCAP safety rating. Features include the likes of front assist with automatic braking, blind spot detection, a driver fatigue sensor, seven airbags and lots more.