“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to be Skoda’s no-nonsense motto as it introduces its new fourth-generation flagship, the Superb, in hatchback and estate options. Well, not too much, anyway.
There is a choice of two 2-litre petrol and two 2-litre diesel models (more powerful versions have four-wheel drive) and a new 1.5-litre petrol mild hybrid Superb iV with a battery capacity of up to 60 miles.
But significantly there is no purely electric version. Expect prices from £35,000 when they go on sale next year.
If it is not broken: you can choose between two 2-liter gasoline and two 2-liter diesel models
At first glance, you’d be hard-pressed to spot the exterior styling tweaks intended to make it look sleeker and more aerodynamic, including slimmer, brighter matrix LED headlights.
Both versions are slightly longer and taller than previous versions, with more boot space.
Sales of second-hand pure electric vehicles double
While new electric cars may be out of reach for most motorists, sales of second-hand pure electric vehicles have doubled in the last three months (compared to the same period last year), reaching a share record market growth of 1.8 percent with 34,021 sales, according to official data. The figures show it.
Record share: sales of second-hand pure electric vehicles have doubled in the last three months (compared to the same period last year)
However, that still represents less than 1 in 50 used cars sold. The UK used car market grew by 5.5 percent in the third quarter of 2023, with almost 1.9 million vehicles changing hands.
The best sellers are the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, VW Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
- New car sales in October rose 14.3 percent year-on-year to 153,529 vehicles, of which 23,943 were purely electric. Trade body SMMT said that although this was a fifth, overall market share had risen only marginally to 15.6 per cent, with private registrations accounting for less than one in four new electric cars this year.