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1.
Skoda Superb

What we like

  • Subtle good looks
  • Stands apart from the rabble
  • Performance and handling to match

What we don't

  • Badge can work against it
  • Thirstier than its claimed fuel economy
  • Misses out on full engine tune

2.
Volkswagen Passat

What we like

  • Great engine
  • Excellent performance
  • Spacious and practical

What we don't

  • Small amount of turbo lag
  • Could do with tougher looks
  • Ride is a tad hard

3.
Mazda 6

What we like

  • Great looks
  • Fun to drive
  • Advanced safety equipment

What we don't

  • Small boot
  • Styling means smaller rear door openings
  • Cabin starting to age

4.
BMW 5 Series

What we like

  • Plenty of equipment
  • Stellar standard safety package
  • Active drive modes can elicit maximum fun

What we don't

  • More expensive than car it replaces
  • As-standard ride comfort as-yet untested
  • Underwhelming performance numbers

5.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

What we like

  • Feels like the best ride in the E-Class range
  • Extra ruggedness of All-Terrain body kit
  • Value gain over other E-Classes

What we don't

  • No longer a seven seater
  • 2.0-litre diesel isn’t as punchy in All-Terrain guise
  • Spare wheel optional even without third row seat

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