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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.
Skoda Octavia

What we like

  • Amazingly practical
  • Super entertaining wagon

What we don't

  • Huge 19-inch rims easy to scuff

5.
Volkswagen Golf

What we like

  • It’s properly fast
  • Brilliant dynamics
  • Practicality

What we don't

  • Synthetic engine noise
  • Close to $60k price tag
  • Warranty should be five years

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