The Replacement car (s)

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    Hi -

    As some of you will know.. i got rid of my E60 525d Msport back in November last year, many years and miles of ownership - see thread - (http://www.bmwlander.co.uk/index.php?threads/the-e60-has-gone-to-a-new-home.523/)

    Back in March last year I ordered a C-Class merc (C350e) with the intention of that replacing the E60, however after that getting delayed after delay i got brassed off and cancelled the Merc order at the start of Nov. (see thread http://www.bmwlander.co.uk/index.php?threads/new-car-ordered-to-replace-e60-merc.48/ )

    Anyway... after looking around, my main requirement for a new car was space (more so with the 2 young kiddies) a decent enough spec to tick the boxes and something cheaper than the merc. The family requirements didn't really suite the 280bhp, tiny boot, small cabin C-class in fairness, so the aim here was a 2 to 4 year family solution of cars perfect for these duties, camping trips, school runs, UK and EU road trips...

    I spent a lot of time looking around the 3 series (too small) the 5 series (F10/11) which i liked but the shape has been knocking around a while now and just didn't really give me that spark if im honest.

    I think started to extend the search to VW, Audi, Ford, Lexus, etc etc and then made the choice, ordering the car on the 11th November 2015.

    After ordering the "above" car for me, and visiting the showroom a few times, the wife spotted something in there also which she really liked and having done the man maths etc, the spec v price was a perfect match.

    It was time then to sit back and wait for BOTH cars to arrive !!!

    First of all....

    He is the Mrs car which arrived last month. (could of delayed it for a 16 plate, but felt no need.)

    Skoda Rapid Spaceback SE Sport - 1.4TDI
    Key spec, Sat Nav, Voice Control, DAB, Climate,LED Running Lights, Multi Function Wheel. Sport Seats, Glass pano roof,


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    And then on Monday..... My new car arrived....

    New Skoda Superb Combi. 2.0TDI in SE Business trim.

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    I was so surprised how good the spec and build quality of the cars were when i demoed them and to be honest the Skoda brand is now very close to VW if not on a par to the Passat (way above Seat) in the VAG rankings.

    So, if you fancy a change... dont skip these 2....


    So far.... VERY impressed with both cars and look forward to getting some miles on them !
     
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    Well the Fabia doesn't float my boat, but the Superb is 'Superb!':)

    Enjoy

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    Haha... The above is a Rapid Spaceback, not a Fabia :)

    Cheers
     
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    Oh time for my med's 'Nurse!'
     
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    Rick, just look at those seats, make BMW's seats look bland and uncomfortable. If only the rapid looked as good on the outside.
    I would definately consider the Superb.
     
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    Nice looking cars you have
     
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    Yeah, the Rapid is a bit Marmite i guess... however the photos dont do it justice if im honest, looks well in the flesh.

    The superb seats are really supportive, wide and comfy, more so with full memory, lumbar etc..
     
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    Nice choice(s) - you could hold a dance in the Superb! :)
     
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    Nice. When my company car is up for renewal in October I will be pushing for a Skoda Octavia as they look great, are well built and great value for money. My only other options are VW, Audi or Ford but I have my heart set on the Skoda. Good choices you made there in my opinion (y)
     
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    A good friend of mine has a Octy 3 - I looked at one and nearly ordered a VRS estate at the start of last year - did 600 miles in the demo car :)

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    They are nice cars aren't they. The only issue I have is that Skoda isn't currently on the company list but I'll try anyway. Failing that it will be a Golf GTD but that won't have the DSG box like the Skoda would because of my allowance limit. In fact I could get the Octavia VRS with DSG and 4x4 for the price of the Golf GTD, that shows how much value you get.
     
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    Hi Rick. Big fan of the combi. Lots of bells and whistles. The seats look particularly good.
     
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    I have tried to add Skodas to my works fleet before, only to meet resistance.
    Personally i think they are decent cars, if perhaps the name Superb does lend its name to sarky comments.
    Will be interesting to see how they pan out over the next few years.
     
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    So far so good, the Superb is a joy to drive, enough power (150bhp) weighing in 1250kg ish, all the tech onboard which is required, the seats are really good and supportive and so far returning 50mpg long term over the first 250 miles which have all been urban.

    The Spaceback rapid is now on 1600 miles, returning 53mpg long term, nippy enough and again equip'ed with the tech.

    Yeah, will be interesting to see how they pan out... The Superb will be around for 4 years, (my company car - forced into a choice after the E60 went bang) and the Rapid Spaceback will only be around for 2 years, (again leased via the company) but its on a 24 month contract so there will be something new in 22 months.

    These are not cars i would purchase privately, however leasing with zero risk of resale values, market customer, etc is my logic with these 2.

    As both cars are fully maintained including insurance (covering anything from a bulb to a tyre to the engine) our responsibility is to just add fuel just seems to make sense to me at the moment after chucking money at cars (mostly the E60) for the last 5 years... ((ie.. keeping service history upto date, OEM parts, dealer service and repairs etc... for it to just then go bang seemed a waste)

    Will keep the thread rolling with updates over time...

    Best question i have been asked so far about the Superb was " what car is that? Me:- Skoda - them :- No... Really ? (more so i think as the new gen skoda badges have lost the wording and green bit.)

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    I love the photo, it makes your car look like its chrome.
     
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    Time for a small update.

    The Rapid Spaceback is now over 6 months old with just 3000 miles on it. MPG wise.. 55mpg overall which is great as it feels like it never needs fuel. Nothing to write home about regarding issues etc, it just does what it says on the tin in comfort with the great spec around you.

    The Superb, same story really, 3 months old, 4000 miles on it of which 1200 of them miles was a trip from the UK, France, Belgium and Holland. The car was loaded to the max, cruised perfect (better than the E60 ever did i think.) returned 49mpg heavy (over 120 bottles of beer and 40 bottles on wine on the return trip i may add.) the car was looking low on the rear though..

    I really cant fault the car, its nice to drive, great seats, enough spec and most importantly costs me bugger all in fuel, acres of space where as the merc in hindsight was the wrong car for the family task in hand and glad i didnt go down that route now...

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    That s a nice pair of cars you ve got yourself , Skoda s have come on a long way since they got bad press years ago , I ve heard they get along the road quite rapidly too . enjoy .(y)
     
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    Cheers pal.
     
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    I test drove the new Superb recently - wanted to try the 150bhp petrol auto estate but didn't have one in. Quality and space were excellent. We ended up driving a manual 190bhp hatchback.

    Dealer was atrocious - told in advance what I wanted to drive and no decision would be made that day due to it being on a list - just wanted a good drive. I got an hour in front of the salesman and 10 minutes in the car - walked out disgusted! Lookers in Stockport.
     
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    From my experience with Skoda dealers, I'm not overly surprised!

    Vindis Cambridge are my closest and went backwards and forwards there. Initial impressions were good - phoned to see about testdriving in the morning, popped down 90mins later and taken straight out to the car and given a 30mins testdrive. BUT, somewhere between the phonecall and the drive, a rumour about me being dead set on a petrol Yeti started and it took ages to get them away from this and get them to accept that I was, in fact, open for anything providing it was a) newer than 3yrs, b) less than 30k on the clock and c) the top spec Laurin & Klement model. Otherwise flexible on colour, gearbox, engine etc.

    That's where it started to go downhill. I popped back with the Zed for a px price. And turned away as they didn't have anyone who could do it!

    I went back the following day, given a price (no negotiation whatsoever) and sent away saying they would find me the car according to my wish list. Phoned back 3 days later with a 5yr old car with 40k on the clock!

    In the end, I got sick and tired of them and sourced my own. In 24hrs.

    Sadly, Caffyn's then supplied a car which was to the letter of their Approved Used Scheme, compliant. But in my view, tyre-wise was borderline and actually a pretty poor show. I was then patronized by a well-meaning 20yr old, who has subsequently also informed me that whistling turbos are normal and it's only down to me being used to a nat asp petrol that I'm noticing it. I pointed out in no uncertain terms that I have been driving for more years than he's been alive, own two other diesel vehicles and it's absolutely not normal!

    I'm not saying that BMW dealers are all great. But I expected better of Skoda since there must still be a lot of marketing required to change perceptions of old.

    It's a shame because as I'm finding out, their cars are very good. And far better than expected.

    Anyway, thanks @RickT for your help with the Yeti and for making the move and telling us how great they are; I perhaps wouldn't have believed it otherwise. :)
     
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