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New car reviews online: Skoda’s new hatchback

Plus we review the Volvo V60 and the DS 5

Skoda superb

The Skoda Superb lives up to its name in the looks department

As well as Skoda’s modestly named family car, the Skoda Superb, we’ve also reviewed the latest version of the original compact SUV, the Honda CR-V, the stylish V60 estate from Volvo and the DS 5, which, despite appearances, is not the Citroen DS5.

If you’re going to name your car Superb you’d best be sure it is – our tests reveal whether Skoda’s latest car has what it takes to be a Best Buy. Volvo, Honda and DS have gone for more inconspicuous names on their latest cars but we’ve still put them through the same tests in our lab and on the tarmac.

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Skoda Superb (2015-) estate – new model

The name’s a bit of a giveaway but the Superb is Skoda’s flagship car that the Czech manufacturer hopes can go toe-to-toe with the Mazda 6 Tourer and Ford Mondeo. It’s certainly got the chops to do it with a redesigned, angular body that’s a significant improvement over its predecessor.

It’s bigger too and Skoda’s push for a luxurious interior means it has a lot in common with premium estates from BMW and Audi. Can the range of engines cope with the extra size or will the drive on the Superb suffer? Find out in our Skoda Superb review.

Volvo V60

The Volvo V60 sacrifices space for style – is it a worthy trade-off?

Volvo V60 (2015-) estate – new model 

Volvo’s good looking new estate sees it going in an unexpected direction by sacrificing interior space for style. Rather than the boxy Volvo estates we’re used to, the V60 has a sloping roof and a creased front end that combine to make the lengthy vehicle look aerodynamic. The trade-off is a smaller boot and less headroom in the rear seats.

The new style should help the V60 hold its own amidst the BMW 3 Series’ and Audi Avants of the world and, with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, there’s no shortage of options. Check out our Volvo V60 review to see if it’s the estate you’ve been looking for.

Honda CR-V (2015-) 4×4 – facelift

As one of the cars that kick-started the compact SUV craze the original CR-V was well regarded for its practical interior. The latest iteration of the classic crossover continues its commitment to practicality while making subtle changes to the bodywork to give the CR-V a modern look. 

There’s still plenty of options available, including two-wheel and four-wheel drive models but at the pricier end of the compact SUV spectrum the CR-V will need to have something special up its sleeve to come out on top. Can the CR-V justify its high price? Find out in our Honda CR-V review.

DS 5

The new DS 5, not to be confused with the Citroen DS5

DS 5 (2015-) medium car – new model 

Formerly Citroen’s luxury brand, DS has been going it alone since 2015 and the DS 5 is the latest car to roll off the production line. Despite technically being a new model, the DS 5 is very much an updated version of the Citroen DS5 and the signs of the old car are evident in the sweeping chrome front end and door trim.

The similar design is no bad thing since the DS5 was quite the looker but if Citroen wants us to buy into the solo DS brand there will need to be improvements made under the hood. Read our DS 5 review to find out if it cements the brand’s luxury car status and whether there’s enough new to recommend it over the Citroen DS5.

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