If you’re in the market for a new Skoda, you will likely have come across a trim level called Laurin and Klement (L&K). This is the range-topping specification on a selection of Skoda models, and aims to make the car feel a bit more upmarket inside and out than their more affordable versions.
As well as being the top spec trim level, the Laurin and Klement grade is also Skoda’s way of paying tribute to its past. Skoda can trace its lineage back to a Czech company called Laurin and Klement, which originally built bicycles before it pursued a new path as a car maker.
The Laurin and Klement trim level is also a relatively recent addition to Skoda’s car line-up. It first debuted as a new equipment line in January 2013 on the original Skoda Yeti, though is now featured on some of Skoda’s larger cars. This guide will go through which Skoda models are available in the Laurin and Klement trim, what comes with it and whether you should consider it.
What do you get with the Laurin and Klement trim?
Skoda offers a selection of interior and exterior upgrades on its Laurin and Klement trim, which aim to make the car it’s specified on feel a bit more premium inside and out than the less-expensive models.
The Laurin and Klement trim is billed by Skoda as its most luxury-oriented trim, with most of the changes on this spec involving the interior.
There’s leather upholstery with the Laurin and Klement logo embossed in the seats, and upmarket-feeling interior materials that will usually consist of a glossy piano black material on the centre console and stainless-steel door sill covers.
Laurin and Klement cars also get additional equipment over the standard range. The Skoda Superb gets heated and ventilated seats with electronic adjustment, for example.
The exterior additions included in the Laurin and Klement trim aren’t as prominent as the ones inside, though there are subtle features to help it stand out from the less-expensive models.
These will typically include a new alloy wheel design, along with a shiny chrome grille and tweaked front and rear bumpers. Laurin and Klement badges can usually be found on the front wings as well.
What models is the Laurin and Klement trim available on?
At the time of writing, Skoda only offers the Laurin and Klement trim on its two largest models: the Superb family car and the Kodiaq SUV. Detailed below are the main additions when you spec the Laurin and Klement trim on your new Kodiaq or Superb.
Skoda Kodiaq L&K
When specified in the Laurin and Klement trim, the Skoda Kodiaq gets as standard the below creature comforts over the less expensive spec grades:
- Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display
- Canton 10-speaker sound system
- Panoramic sunroof
- Power-adjustable front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Lane departure warning
The Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech car company’s biggest SUV, which means it’s worth considering if you’re after a roomy higher-riding family car. The Kodiaq comes with seven seats, which is ideal for larger families – though do bear in mind the two rear-most seats are only large enough to fit children comfortably.
Skoda Superb L&K
In addition to the equipment available on the more affordable models, the Skoda Superb comes as standard with the following features in the Laurin and Klement trim:
- Three-zone climate control
- Heated steering wheel
- Adaptive suspension
- Power-adjustable and ventilated front seats
- Reversing camera
- Park assist
- Lane departure warning
- Blind spot monitoring
- Hands-free boot release
The Skoda Superb makes an ideal family car. There’s lots of space inside for passengers (leg room in particular is a big highlight), and there’s a massive boot, too. With the rear seats up, the hatchback version has up to 625 litres of luggage space, which grows to 660 litres on the estate.
Is the Laurin and Klement trim worth it?
Being the luxury-oriented trim level, Skoda models kitted out in the Laurin and Klement spec are amongst the most expensive versions you can buy. For both the Skoda Superb and Skoda Kodiaq, like-for-like Laurin and Klement versions will cost around £2,000 more than the next trim down.
If you’d prefer your Skoda to be as plush as possible, then the Laurin and Klement trim may be worth going for. This spec is the best-equipped trim level on both the Skoda Superb and Skoda Kodiaq, and they also tend to have more upmarket interiors than like-for-like models in the entry-level and mid-range trims.
However, Laurin and Klement cars do have the highest price tags, so they may not be for you if you’re after the best value for money. This is especially the case if you don’t feel you need all of the extras that come as standard on the trim – and in many cases, the features that come as standard on the Laurin and Klement cars can be specified as optional extras on the more affordable Skoda Kodiaq and Skoda Superb variants.
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