Oh, how they laughed when Skoda originally announced its Superb a dozen years ago. People hadn’t yet forgotten the old jokes back then – was Skoda setting itself up for a fall
Not a bit of it – the Passat-based Superb really was very good. The next car, launched in 2008, was even better. And now the Superb takes on Skoda’s current family look, with sharper lines front and rear and some big fuel economy and emissions improvements.
The new look is most evident at the front, where Skoda’s new corporate grille design makes an appearance in large scale. It’s less rounded before and takes on a more expensive appearance, while new technology also appears in the form of bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights.
Skoda has updated the rear end too. The rear lights feature LED elements that form a C-shape, bringing the Superb closer to other more recent Skodas. The hatchback retains its huge 595-litre boot with the ‘Twindoor’ split tailgate design – a boot and hatchback in one. The estate’s practicality also remains unchanged – 633 litres of space with the seats up, a van-like 1,865 litres with them stowed.
Meteor Grey and Moon White paintwork joins the options list, as do a line of new 16-18 inch wheel designs.
Interior design has remained similar to the outgoing car, but a range of new fabrics and finishes are on offer. Skoda’s newer steering wheel design makes an appearance, and top-end Laurin & Klement models feature a brown and ivory interior scheme, as you can see in the images.
The entire Superb engine range has been optimised for greater fuel efficiency, with selected engines saving up to 19 percent in fuel compared to before.
Stop-start and kinetic energy recuperation is standard on all diesel Superbs. Thriftiest of these is the GreenLine, as before – 67.3 mpg combined, and CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. That puts it in band B for Vehicle Excise Duty, free in the first year and 20 thereafter.
The popular 2.0 TDI engines remain. Opt for the 140PS 4×4 and a six-speed manual transmission is now available, while the 2.0 TDI 170PS 4×4 has a standard six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.
Priced from: Not yet announced (current car 18,030)
Available from: June
The Superb’s new facelift ensures it won’t be left behind its smaller siblings in the Skoda range, with both Rapid and Octavia launched in the last six months or so. The styling remains an acquired taste – it’s more elegant in estate form, that’s for sure – but for a mix of practicality, refinement and economy, it’ll be as hard to beat as ever.
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