It might seem quite confident to name a car ‘Superb’, but Skoda has always been able to make sure that its flagship model lives up to its name.
Now in its third generation, the latest Superb is roomier, more comfortable and more upmarket than ever and remains one of the most accomplished large hatchbacks and saloons available today.
Sound good? Here’s what you need to know about the Skoda Superb before buying one…
What powertrains are available?
The latest Superb is offered with the widest choice of powertrains yet, with options ranging from efficient diesels to plug-in hybrids and a sporty petrol model.
Let’s begin with the diesels, which all consist around a 2.0-litre unit, with outputs of 120bhp, 148bhp, 187bhp and 197bhp available. Our pick of the range would be the 148bhp model, which is able to reach 0-60mph in under nine seconds, yet able to return a claimed 58.9mpg, with low CO2 emissions of 125g/km. It’s worth noting this 148bhp model is the only diesel to come with a manual gearbox as standard, with the rest all using an automatic gearboxes, with four-wheel-drive being available as an option on the two most powerful versions.
Moving to petrol, a 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI engine is available with a manual or automatic gearbox, while a 187bhp 2.0-litre comes solely with a DSG automatic transmission. At the top of the line-up is a powerful 276bhp 2.0-litre engine that’s an automatic and also comes with four-wheel-drive as standard. With a 0-60mph time of five seconds, it’s especially rapid, though will be quite thirsty to run.
Skoda has also recently introduced a plug-in hybrid ‘iV’ model, which pairs a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and battery. Combined, the setup produces 215bhp, while a claimed 35-mile electric range brings the possibility of some very low running costs. Official Skoda figures say it will return between 156 and 235mpg, along with CO2 emissions ranging between 27-40g/km that make it a very attractive company car tax.
What trim levels are offered?
Four trim levels are available on the Superb – SE, SE L, SportLine Plus and Laurin & Klement. Equipment highlights and pricing are as follows.
SE – from £25,645
Standard equipment on the Superb includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, LED headlights and an eight-inch touchscreen with DAB radio. You also get dual-zone climate control, electric folding door mirror and front and rear parking sensors.
SE L – from £28,810
Upgrading to the SE L brings larger 18-inch alloy wheels, full Matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators and an upgraded eight-inch media system with in-built Wi-Fi and satellite navigation. You also get leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat, keyless entry and an electric boot.
SportLine Plus – from £34,495
As its name indicates, the SportLine Plus brings racier styling thanks to its large 19-inch alloy wheels, tweaked bumpers, while inside it gets Alcantara sports seats and a sports steering wheel. A larger 9.2-inch media system is also included.
Laurin & Klement – from £37,000
The Laurin & Klement grade is named after Skoda’s founders and comes absolutely laden with equipment. It features Dynamic Chassis Control that lets you adapt the steering and damping, along with heated and ventilated front and rear seats, as well as a heated steering wheel. A digital cockpit system is also included, along with a Canton sound system, reversing camera and heated windscreen to name but a few features.
What about personalisation?
While the Superb isn’t a model that majors on personalisation, there are still plenty of options to choose from. For starters, the colour selection is extensive, with 13 different shades to choose from, including bold options like Dragon Green, Emerald Green and Race Blue, alongside more conventional options. Various wheel designs can also be optioned.
In terms of more conventional extras, you can add a massaging driver’s seat, a panoramic sunroof and 360-degree parking camera.Enquire on a new Skoda Superb