Skoda has given its range-topping Superb hatchback and estate a mid-life refresh.
The Czech manufacturer hasn’t gone overboard with the styling differences, although full Matrix LED headlights are an all-new feature for a Skoda, and they aim to avoid dazzling other drivers - even with high-beam on permanently.
Alongside the slimmer LED lights, a revised radiator grille, new front bumper and Skoda lettering at the rear help to distinguish the upgraded car.
A further two driver assistance features are also introduced on the Superb – predictive cruise control and emergency assistance. The former can detect speed restrictions and bends ahead in the road, and adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly. The latter is particularly innovative, though, as the car can be automatically steered to the roadside in emergencies – taking into account traffic in other lanes. New side assist and an enhanced autonomous emergency braking system also feature.
Skoda has also updated the interior with new materials, while a new 9.2-inch touchscreen – first seen in the new Scala hatchback – also appears with new connectivity features and real-time data. Unlike before, satellite navigation is now fitted as standard, while buyers can choose an optional digital cockpit, too.See Available Superb deals
An extended number of ‘Simply Clever’ touches are also now offered – a development of current features such as handy umbrellas in the doors. There’s now a boot storage system housed underneath a false floor, along with wireless charging. The model also continues to offer the largest boot in its class – 625 litres in the hatch and 660 litres with the estate.
Alongside the new plug-in hybrid iV variant – the first hybrid Skoda – there will be three diesel and three petrol engines producing between 118bhp and 272bhp, with manual and automatic DSG gearboxes available across much of the range.
The stylish Sportline variant has also been updated with a revised grille and new paint finishes – such as Crystal Black and Race Blue – while a rugged Scout variant with increased ride height and underbody protection has also been confirmed.
The Superb range is offered as both a large five-door hatchback and estate variant, with prices and full specs set to be announced later in the year.