Over the last twelve months, I’ve driven much of the Superb range from Skoda. Only two months ago I was in the Superb Combi, and I rattled on about the 660 litre boot and some of the simply clever stuff that is available with the car. Since then, I’ve got my hands on a 2.0 TDI, 150bhp, Superb Saloon. While it doesn’t offer the same practicality as that of the Combi version, there is no doubting that this is one of the best cars in its segment.
I’ve written a fair whack of reviews on the Skoda Superb since it was launched in 2014. I’ve travelled from Czech to Poland in one on a personal journey and I drove around the beautiful countryside of Bavaria in one. I’ve even managed to cover thousands of miles here in Ireland. The thing is, this is one of my favourite cars at the moment, and most of my reviews on the car itself are very positive towards the vehicle. I’m not alone though, this car is getting red hot reviews from most places.
This car is the most practical machine in its class. It’s generously specced and it’s a pleasure to drive. That doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect drive though. Because of the size of this vehicle, you will find that it can be a wide on corners if you approach with speed, and the 150hp version, which is one of their big sellers, just isn’t as nice as the more powerful 190hp version. Apart from that, if you cruise this car in the way that it’s meant to be driven, then you should be satisfied with what it offers.
Our car came with a DSG automatic gearbox and on-paper we’re told that it’ll bring you from 0-100km/h in 9 seconds. They also claim a fuel economy of 4.7 l/100km or 60.1 mpg. I returned an average fuel economy of about 7l/100km which is more like 40mpg. The lesson to learn here is that you should only take a manufacturer’s claimed economy figures with a pinch of salt.
With this car, the Volkswagen Group might have shot themselves in the foot. While it may not be as dynamic as the Passat, you do get more bang for your hard earned money. But then again, with the ramifications of dieselgate to Volkswagen, it’s quite possible that the likes of Audi, Skoda and SEAT (and the other brands too), might be the saviours of the Group going forward.
The new Superb gives class-leading legroom and an incredible 625-litres of cargo space (which is better than every car in its class). Sitting in here, even at the lowest spec is comfortable and spacious. Owners will also benefit from air-conditioning, including three-zone climate control. Available with the Superb is an electronic sliding and panoramic roof. Also on offer is heated seats, wirelessly heated windscreen and an electronic boot that can be opened with a virtual pedal. When it comes to technology, the new Superb features Apple Car Play, Mirror Link and Smart Link via large new colour touch screen interfaces.
The new Superb comes with a choice of five petrol and three TDI Common Rail Diesel engines. Transmissions include a new 7- Speed DSG, a 6-speed DSG and a manual. Prices for the new Skoda Superb start from €27,795. If you opt for the Laurin & Klement model we were driving, you will be looking north of €40,000.