New Skoda Superb Review
The Skoda we know today hit on a very simple formulae; a winning one. Skoda know for a start that we appreciate a bargain. Value for money is a winner in anyone’s books, because we all work hard. You can, as Skoda have, take the concept a little further, and make the product totally ‘fit for purpose’, i.e fitting your needs perfectly. And why not throw quality into the equation too, and then you’re on to a sure winner. That’s Skoda for you.
The Superb, aptly named, is Skoda’s best embodiment of all those things. It is their flagship product, almost discretely so. At a starter price of £22,000 it also represents remarkable value for money, wrapped in a prestige quality package. You have for a start, an exceptionally spacious interior cabin; even a six footer can sit in the back fully stretched out. Have a good look around whilst you’re in there and you’ll find premium style quality switchgear and fittings, at a glance well below your instinctive and predictable overestimate of it’s true price. Step out, slide your hands around the faultless paint and panel finish, and it could easily be mistaken for a car of much higher value. If it wasn’t actually called the superb, you’d be tempted to call it so.
Welcome, as we do, the more purposeful and arresting lines of the new Superb in place of the admittedly bland lines of its predecessor, there only remains the very personal choice of the power plant. That choice is a complex one, for there are no less than four turbo charged petrol and three turbo charged diesel engines to choose from, ranging from 120PS up to a meaty powerful 380 PS. The top seller, and the fleet buyer’s favourite is the 2.0 litre TDI (diesel) with an equally wallet and environmentally friendly 108g/km of CO2, and a pocket inviting 68.9m mpg. This one eats long distance cross country travel for breakfast, and pulls impressively from low to mid-range speeds, as most 2.0 litre diesels do – thus overtaking is a doddle, and everyone going that little bit slower than you just an object to get past.
Those of you who have no particular interest in any of those virtues might be tempted to explore the option of what is by far one of the best performing 1.4 petrol engines we have yet to this day driven. Whilst on paper ‘only’ churning out 150 PS and 57.7 mpg, it is nearon a benchmark of just how good small engine performance can be. Mated to a manual gearbox and pushing this car through some of Scotland’s finest hill routes was an absolute joy, making this little shiner most certainly our first choice. Why on earth, do you say, would you opt for the smallest engine in such a large car? Answer, because it’s so good!
Yet the story doesn’t end there, for the Superb extends it’s all purpose appeal with the option of four wheel drive too, and the reassurance of added handling safety. The ‘know-how’ is a given for its parent company is Audi, a company that have mastered four wheel drive technology to a tee. This comes as an option only with the 190 PS and 280 PS diesel versions of the car, and is the preferred choice if you need to accommodate towing things around.
Handling, grip, and overall driveability are high on all versions of the car. Modern technology, such as the standard electronic differential , overcome the threatened impediments of weight and size on fast undulating roads, and you have to push unreasonably hard to unsettle this car…at all. But why would you?
It’s hard to go wrong with the Superb for this kind of money. In fact you could treat yourself to a damn good holiday with the change you get from buying this over something with a prestige brand name. Superb? Say no more
Engine: 2.0 TDI 150PS | Transmission: Six-speed manual | Combined mpg: 68.9mpg | CO2: 108g/km | Max speed: 137mph | 0–62 mph: 8.8 secs | Recommended OTR: £22,090