Words by Declan Glynn
The third (and most successful) generation of the Skoda Superb has been extensively revised both inside and out.
Available in a Combi (Estate) and Saloon (Liftback) versions, Skoda has slightly modified the exterior of the Superb and has carefully refined the front section.
The redesigned front bumper means the car’s length has increased by 8mm (to 4,869mm) in the Superb Liftback, and by 6mm (to 4,862mm) in the Superb Combi.
There are five trim options on offer – Active, Ambition, Style, SportLine, and range-topping L&K (in honour of the company founders and automotive pioneers, Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement).
The Superb update includes new technologies and an even more sophisticated interior.
These include full LED matrix headlights available for the first time in a Skoda production model, and feature as standard on SportLine and L&K models.
Additionally, several new assistance systems (such as predictive cruise control) have made their debut in the new Superb.
The engine line-up in consists of a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol (TSI) which produces 150bhp, a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel (TDI) with 120bhp, and a 2.0-litre TDI with a choice of 150bhp or 190bhp.
Transmission options include a 6-speed manual, or a 7-speed DSG (automatic) – depending on the model and engine chosen – while four-wheel-drive is available with the TDI 190bhp engine.
My review car was a Superb SportLine Liftback 1.5TSI 150bhp, which was fitted with the VW group’s wonderful DSG (automatic) transmission.
An impressive specification comes as standard in SportLine trim, with the very latest in comfort, convenience, safety, and infotainment features on offer.
On the road, my review car handled every road surface with poise and precision, while the slick DSG transmission ensured that every journey was pleasurable.
Fuel economy is another strong point for the Superb, with my car returning a consistent 43mpg (6.6l/100km) on a combined driving cycle, while annual road tax is just €270.
There is just one word required to describe the new Skoda Superb, and the clue is in the name.
The big Skoda is ‘superb’ in every way – from its striking design language, and its sumptuous and spacious interior, to the impressive on-board technology, and modern engine line-up.
A plug-in hybrid is due to join the wonderful Superb range soon, and this will enhance the appeal of the car to an even wider audience than ever before.
Pricing for the revised Skoda Superb range starts at just €30,750 (including delivery), with my review car specification priced from €39,750.