Skoda Superb

5/5
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Verdict

The new Skoda Superb is a real head turner. This vehicle is probably the most versatile of its class and it’s by far the most spacious in its segment. The Superb is built on the Volkswagen MQB 2 platform and some think that Volkswagen should be worried about the Superb taking customers directly off the Passat. It by far has the largest boot and while the entry level price is not far off that of the Passat’s, what you get as standard in the Superb is a more-attractive package. This new Superb was unveiled and released in 2015. It is available as a saloon and as an estate (combi). This vehicle won the APMP (Association of Professional Motoring Press) Irish Car of the Year award for 2016.

Performance

There is a generous range of engines available to the Irish market. The smallest offering is the 1.4 litre petrol engine that offers 125 bhp. There is a good range of diesel engines available too. The smallest of these is a 1.6 litre TDI that offers 120 bhp. After driving the higher powered 2.0 litre TDI engines you realise that the 1.6 engine is slightly underpowered – but it will suit some people. The 2.0 litre engine is tuned to offer 150 bhp or 190 bhp. The 190 bhp model is also available with four-wheel drive.

Ride & Handling

This vehicle is just under five metres in length and therefore you would expect that it suffers in terms of handling. We were surprised to find that it handled very well. The Superb is available with special dampers that adapt to the road and drivers can choose to drive in normal, comfort or sport. Comfort mode was the best for soaking up road imperfections. In terms of body roll the vehicle will only suffer if you are taking corners at high speeds. The vehicle is well composed. Likewise, when it comes to cornering and twists & turns the Superb deals with them well - provided you are not driving too fast.

Refinement

This is an extremely refined vehicle. The interior is brilliantly padded from external noises and there is no major issues from road or wind noise. The engines are hushed too, which makes driving the Superb a very comfortable experience.

Quality & Reliability

The Superb comes very highly specced, even at entry level. It comes with many clever additions and it offers much more than the Passat, the Mondeo and the Avensis. The vehicle is well connected with the driver, passengers and the road. The infotainment system is very easy to use. Even at the entry level the seats are very comfortable.

Safety & Security

The new Superb received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP tests. It scored 86% for both adult and child occupancy. For pedestrian safety it scored 71% and for safety assist is scored 76%. The car comes with up to nine airbags. The Superb also has what’s called “Traffic Jam Assist”. Like with the BMW set up, this system maintains a certain degree of steering and acceleration while sitting in traffic – it shows that Volkswagen Group are getting closer to autonomous driving. This system works at speeds of 60 km/h.

Space & Practicality

Both versions offer best-in-class space. The boot is the biggest in its class and it offers limousine-like space to the front and rear. The fuel economy of the new Superb has also been improved in comparison to the outgoing model.

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Key Facts

Make

Skoda

Model
Superb
Variant
Active 1.4 TSI 125bhp
Trim
Active
Car Category
Family Saloon
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
1.4
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed Manual
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Saloon
Price New
€26,995
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
5.4
Average km/L
18.5
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
66
Fuel Tank Range
1222 km
Cost of filling a tank
€86.72
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.19
CO2 emmissions
125 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
125 bhp
Max Power kW
93
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1395
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
208 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
9.9 s
L/100km Urban
7.80 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.90 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Saloon
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
625 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Mileage
150,000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
625 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/60 R16 mm
Tyre size back
215/60 R16 mm
Length
4833 mm
Width
1817 mm
Height
1462 mm
Wheel Base
2761 mm
Front Track (mm)
1462
Rear Track (mm)
1518
Kerb weight
1467 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2030
Turning circle (m)
11.69

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Steering
Steering rack
Power
125 bhp