SKODA

SKODA SUPERB HATCHBACK 2.0 TSI 190 Laurin + Klement 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2162 g/km

SUPERB IN NAME ONLY?

Introduction

Motoring writer June Neary checks out Skoda's impressive Superb

Will It Suit Me?

All of this 'surprising Skoda' stuff is getting a little boring. If you're reading this page, then you likely already know that this Czech maker produces some pretty impressive cars these days - and none more so than the model I've been checking out here - the third generation Superb. This is supposedly a medium range Mondeo-sized family saloon: at least, that's the way it's priced. Check out the room in the back however and it's much more akin to cars from the next class up - BMW's 5-Series, Audi's A6 and so on. Of course, if you don't care about back seat space, that's not going to attract you very much. But what you can't get away from is that this car, like every other Skoda, offers quite outstanding value for money. And on that basis, you may well feel like I did, that it's a car you just can't ignore.

Practicalities

Once I seated myself inside, the first thing that struck me was the wood trim on the top variant I tried - actually done rather well. Adorning the dashboard and the doors, the dark timber is tasteful and Germanic. The Superb's size immediately strikes you. Previous Superb models were hardly compact but this model is 28mm longer in the hatch guise I tried or 23mm if you go for the estate. From some angles, the shape isn't particularly graceful but it's pleasant enough and from the inside it's hard not to be impressed. The Volkswagen and Audi design cues are evident all around the interior and the general feeling of quality is tangible. In the rear, your lucky passengers will find legroom of a level only usually found in luxury saloons, with space for even the preposterously tall to get comfy. I liked what Skoda calls its 'Simply Clever' touches too. Like the umbrella holder in the door. Or the way that you can cool not only the glovebox but the spacious centre armrest compartment to keep drinks and sweets cool, then dispose of the litter afterwards in an optional waste bin built into the door panel. Then there's a clever 'one-handed cupholder' that removes the need for the driver to take both hands off the wheel to unscrew a bottletop. By integrating an ultra-grippy rubber base to the cupholder, unscrewing even the tightest of bottletops becomes easy. Other more familiar practical touches include the usual cupholders, an overhead compartment for your sunglasses, a ticket holder on the A-pillar and door bins big enough to hold a 1.5-litre bottle.

Behind the Wheel

On the move, as ever in a Superb, the ride and refinement are exemplary. What's changed here though is this car's dynamic demeanour. Thanks to the adoption of the Volkswagen Group's lighter, stiffer MQB chassis, the car feels far more agile through bends you'll be able to attack with a little more gusto thanks to sharper steering and a standard XDS+ Electronic Differential Lock that reduces understeer and improves stability as you turn. Under the bonnet, most customers will want a TDI diesel: possibly the entry-level 1.6-litre 120PS unit but more likely one of the 2.0-litre TDI powerplants. I tried the 150PS unit, an engine capable of making 62mph from rest in 8.8s, yet still returning 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and 108g/km of CO2. If you want this kind of frugality with a bit more pace, then a 190PS version of this engine is also available and both these 2.0-litre TDI variants are offered with the extra-cost option of 4WD. Those Superb buyers in search of petrol power have the choice of a couple of 1.4-litre TSI derivatives at the foot of the range. These develop either 125 or 150PS, with the more powerful unit featuring clever ACT technology for more efficient returns. At the top of the line-up lie a couple of 2.0-litre TSI derivatives that come only with the DSG auto gearbox that's optional on other models. There's a 220PS 2WD version and a flagship 280PS 4WD model.

Value For Money

The 'executive car for medium range money' premise that has been so central to the Superb's success down the years holds firm with this third generation model. It doesn't really cost very much more than Skoda's next model down, the Octavia hatch, and with a pricing span starting at around £19,000, is costed directly against medium range Mondeo-class contenders, even though its size and space can rival or beat that of full-sized Executive class models like the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6. Most Skoda customers don't consider cars such as these as being direct rivals, though there is a potent 280PS petrol-powered 2.0-litre TSI Superb flagship model priced at around £35,000 for the few that do. Most versions of this car though, will be sold in the £20,000 to £25,000 bracket, with over 60% of customers in this country prefering the Estate bodystyle that's offered at a £1,200 model-for-model premium over the equivalent Hatch version. DSG automatic transmission is also a popular option, suiting as it does the character of this Skoda and offered at a £1,400 premium on most models.

Could I Live With One?

Skoda, as we all know, has changed out of all recognition over the last five years. And yes, the Superb is just as good as the other VW-inspired designs which have gone before it. Forget the 'surprising Skoda' rubbish. This is a great car. Full stop.

  • Heated windscreen
  • Rain sensor
  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function

  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, CBC, multi-collision brake (MKB) and Auto hold
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist

  • Textile floor mat set

  • Dynamic chassis control

  • CareConnect and Emergency Call
  • Bluetooth system
  • Voice control system

  • Front assist with pedestrian protection
  • Electromechanical power steering

  • Stop/start engine system and energy recovery

  • Driver fatigue sensor
  • Columbus HDD satellite 3D map navigation with 9.2" colour touch screen, web radio, integrated Wi-Fi, SmartLink+ with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with memory function
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Piano black inserts

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bolero radio with 8" touchscreen display
  • 2 USB ports
  • in-car voice enchancement
  • Canton sound system - 610W 10 channel digital amp with 12 speakers, 200W subwoofer, noise cancellation, digital equaliser and 3D surround sound

  • Chrome grille surround with chorme rib elements
  • Chrome strip between rear lights and lower strip on side doors
  • Chrome rear diffuser
  • Chrome window surround
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles

  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Full matrix LED headlights with AFS LED DRL integrated with headlight washer LED rear lights(High function), dynamic indicators and lighting animation
  • Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)

  • Electric auxiliary air heater
  • Tri zone climate control

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Virtual pedal for boot opening
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar
  • Ice scraper
  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • One umbrella compartments in driver door with one umbrella in drivers door
  • Removable parcel shelf
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment

  • Interior lights with control switches

  • LED package plus - Superb

  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning light
  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 7 airbags - Front, front side, curtain, driver's knee airbag with front passenger deactivation switch

  • Isofix child seat fittings on outer rear seats
  • Electrically adjustable front memory seats including lumbar support
  • Height adjustable front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front and rear seats Includes digital clock
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with SAFE system
  • Third remote key
  • Alarm with interior monitoring tilt sensor and back up horn
  • Keyless entry and start/stop

  • XDS+

  • CO2 (g/km): 140
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.035
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 245
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 251
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 162

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.7:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.8
  • CC: 1984

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 33.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 58.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 25.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 35.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 11.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 27E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Laurin + Klement
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 148
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: PROPUS AERO ANTHRACITE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/45 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2031
  • Height: 1459
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4869
  • Width: 1864
  • Wheelbase: 2841

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1460
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2123
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 625
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 663
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1760
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

  • Rear windscreen wiper: £0
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzles: £55

  • Wireless charging: £270

  • Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors): Included
  • Traffic sign recognition: £90
  • Area view: £435
  • Adaptive cruise control: Included
  • Park assist with area view 360 and trailer assist: £785
  • Lane change assist and blind spot detection: Included
  • Rear view parking camera: Included
  • Travel assist - virtual cockpit, traffic sign recognition, adaptive lane assist, predictive adaptive cruise control, traffic jam and emergency assist: £190
  • Travel assist - park assist, virtual cockpit, traffic sign recognition, adaptive lane assist, predictive ACC and traffic jam and emergency assist: £190

  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display: Included

  • Exclusive paint: £975
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Pearlescent paint: £595
  • Special paint: £595
  • Sunroof: £920

  • Sunblind for rear windscreen+rear side windows: £265
  • Black Alcantara headlining: £860
  • Sunblind for rear side windows: £185
  • Black cloth headlining: £90
  • Lounge step in rear footwell: £85
  • 1x USB Type C port in rear view mirror panel: £135
  • Boot net programme: £60
  • 2 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel: Included
  • 2 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shift: £100
  • Waste bin in door panel: £25

  • Smoker's pack - Superb: £35

  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Magnetic brown: £595
  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Business grey: £595
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Special paint - Candy white: £595
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £975

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £475

  • Rear backrest release from boot: £95
  • Massage functionality for drivers seat: £155
  • ISOFIX on front passenger seat: £50

  • Integrated tow bar with adapter: £820
  • Towbar preparation: £185

  • Perforated leather - Black: £0
  • Perforated leather - Brown: £0
  • Perforated leather - Beige: £0

  • 19" Trinity anthracite alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £690
  • 18" Propus aero anthracite alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 19" Vega aero anthracite alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £690
  • 19" Canopus alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £485
  • 19" Canopus black alloy wheels with anti theft bolts: £490
  • 18" Antares alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts and super ROWI tyres: £490

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Temporary spare wheel: £155

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