Skoda has completely overhauled its flagship model, the Superb. This large executive car takes on upmarket German rivals from BMW and Audi, with all the space and luxury buyers could want, while significantly undercutting competitors on the forecourt.

Featuring styling clearly inspired by the new Octavia, the Superb boasts sharper lines than before, along with more interior and boot space than any of its rivals, courtesy of wheels that are now located 80mm further away than before. Skoda claims that the rear seats offer nearly twice as much legroom as its closest competitor, meaning that even the tallest of rear passengers should be able to get comfortable. The size of the boot has also jumped by around five per cent from the previous Superb.



Luxury kit appearing on the new model is set to include three-zone climate control for the first time, allowing those in driver, passenger and rear seats to set different cabin temperatures, while a panoramic glass roof will be on the options list. While the old Superb included one umbrella in the rear left door, the new car comes with umbrellas mounted within both front doors and as an option owners can open the boot by waving their foot underneath the rear bumper. Other handy features include a tablet holder in the rear, a tablet storage compartment in the front armrest and room for 1.5 litre bottles in all four doors. The passenger seat can also be folded flat for added practicality, while a high-end sound system and even internet access are available.

As for the technical side, the car’s weight has been slashed by up to 75kg, boosting economy and performance and the most emission-conscious model, the GreenLine, is capable of claimed fuel economy of 76.4mpg and CO2 emissions low enough to warrant free car tax. Power levels have also boosted. The engine range includes diesels offering from 118bhp to 187bhp while petrols start at 123bhp and rise to 276bhp. All models bar the entry-level petrol are available with slick dual-clutch automatic gearboxes, while four engines are available in conjunction with four-wheel drive.

The new Superb should be launched in June with the first UK customers receiving their cars in September.

Picture: Skoda

Chris Lloyd


February 18, 2015