First DriveSkoda’s economy-minded flagship is cavernous and top-value, but isn’t as fluent-riding as the rest of the range
First DriveGreenline requires little compromise for such low running costs
What is it?
The closest thing to an automatic version of Skoda’s new Mondeo rival, featuring VW Group’s familiar DSG transmission.
The 138bhp 2.0-litre version of the Superb is only available with the older six-speed DSG ‘box, with the latest seven-speeder only available with the less torquey 1.8-litre petrol engine.
What’s it like?
The Superb is a superbly comfortable cruiser, and its natural ability is enhanced by the DSG gearbox.
Any concerns that the gearbox might not suit the soft-riding Skoda vanish in the face of near-seamless gearchanges when left in the ‘auto’ mode that most drivers will spend most of their time in.
Of course, DSG also brings a ‘manual’ function, with the gearshift lever moved to a separate channel to allow the driver to take control of ratio selection.
It continues to work well, although as with all DSG systems its possible to confuse the system slightly by requesting multiple gearchanges in quick succession.
The diesel engine suits the Superb’s laid-back dynamic nature well, and although its no road burner, it’s more than rapid enough to make quick, comfortable progress – indeed, its good enough to raise some questions as to whether the 168bhp version of the same motor is worthy of its sizeable supplement.
Our one gripe is that the 2.0 TDI Superb only delivers 41.9mpg on the combined cycle compared to the manual version’s official 47.9mpg: more of a deficit than we’d expect with DSG.
Should I buy one?
The DSG-equipped Superb is an excellent bet for those seeking smooth, effortless progress. The fuel economy penalty is a bit disappointing, but for those looking for a self-shifting Superb, this is the one to go for.