From £17,075
4x4 drivetrain adds a new level of interest to the talented Superb range

Our Verdict

Skoda Superb 2008-2015
Does German quality and Czech pricing equal a great deal?

The Skoda Superb offers German quality and Czech pricing, but does that add up to a great deal?

What is it?

This is the Skoda Superb SE 2.0 TDI 170 4x4, another four-wheel-drive Skoda. But unlike its Octavia sibling this is the first time the Superb has been available with four-wheel drive.

It’s the same system as in the Skoda Octavia – Haldex’s fourth-gen system as used by Audi – and it distributes power and torque to the front and rear axles, but not to individual wheels at the rear.

It’s available with either the 3.6-litre V6, the 1.8 TSI petrol or the 2.0-litre common-rail diesel.

What’s it like?

In a word, it’s stable. The Superb’s a big car and tends to major on comfort over all-out dynamics, but add the 4x4 system and it becomes a whole lot more capable. We tried it on ice and on frozen roads in Sweden, and it wouldn’t put a tyre wrong on the road, unless you really poked the throttle.

The V6 is smooth and yes, you can drift it (on ice). It’s not the sort of behaviour that the car was built for, but it’s controllable and fun. The 1.8 is not quite gutsy enough to motivate the Superb to the same level as the diesel, which is the most suitable engine, but it’s beautifully quiet and refined, with a surprising amount of torque (184lb ft) from just 1500rpm.

As in the Octavia, the transmission is fluid and seamless in its transfer of power from front to rear, which suits the Superb’s fuss-free character.

Should I buy one?

You’ll pay a £1425 premium for four-wheel drive with the common-rail diesel and, rationally, you probably don’t need it. But it definitely adds a new level of ability to the Superb.

Dan Stevens

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27 January 2009

Would love to have another go in one of these, simply brilliant!

27 January 2009

Refreshingly different looks, and quietly capable. Anybody know if this 4 x 4 version will be available with the DSG box?

28 January 2009

Very appealing car and one of the best value mid-sized saloons in the market.

Just a shame that it is likely to be appealing to many mini cab drivers too.

28 January 2009

So its basically an Audi Allroad but better equipped and like for like half the price and without the stigma - and the downside is?...........

31 January 2009

Wish V would bring this car over to the US. We already have the 3.6 v6 in the Passat, My brother in law had the 3.6 4motion Passat and it was a fast car, but I like the size and looks (outside and inside) of the Superb better. 99.9% of the American public would not know that this was a Skoda.

31 January 2009

Cheers from a czech patriot, a friend of many cab drivers in superbs :-). Wait for superb combi, that might be the looker of the range and very practical too. The only problem with superb is, that it's difficult to keep up conversation with the rear-seat occupants, as they are quite far away :-).

31 January 2009

[quote kalic]

Cheers from a czech patriot, a friend of many cab drivers in superbs :-). Wait for superb combi, that might be the looker of the range and very practical too. The only problem with superb is, that it's difficult to keep up conversation with the rear-seat occupants, as they are quite far away :-).

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You can always use your mobile phone to have a conversation with them, if they are too far away.

Only kidding; there is nothing more idiotic and dangerous than using a mobile while driving (except perhaps drink/drug driving).

Kalic, just out of interest, how much would a brand new car like this cost in Czech Republic right now?

11 July 2013

Perhaps the bigger question is why bloggers for Autocar don't actually research their pieces? BMW have been saying that a range-extender version of the i3 (the REx) is in development and actually refer to it directly on the i3 Concept Coupe webpage
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