What is it?
The third-generation Skoda Superb in Estate form. It’s an all-new version of the Czech manufacturer’s flagship car which aims to offer improved comfort and refinement and lower running costs than its predecessor.
Immediately apparent is the new Superb’s sleeker design. Taking inspiration from the firm's VisionC concept car, it features a large honeycomb grille and more aggressive-looking headlights, which, along with the radiator, are positioned closer to the road compared with the previous model.
The new Superb adopts the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and is up to 75kg lighter than the outgoing model, despite having grown 23mm longer and 47mm wider and having an 80mm longer wheelbase in this estate guise.
Skoda has armed the Superb with seven engine options - four petrols and three diesels - from launch. With the exception of the 123bhp 1.4 TSI motor, every engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The engines range in power output from the entry-level 118bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel unit up to the range-topping 276bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol that replaces the outgoing model’s 3.6-litre normally aspirated V6 as the flagship petrol engine.
Five trim levels are available on the Superb: S, SE, SE Business, SE L Executive and the flagship Laurin & Klement. We’re testing the 118bhp 1.6 TDI SE variant mated to a six-speed manual transmission.