Smooth-shifting DSG suits relaxed cruiser, but fuel economy suffers

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.

Ian Tonkin

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dervdave 26 September 2008

Re: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 140 DSG

Saw one in the metal yesterday, it looked really very smart but Skoda !!! ?

I`ve told myself VW but no good, Skoda !!! ?

Can`t help it, just too deep seated, pity

mrspock 25 September 2008

Re: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 140 DSG

Yes we do they are called the bentley continental gt and flying spur

I rather think the flying spur is not as good looking as this skoda especially in black.

I find it illogical that you find current Bentleys handsome in any way. Unless your talking about the Arnage but thats a british car not a glorified VW.

ThwartedEfforts 25 September 2008

Re: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 140 DSG

mrspock wrote:

Nice car though. They are a very imposing looking car on the road , almost Bentley like.

They must have some strange looking Bentleys on Vulcan, Mr Spock - ones that look like a 1990s Laguna conjoined with a water retentive Fabia.

This is not a handsome car. Though as someone said in an earlier thread, an estate version could make it into something a lot more special.