What is it?
This is the facelifted version of the third-generation Skoda Superb: the large, hugely practical and comfortable barge championed by airport taxi drivers and sales executives up and down the country.
While that might sound like some sort of snide generalisation, it’s not really, because according to Skoda’s European figures, fleet customers accounted for 82% of Superb sales in 2018. The updates introduced as part of this mid-life refresh are intended to shift that bias even further towards business buyers.
So, what are they? Well, in typical mid-life refresh fashion, the car’s looks haven’t been changed too much. There’s a lightly redesigned front end that incorporates a new foglight and running light design (and also extends the car’s length by 8mm), more chrome, a slightly altered grille and 'Skoda' lettering across the boot lid instead of the classic roundel. The interior has been refreshed along similar lines, with additional chrome and a new digital instrument display being the most noticeable features.
The four-strong engine line-up has been rejigged, while new 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol and 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel units are set to join later this year. The Superb iV plug-in hybrid - Skoda’s first ever electrified model - will make it to the UK in 2020, while the rugged Superb Scout - a lifted, more off-road-friendly version of the estate car - has been introduced in markets other than ours. It's a smart-looking thing, so it's a shame we won't be getting it.
There are six trim levels to choose from, with prices ranging from £24,655 to £40,695, and four-wheel-drive is still available with the most powerful 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.
Elsewhere, though, it’s business as usual for the Superb. It remains on the same MQB platform, is still suspended by MacPherson struts and a multi-link arrangement at the rear and is still available in both liftback and estate bodystyles.