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Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb has the overall body style of a sedan, but the innovative tailgate/boot lid turns it almost into a hatch.

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Exceptionally roomy and comfortable, the new Skoda Superb is a class leader in every respect. Few cars can match the leg room in the back seats, while the quality of the cabin is second to none. And all of this for mostly under 50k equates to superb value.

Boot space for the sedan is also cavernous. The volume of the luggage space is 565 litres with the seats upright. A twin door at the rear creates hatch-like ability to access the luggage in the boot space – the rear window can also flip up. Put the rear seats down flat, and the cargo area is simply massive.

There’s lots of choice with the engines, and there is also a range of leading edge DSG automatic transmissions. One of them especially designed for the 118 TSI is a seven speed gearbox

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You’ve heard about the Octavia, the Fabia and the Roomster, the new Skoda lineup that has done so much to revamp Skoda’s image. The new Skoda Superb makes it official: no more dumb Skoda jokes: tell them about Ladas and Trabants instead, especially the Trabants. The Skoda Superb is a luxurious new… well, it’s not quite a sedan and it’s not quite a hatchback either. But going by the overall body shape, it’s a sedan. A very nice sedan.

The reason why it’s hard to tell whether you should really classify the Skoda Superb as a sedan or a hatchback is the Twin Door boot access. You can just open the boot like you would in a regular sedan or saloon. But if you have a bigger load to pop in, or if you need more access (the worst-case example of this is when you’ve locked the keys in the car but fortunately still have the boot open and need to climb through), the whole back, window and all, opens up hatch-back style. And yes, the rear seats fold forward, like they do in all good hatchbacks, so you can put the long loads in… or crawl through to retrieve your keys from the ignition. This is a real innovation from Skoda that you won’t find on any other vehicle. And it’s up to you whether you call the Skoda Superb a five-door hatch or a four-door saloon.

The styling of the Skoda Superb seems to be the clincher: it’s a sedan. The styling is very smooth and elegant, with refined lines and an overall air of sophistication. And the front lights are shapely and purposeful – and they include Skoda’s shtick of featuring the model name within the headlight casing. Chrome highlights emphasise the sleek lines of the Skoda Superb sedan… hatchback… whatever! This luxury styling is continued with the interior, which is tastefully appointed, no matter which equipment level is selected – the Comfort, the Ambition or the Elegance level.

Another innovative feature in the Skoda Superb are the wing mirrors, which fold up automatically when the doors are locked – no more having your mirrors dinged by some clown in a car park who gets too close. Other electronic gadgetry in the Skoda Superb include the electrically adjustable driver’s seat with three memory settings, an LCD information display panel, a 12 V power outlet, a ten-speaker audio system, climatronic air conditioning and bi-xenon AFS headlights.

Some of the practical features in the Skoda Superb aren’t electronic. Take, for example, the umbrella holder in the door. This has clever drainage holes so you can put a wet brolly into it without getting nasty puddles all over the place. The passenger’s glove box is simply enormous, so you can fit all the CDs you want in there (and you’ll need to with the 6-disk CD stacker audio) and then a few more odds and ends.

The Skoda Superb’s on-road manners are very refined and won’t give you any rude surprises handling-wise. The ESP system incorporates ABS brakes, MSR engine drag moment control, anti-slip regulation and brake assist, with hill start control being available as an option. Should things turn to custard, the passive safety features are all in place, including up to nine airbags, which include front and side airbags for the front seats, side airbags for the rear and a knee airbag for the driver. The Skoda Superb earned the full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests, which is reassuring.

Engine and performance wise, the Skoda Superb has a decent selection on offer to suit your performance. Let’s start with the Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI. This 118kW/250Nm unit comes matched with a 7-speed direct-shift transmission and can do the 0–100 km sprint in 8.5 seconds. The engine that would be the unit of choice for those needing to do a little light off-roading or driving on gravel roads (or maybe a bit of towing) would be the Skoda Superb 4×4’s powerplant, which is a 3.6 litre petrol V6 with not just 191 kW of power and 350Nm of torque, but also a clever 4×4 system and clutch that makes sure that the torque goes to the right wheels at the right time. For those who prefer the economy and low-level torque curves of diesel (i.e. the torque peaks at low revs), there is the Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI, which, sure enough, delivers 350 Nm of torque in the 1750–2500 range, along with a maximum power of 125 kW.

If you’re looking for a new hatchback or a new sedan, the Skoda Superb is capable of fitting both bills with plenty of style. And that’s no joke.

The current model series includes the:

  • Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI
  • Skoda Superb 4×4 3.6 V6
  • Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI

For any more information on the Skoda Superb, or for that matter any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Skoda dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!

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