Revealed: fourth Generation Skoda Superb
By the time a car gets into its fourth generation it’s a safe bet the manufacturer knows how to get the best out of the line-up. You get new technology, new designs, improved safety and practicality, and the experience that comes from a couple of decades of constant refinement. That’s all clearly on show in the brand-new Skoda Superb that will be available to lease soon.
The Superb has been the flagship in Skoda’s range for more than 20 years and the new model is set to continue that role, offering even more refinement, a new sculptural design, a brilliantly practical and spacious interior, and the latest technology.
Skoda is offering the fourth-generation Superb in two body styles: hatchback and estate. Both versions are now longer and taller than their predecessors to create even more interior space in the cabin and luggage compartments. The new design has also improved the aerodynamics to help make them as fuel efficient as possible too.
The front of the all-new Superb is defined by the new octagonal Skoda grille, the Skoda logo on the bonnet and the front apron’s trim strips featuring a Unique Dark Chrome finish to match the tailgate lettering. The new models will be available in six metallic and two solid colours when they launch in the UK, and will sit on alloy wheels as standard, ranging from the silver 17-inch rims to optional 19-inch wheels.
The new Superb also comes with optional second-generation LED Matrix beam headlights, which are standard on the range-topping L&K trim level. The rear lights have also been upgraded and are also available in two versions. The optional top version, which again comes as standard for the L&K, adds dynamic turn signals and an animated Coming/Leaving Home function to the standard version.
The upgraded interior now features a free-standing infotainment display and a new centre console. The 10-inch central multi-touch display is part of the standard infotainment system and features DAB+ radio reception as well as gesture and voice control.
The navigation function and 13-inch screen are available as an optional package. A 10-inch Virtual Cockpit also comes as standard, while an optional head-up display is available for the first time on the Superb. The permanent internet connection also allows for over-the-air updates of the infotainment system.
Other new features include a Phone Box with inductive 15-watt fast charging and simultaneous smartphone cooling, as well as back-friendly Ergo seats with 10 pneumatically controlled massage cushions.
The Superb also adopts the new Skoda range structure for increased choice.
There are three trim-levels - Essence, Selection, and the range-topping Laurin & Klement – and each one offers a selection of designs with various upholstery finishes so you can really personalise your car. You can also choose from up to 13 themed option packages and 15 individual options.
The extensive range choice also applies under the bonnet with six modern and highly efficient powertrains for the all-new Superb with outputs ranging from 150bhp to 265bhp.
Opening the line-up is the 1.5 TSI petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology for improved efficiency. Two further petrol engine options – both 2.0-litre – up the power to either 204bhp or 265bhp with the latter also offering all-wheel drive. There are also two diesel options to choose from. Again, both use a 2.0-litre engine generating 150bhp and 193bhp, and again, the more powerful version comes with all-wheel drive as standard. All of the engines are connected to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and there’s also an optional Dynamic Chassis Control offering faster responses and a range of suspension settings from luxurious comfort to pronounced dynamic ability.
As well as the latest-generation petrol and diesel engines, the new Skoda Superb is also available with a plug-in hybrid option, although this is only available on the estate version at the moment.
Based on the 1.5 TSI petrol engine it delivers a total output of 204bhp and comes with a 6-speed DSG gearbox. With a capacity of 25.7 kWh, the new high-voltage battery enables an all-electric range of more than 62 miles. Charging at a DC fast charging station takes just 25 minutes to charge the battery from 10% to 80%. The infotainment system for the Superb Estate iV also allows you to locate charging stations and will also support Plug & Charge features in the future.
The UK is actually Skoda’s third largest market for the outgoing Superb model with more than 50,000 of them on our roads. When the new version launches that trend is only likely to continue with its unique blend of luxury, space, and excellent value.
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