Czech firm's flagship saloon has been extensively updated, with hybrid version to follow next year
25 June 2019

The revised version of Skoda's flagship Superb is now available to order in the UK, with prices starting from £24,655 for the saloon and £25,975 for the estate version.

The updated model has launched with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, and in six trim levels. Entry-level S models, offered with a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine, feature LED front and rear lights, and a new infotainment system featuring voice control. 

SE trim adds features including 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Above that, SE Technology features leather upholstery, heated seats and integrated wi-fi. SE L includes 18in alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, full matrix LED headlights and an electrically operated boot.

SportLine Plus trim comes with 19in alloy wheels and black sports styling details, along with Alcantara upholstery and a three-spoke sport steering wheel. The range-topping Laurin & Klement trim features all of the kit from SE L, and adds 18in alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, heated front and reat seats, LED interior lighting, three-zone climate control, an upgraded navigation system and a Canton sound system, along with Skoda's Dynamic chassis control system.

UK pricing has yet to be set for the new plug-in hybrid powertrain, which will go on sale next year as the first electrified Skoda model.

The hybrid will be launched as the Superb iV in recognition of Skoda’s new sub-brand that will be used for its bold electrification plans

The Superb iV features a 154bhp, 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine mated to a 114bhp electric motor, which sends drive to the front wheels through a six-speed DSG transmission. The peak system output is 220bhp, with 295lb ft of torque.

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The car will be capable of completing 34 miles of pure electric running, identical to the similar Volkswagen Passat GTE. Skoda has yet to release performance figues, but insiders suggest they will closely match the Passat, hinting at a 0-62mph time of around 7.4sec for the saloon.

A battery pack is located under the floor and ahead of the rear axle, which means a slight reduction in boot capacity – 485 litres for the saloon and 510 litres for the estate, compared with 625 and 660 for the non-hybrid versions respectively.

Beyond the well-hidden charging port integrated into the front grille, there will be little to give away the PHEV's part-electric status. The infotainment system can display information on battery status and electric range and additional controls for the various powertrain modes. It will also be possible to programme the PHEV's air-con to cool the cabin before the car is needed.  

The existing Superb powertrains will be carried over for the facelifted model, with a new 2.0-litre 190bhp TSI unit added. The range-topper will continue to be a 280bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged version.

The redesigned Superb has gained a new-look grille, with added chrome trim between the LED rear lights. There is also a new front bumper, which stretches the length of the car by 8mm to 4869mm.

The car is the first Skoda to gain full LED matrix headlights as an option, and new driver assistance features include predictive cruise control.

Deliveries for the facelifted car begin in September. Skoda promises the PHEV will be highly competitive in its increasingly crowded part of the market, and is anticipated to constitute up to 20% of sales in the UK.  

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23 May 2019

Wasn't that replaced with the 1.5 several years ago?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

23 May 2019

So unless I've missed something, this is simply Skoda getting the Passat GTE's guts c. 4 years later. 

No innovation here, then - this doesn't move the EV game forwards at all.

All Skoda appear to be doing is embellishing their cars with loads of unwanted Audi-style blingy sh*t so they can hike the pricing. 

 

23 May 2019
XLR8 wrote:

So unless I've missed something, this is simply Skoda getting the Passat GTE's guts c. 4 years later. 

No innovation here, then - this doesn't move the EV game forwards at all.

All Skoda appear to be doing is embellishing their cars with loads of unwanted Audi-style blingy sh*t so they can hike the pricing. 

 

Skoda have certainly lost the value roots they used to have, I’m not sure really how they fit in the portfolio, I thought they were meant to be the value brand like Dacia, Seat sporty brand and VW the mainstream upper end of the market. 

We now have £40k plus Skodas, high second hand prices it seems that each marque is competing with each other in the portfolio. 

Nothing wrong with the Superb I’m sure it’s a good car - and preferable to the dull Passat, however again without checking I’m sure you can probably spec a £40k Octavia! 

23 May 2019
XLR8 wrote:

So unless I've missed something, this is simply Skoda getting the Passat GTE's guts c. 4 years later. 

No innovation here, then - this doesn't move the EV game forwards at all.

All Skoda appear to be doing is embellishing their cars with loads of unwanted Audi-style blingy sh*t so they can hike the pricing. 

 

Does look that way, diesel sales slowing as BIK rates climb ludicrously so shovel in the old tax dodger PHEV powertrain. Problem being as usual when you do it to a chassis not designed for it from scratch, you compromise it a fair bit.

23 May 2019

The Superb is the ultimate affordable saloon car, especially since the once more desirable octavia had those horrible split headlights added.

PHEVs are the way forward. It has the best of both worlds and keeps the hippies happy.

JMax

25 June 2019
JMax18 wrote:

The Superb is the ultimate affordable saloon car

Its not when a similar size Vauxhall Insignia starts at less than £20k and a 1.5 (165bhp) Techline Nav is only £23,305 on the road.

23 May 2019

all they need to do is update the steering wheel it looks so old and it is one of the things you see most!

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23 May 2019

Well of course the performance figures will closely match those of the Passat.  Why would the be any different? 

 

It just comes down to which badge is heavier.

25 June 2019

The new C class starts at £29k with a fair bit of tech, the 2nd level Superb (17 inch wheel etc) will probably be around £26.5k which is just to close for comfort.

As to a 1.6 petrol. where's that from?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

25 June 2019
xxxx wrote:

The new C class starts at £29k with a fair bit of tech, the 2nd level Superb (17 inch wheel etc) will probably be around £26.5k which is just to close for comfort.

As to a 1.6 petrol. where's that from?

Superb is way bigger than a C Class, it's really pitched as a value E Class or Audi A6, and there the price comparison works better.  There's not a lot you can buy for <£30k with that kind of rear leg room or boot space.

You'd only really buy a Superb if you needed the space though.

At the top end of the ranges though, it is now possible to sink serious money into a Skoda, which wouldn't be a wise investment.  They do seem to be competing with Volvo for the 'sensible' middle class buyers.  With options it's easy to spec a £26k Skoda Scala, which is just crazy.

A year-old Octavia SE Technology Estate for <£15k is all the family car most people need though, and still looks good value.  Let's hope the next-gen Octavia doesn't go too far upmarket.

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