Skoda has a car that lives up to its name

Undated Handout Photo. Subtle changes have brought the Superb into line with its siblings. See PA Feature MOTORING Motoring Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Motoring Column.
Undated Handout Photo. Subtle changes have brought the Superb into line with its siblings. See PA Feature MOTORING Motoring Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Motoring Column.

Building on the successful formula of space, refinement and generous levels of standard equipment, Skoda’s latest generation Superb packs all the familiar qualities that’s already convinced so many to sign on the dotted line.

Improvements to the Superb might not be immediately obvious, however Skoda has focused on the things that matter: cleaning up the engine range, sharpening up the car’s looks to mirror that of the Rapid and latest Octavia, adding some welcome extra kit.

Although the cosmetic changes are subtle, out has gone the slightly generic Skoda design, replaced by a more sculptured look fore and aft. Inside the car’s cabin it is largely business as usual. Detailed trim and material changes have done a good job of ensuring the Superb’s cabin remains a plush environment.

With four models to choose from, the act of making a choice is no longer a simple one as there’s a generous spread of standard kit even on the lower-spec models now. Furthermore, this ensures the car remains competitive in the crowded company car market when value for money is a key driving force in purchasing decisions.

With alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth, electric windows and mirrors, chilled glovebox and seven airbags forming part of the Superb’s core standard kit list, even the entry-level S model is hard to ignore. SE models gain larger alloy wheels, a touchscreen audio screen and a greater choice of audio inputs, rear parking sensors plus a host of detailed trim accents.

Skoda’s generosity also extends to its engine range, insomuch as greater efficiencies should mean you pay less at the pumps and to the taxman. Some models benefit from cuts to CO2 emissions as high as 19%, while Skoda boasts that every model delivers more miles per gallon and emits less at the tailpipe.

Buyers can choose from three petrol and three diesel engines, plus manual and DSG gearboxes depending on the particular model. Unusually in this sector there’s also the option of all-wheel drive on selected variants,adding a welcome all-weather dimension .

With diesel power the mainstay of the range, the choice ranges from a 1.6-litre 105 horsepower unit to a 2.0-litre unit in 140 and 170 horsepower guise. Petrol fans can choose between 1.4 and 1.8-litre units offering 125 and 160 horsepower respectively, plus a 3.6-litre V6 producing 260 horsepower.