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Skoda SUPERB HATCHBACK 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr

Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
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Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr
Skoda SUPERB 1.4 TSI 150 SE 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG54.30
  • 0-62mph8.6 secs
  • Top Speed137 mph
  • C02119 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D24%

Review

Skoda's Superb features a smart suit, a slick chassis and strong engines in MK3 model guise. This time round, the weird twin-opening hatch is replaced by a more conventional rear aperture but there's still more space inside than in some London starter homes and the pricing remains sensible.

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The Skoda Superb seems a very complete product in third generation guise, looking sharp and tilting at some big names. It's well equipped too. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

If there's one thing that's defined the Skoda Superb, it's that every time it's been launched, the Czech company seems to think it'll enjoy greater success if it's pushed further upmarket. Given that the vast majority of Skoda's profits comes from small cars, that seems quite a leap of faith, but look at the way the market works and you'll start to see the logic. The Superb's rivals, amongst which you can count cars like the Ford Mondeo, the Vauxhall Insignia and the Mazda6, have done likewise. With each successive iteration they get bigger and more polished. To not follow would leave the Superb battling over some very meagre scraps. If you like the sound of a Skoda with real presence, you're probably going to love the MK3 model Superb. The exterior is a whole lot more assertive, with a clean, design-led approach. It's a sign of a more confident Skoda and that's always been a good sign when it comes to their products.

Driving Experience

Skoda's been dipping into the almost unlimited largesse of the Volkswagen Group to bring us some mouthwatering engine and gearbox combinations with this current Superb. There was a time when Skoda was just given the cast-offs, the engines that were in the final years of production, while Audi and VW got the shiny new technology. That's not the case any longer, with the Superb getting petrol engines like the excellent downsized 150PS 1.5 TSI unit and even a monster 2.0-litre TSI turbo with 272PS, four-wheel drive and a dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Go diesel and you're looking at a base 120PS 1.6 TDI powerplant or the usual 2.0 TDI with either 150 or 190PS outputs. Both of the 2.0 TDI engines are also available with all-wheel drive options. Adaptive dampers are an option and the adaptive drive mode can also adjust the weighting of the electrically-assisted steering. And most models come fitted as standard with DSG auto transmission. On the move, as ever in a Superb, the ride and refinement are exemplary. What's changed with this third generation design though, is this car's dynamic demeanour. Thanks to the adoption of the Volkswagen Group's lighter, stiffer MQB chassis, the car feels far more agile through bends you'll be able to attack with a little more gusto thanks to sharper steering and a standard XDS+ Electronic Differential Lock that reduces understeer and improves stability as you turn.

Design and Build

This third generation Superb is a larger car than its predecessor, but that's not the perspective you get from first glance. Somehow here, this Skoda looks more compact and agile than its predecessor and the previous model's boxy, forgettable shape has developed into a stylish silhouette that Chief Designer Jozef Kaban and his team evolved from their dynamic 'VisionC' concept car. Clean-cut lines, smoothly shaped surfaces and sharp edges have been integrated to create one of the most striking and elegant designs in the sector. It's quite a turnaround. After the bold exterior, the interior feels a bit safe in its aesthetics, but there can be few complaints about either quality or space. At 4,861mm long and 1,864mm wide, the third generation Superb is 28mm longer and 47mm wider than its predecessor, while the 2,841mm wheelbase is 80mm longer, allowing for greater space within the passenger compartment. Rear legroom is frankly ridiculous. It's vast in the back. The boot is 30-litres larger than before, at 625-litres, expanding to a cavernous 1,760-litres with the rear seat backs folded. If this still isn't big enough, you'll need to talk to your dealer about the estate version. Here, there's a 660-litre boot, expandable to an impressive 1,950-litres when the seats are folded.

Market and Model

Expect to pay from around £24,000 if you want your Superb in Hatch form - or around £25,000 if you want to order the car as an estate. Diesel power requires a premium of around £1,500 over the petrol alernative. As for trim, well even the base Superb S models get a decent run at the equipment list. Here you'll find alloy wheels, air conditioning, LED rear lights, DAB digital radio and a touchscreen infotainment system. A 'Multi-Collision brake' set-up triggers automatic brake intervention upon detection of a collision. The SE models start from around £23,500 and add 17-inch Helios alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors and cornering front fog lights. The SE's impressive specification also includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and SmartLink - a system that allows smartphone owners to show their phone's display on the car's infotainment screen. Sportline and Sportline Plus variants add a stiffer chassis, alcanatara sorts seats and an XDS differential lock for sharper handling. And if you step further up to the SE L Executive models, you'll find that they feature even more premium equipment, including Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS and LED daytime running lights, leather upholstery with heated seats and Columbus satellite navigation with 8-inch touchscreen. Then there are 18-inch Zenith alloy wheels, an electrically operated boot and Drive mode selection. The top Laurin & Klement model gets the options list fully emptied into it, with 18-inch Pegasus anthracite alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control, a 10-speaker CANTON sound system and piano black decorative inserts. That's on top of Blind spot detection, Lane assist, Park assist, the KESSY keyless entry and start system, a TV tuner and one of those boot opening systems where you wave your foot under a sensor to open the tailgate. This latter feature seems like a good idea in theory but we've yet to come across one that works when caked with road grime.

Cost of Ownership

Skoda has forged its modern-day reputation on building quality cars that aren't expensive to run. Here's another one. The new-generation MQB platform it's based upon makes this car up to 75kg - about the weight of an average adult - lighter than it was before and that, along with the Volkswagen Group's latest Euro6 engine technology, has led to improvements of up to 20% when it comes to efficiency. As a result, this Superb shouldn't really cost much more than its smaller Octavia stablemate to run. As before, there's an 'Energy Recovery' set-up to reclaim energy that would otherwise be lost under braking or during cruising. And the usual Start/stop system to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck at the lights or waiting in traffic. Plus the driver can do his or her bit by keeping an eye on the gearshift indicator on the dash. All these things of course aid the efficiency returns you'll get - which are very similar with the line-up's 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines. The 1.6 TDI Hatch manages up to 52.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 110g/km of CO2; for the 2.0 TDI 150PS model, the figures are up to 54.3mpg and up to 113g/km of CO2. For the 1.5 TSI petrol Hatch, the figures atre up to 45.6mpg and 122g/km.

Summary

The Skoda Superb looks the part, making it ever easier to convince those whose car views are at least a decade out of date that a Skoda deserves a place on your shortlist if you're in the market for a medium-ranger. Compared to a Mondeo or a Mazda6, a Superb represents a very different take on the theme. The Mazda is a pin-sharp drive, the Mondeo tries to blend size and sprightliness, but the Superb makes no real pretence at sportiness, instead offering a reassuring heft and vault-like build quality. Above all, the Superb delivers space, and that's a quality you can never really have too much of in this corner of the market. Why? Because it's the one attribute where more mainstream marques can really land a telling blow on the premium badges. A BMW 3 Series or a Jaguar XE is never going to be able to offer as much space inside as a Skoda Superb. It's just not remotely viable, so for those who need something cut from more generous cloth, give the Skoda the once over. It's slick, presentable and, yes, simply clever.

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Driver Convenience
8" touch screen
Front and rear parking sensors
Multi function trip computer
Adaptive cruise control
Apple car play/Android Auto
Bluetooth telephone connection
CareConnect and Emergency Call
Dynamic steering response (DSR)
Electro-mechanical PAS
External temperature gauge
Fatigue detection system
Front assistant collision mitigation
Mirror link
Remote fuel cap release
Service interval indicator
SmartLink plus
Speed warning indicator
Voice control system
Entertainment
Bolero radio with aux-in, USB and SD card reader
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Daytime running lights
LED rear lights
Light assistant (coming home/tunnel light)
Solid paint
Tinted glass
Aero wiper + intermittent function
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors and handles
Chrome plated radiator grille
Cornering front fog lights
Electric folding door mirrors with puddle lamps
Front and rear electric windows
Halogen headlights
Heated/electric door mirrors with integrated indicators
LED brake lights
Rain sensor
Interior Features
Adjustable lumbar support
Cloth upholstery
Driver's seat electric height adjustment
Dual zone air conditioning
12v power point in centre console
12V power point in luggage area
3 rear height adjustable headrests
3 Spoke leather multi function steering wheel
Auxiliary heater
Front armrest with storage box
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Height/tilt adjustable front headrests
Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
Isofix on 2nd row rear seats
Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
Luggage compartment lighting
Rear centre armrest with cupholders
Removable LED light in boot
Removable rear parcel shelf
Split folding rear seats
Sunglasses storage
Ticket holder
Wheels
17" Stratos alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Safety
3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
3 rear 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
ABS + EDL + ASR + MSR + ESC
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Curtain airbags
Door open warning
Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning light
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brake
HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Multi-Collision braking
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Rear door child safety locks
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Anti theft alarm with interior monitor and tilt sensor
Anti-theft wheel bolts
Immobiliser
Remote central locking with SAFE system
Technical
XDS electronic differential lock
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 119
NOx 0.029
Particles 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1395
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 74.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 80
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 54.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 62.8
EC Urban (mpg) 45.6
General
Badge Engine CC 1.4
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TSI 150
Coin Series SE
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 18E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 71
NCAP Safety Assist % 76
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.6
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 137
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 215/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style STRATOS
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1468
Length 4861
Wheelbase 2841
Width 1864
Width (including mirrors) 2031
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 66
Gross Vehicle Weight 1988
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1760
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 625
Max. Loading Weight 628
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 710
Minimum Kerbweight 1360
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.1

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Amundsen sat nav system with radio, MP3 player, Aux-in, USB, SD Card, Wifi and 8" touchscreen £765.00
Blind spot monitoring £365.00
Columbus colour 9.2" touch screen satellite navigation system, Radio/MP3/aux-in/USB, DVD, SD card and Wi-fi £1,610.00
Drive mode selector £105.00
Electric boot release £405.00
Lane change assist and blind spot monitor £860.00
Light assist + High beam assist £255.00
Media Command £90.00
Multifunction colour trip computer £90.00
Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors) £600.00
Premium WLAN £405.00
Rear view camera £355.00
Travel assist with traffic sign recognition £90.00
Entertainment
Additional USB connection £60.00
Canton sound system £610.00
Exterior Features
Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS + integrated headlight washers + LED daytime running lights £1,305.00
Electric slide and tilt sunroof £865.00
Exclusive paint £975.00
Heated washer nozzles £55.00
Heated windscreen £305.00
Manual folding towbar £775.00
Metallic paint £595.00
Pearlescent paint £595.00
Privacy glass £255.00
Rear wiper FOC
Smart light assist £960.00
Special solid paint £215.00
Interior Features
Backrest release £95.00
Boot net £60.00
Electric front seats including lumbar adjustment + memory + auto dimming door mirrors £1,010.00
Fold flat passenger seat £105.00
Front passenger seat adjustment operated from rear £80.00
Front/rear floor mats £85.00
Heated front and rear seats £405.00
Heated front seats £255.00
Heated steering wheel £140.00
Isofix attachment on front seat £50.00
Leather upholstery £1,360.00
Manual rear and rear side window sunblinds £255.00
Sunblind for rear side windows £180.00
Tri zone climate control £305.00
Virtual pedal for boot opening £560.00
Waste bin door pocket £25.00
Packs
LED rear pack - superb £155.00
Rough road pack - Superb £205.00
Smoker's pack £35.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Velvet red £975.00
Metallic - Brilliant silver £595.00
Metallic - Business grey £595.00
Metallic - Cappuccino beige £595.00
Metallic - Emerald Green £595.00
Metallic - Magnetic brown £595.00
Metallic - Moon white £595.00
Metallic - Petrol Blue £595.00
Metallic - Quartz grey £595.00
Pearl - Black magic £595.00
Solid - Energy blue FOC
Special solid - Candy white £215.00
Safety
Crew protection assist and rear side airbags £445.00
Hill hold control £105.00
Security
Keyless entry and start £405.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control £760.00
Trim
Cloth - Black with Grey trim FOC
Dark aluminium inserts £105.00
Leather - Black £1,360.00
Wheels
17" Triton alloy wheels with all season tyres £155.00
17" Triton alloy wheels with ROWL seal tyres £80.00
17" Zeus alloy wheels FOC
18" Modus alloy wheels £455.00
18" Pegasus alloy wheels £455.00
18" Zenith alloy wheels £455.00
Temporary spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated