Superb SportLine Estate 2.0 TDI 190PS 4x4 DSG
as everybody knows,
share their gene pool with VWs and
Audis. But they also stand strongly
on their own merits. And one model
in particular, the Superb SportLine
Estate, exudes easily as much style
as a BMW Touring...
IN FACT, THE SUPERB really does live up to its name. Wearing its estate suit
of clothes, the Superb can face-off against lifestyle load-luggers from the
likes of BMW, VW and Mercedes-Benz.
Not only has it got them beaten on space, but on price too. Once upon a time
cost wasn't a major decider in the buying equation especially if you
wanted a smart-looker with prestige badge bragging rights. Buyers expected to
pay for it; and they jolly well did! However, now it's down to like-for-like,
it's price that, more often than not, gets the casting vote.
Since its launch, the Superb has hoovered up a cluster of awards from informed
judges who recognise a car's abilities and who aren't swayed by a fancy badge.
Not that this latest Superb estate isn't good enough to wear the 'right' insignia
truthfully, if all the badging was removed, on first sight you'd bet
your shirt the Superb Estate came from a thoroughbred stable.
Seen from the front the Superb is wide and purposeful, the trademark ribbed
Skoda grille finished in gloss black and capped by a clamshell bonnet defined
by sharp crease lines.
estate guise the
Superb is totally attuned
to the moment;
its the right car at the
right time a time when
family drivers are
deserting MPVs and
people carriers for not
just trendier image-
enhancing SUVs but also
for large estate cars.
And preferably those
offering the must-have
The flat-cut wheelarches house eye-catching black 19-inch alloy wheels that
key with the gloss black door mirrors, gloss black glasshouse surround, gloss
black roof rails and gloss black roof spoiler.
Long flanks follow the body crease that extends from the bonnet all the way
back to the rear shoulders to meet up with the wraparound LED rear lamps and
the sloping tailgate.
Finished in white, the Superb estate is lithe and handsome; cool-looking and
sporty, its SportLine treatment is perfectly judged with not a hint of overkill.
In estate guise the Superb is totally attuned to the moment; it's the right
car at the right time a time when family drivers are deserting MPVs and
people carriers for not just trendier image-enhancing SUVs but also for large
estate cars. And preferably those offering the 'must-have' all-wheel drive.
We've been driving the 187bhp (190PS) 2.0-litre turbodiesel-powered version
in Skoda's newest Superb trim SportLine with the sporty double-clutch
DSG autobox and four-wheel drive. Price-wise that puts it at £35,540
not far short of the flagship Laurin & Klement model's £36K.
As the 'Sport' part of its name implies, the SportLine is locked and cocked
when it comes to performance top speed is 142mph and it fires off the
blocks to pass 62mph in a deceptively quick 7.7 seconds. But then it does have
187bhp under the bonnet plus a muscular 295lb ft of torque and a six-speed dual-clutch
auto along with a Sports chassis.
Where the Superb Estate really cleans up is with its dual-use versatility, especially
its humungous luggage and load capacities. Despite which you won't be needing
to hog all the road the estate measures 4.8 metres long and 1.86 metres
wide; a civil footprint that avoids the resentment full-size SUVs sometimes
SportLine cabin is welcoming with an upmarket air matched by plenty of space
including a fist of headroom; the dash is ergonomic and user-friendly, while
the superb black Alcantara-upholstered and well-bolstered sports-style heated
seats with silver diamond stitching are as good to sit in as they look and that
for the driver additionally guarantees first-rate visibility in all directions.
driver also gets some extra TLC in the form of powered seat adjustment (with
a three-memory recall) and electrically-adjustable lumbar support. And he, or
she, doesn't just get any old leather-wrapped steering wheel but a 'supersport'
one with silver stitching and a flat-bottomed perforated leather rim, paddle-shifters
on the horizontal spokes and comprehensive multifunction controls.
the Sport part of its
name implies, the
SportLine is locked and
cocked when it comes to
speed is 142mph and it
fires off the blocks
to pass 62mph in
a deceptively quick 7.7
But then it does have
187bhp under the
bonnet plus a muscular
295lb ft of torque and a
6-speed dual-clutch auto
along with a Sports chassis...
The large (8-inch) central touchscreen has crisp, clear graphics and it's a
doddle to navigate through the infotainment, connectivity and navigational menus
(hardwired shortcut menu buttons around the screen save wear and tear on your
You'll be pleased to know that it also comes with integrated Wi-Fi (and includes
2xSD cards, USB / Aux-in connections, and DVD player). Plus there's SmartLink
connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Dials are attractive trad-style, enhanced by grey outer bands and bright white
needles, while sharp figures and graphics on the multifunction driver's display
between the speedo and rev-counter show a variety of trip data, navigation prompts,
and digital speed.
Other nice touches include dual-zone climate controls with straightforward 'set
and forget' functionality; carbon-effect door and dash inserts with LED ambient
cabin lighting (you can select from a ten-colour palette) and an abundance of
tactile trim surfaces; a foolproof electric parking brake with an especially
useful auto-hold function; and oh-so-convenient keyless start, entry and locking.
Naturally all four windows are electric one-shot up/down items plus there's
also drive-away auto door locking, heated powerfold door mirrors (they also
autopark on locking and leaving and feature external boarding spots so you can
see clearly where you're stepping in the dark), a large, long cooled storage
bin under the height-adjustable centre armrest (in addition to the cooled glovebox),
and plenty of bins and cubby-holes for all that 21st century 'pocket lint' that
a 'connected' generation really can't be without.
for the UK's uniquely unpredictable weather, an umbrella compartment in each
front door including a brace of umbrellas!
features obviously include the 4WD system plus there's also seven airbags (including
two that run the length of the cabin at window level plus one to protect the
driver's knees), height-adjustable front belts, Bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive
Front Lighting, LED daytime running lights, parking sensors, an electronic stability
control system, Front Assist with auto braking as well as a post-collision braking
system, 'follow-to-a-stop' Adaptive Cruise Control, and a five-star Euro NCAP
doors provide effortless entry and exit to the rear cabin, which is where the
Superb scores BIG there's an amazing amount of space for back seat passengers.
Relaxed backrest angles, hat-friendly headroom and masses of legroom allow six-footers
to whoop it up even if their twin happens to be doing the driving.
rear cabin is where
the Superb scores BIG
theres an amazing
amount of space for back
Relaxed backrest angles,
and masses of legroom
allow six-footers to
whoop it up, even if their
twin happens to be doing
Three adults side-by-side
is as sociable as
Facebook; two can
luxuriate in their own
worlds either side of the
Rear privacy glass affords protection from prying eyes but it's nevertheless
feels pleasantly airy sitting in the Superb's back seats. Three adults side-by-side
is as sociable as Facebook; two can luxuriate in their own worlds either side
of the large, well-padded armrest (cupholders included!).
If you need some extra income then you could always rent out the Superb Estate's
boot it's definitely big enough to sleep in. With 660 litres for luggage,
it trumps not just its rivals but cars from the class above. But it doesn't
end there fold down the 60:40-split rear seats and you could almost get
lost in the cavernous 1,950-litre loadbay. If that's not enough, it will tow
a braked 2,200kg.
Extra versatility is on hand in the shape of a large load-through hatch, while
a thoughtful touch is the removable LED flashlight holstered on the boot's nearside
inner wall that charges automatically when the engine's running.
The Superb line-up offers a variety of petrol and diesel engines ranging from
123bhp all the way up to 280bhp. There's also a tax-beating GreenLine version
with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. Gearbox choices are between a six-speed manual
or six/seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmissions.
187bhp/295lb ft diesel in the 4x4 SportLine has a usefully wide peak torque
band and it doesn't take much of a shove with your right foot to spark the performance.
Mated to the DSG auto it's satisfying to drive with, not surprisingly, plenty
of 'go'; the shifts are smooth when driving in congested traffic and fluently
fast when hoofing it. Drivers who believe 'being in the driving seat' means
being in full control will enjoy commandeering the wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.
Adding to the driving experience is that whatever your driving style you'll
always be comfortable and snugly-located in the sports seat.
Brexit is finally done and dusted, motorists may finally get what they deserve:
more realism in 'official' figures. On paper (or more accurately, in the EU
labs), the SportLine delivers 55.4mpg in the Combined Cycle. In the real-world
our week's average, in poor weather conditions with a lot of demanding country
road driving, saw a very worthwhile 44.6mpg. Most owners with 187bhp-performance,
an autobox and all-wheel drive would be happy with that and in all likelihood
could squeeze out even more miles from every gallon.
choice of driving modes from Eco to Sport and Individual ensure there's something
totally appropriate for every driving mood or road. The steering is light and
accurate and with enough feel to let you place the SportLine confidently.
rocket-ship performance is not likely to be the number one priority for most
Superb Estate owners. However, while the SportLine may not be a full-blown vRS,
it goes pretty damn quickly when given its head. So, when you're in need of
a smile, the 187bhp and all-weather traction make it easy to dial one up in
managed, especially for
an estate car, and the
only thing you need to
know about the
SportLine and corners is
that you point the nose
and the rest follows
faithfully, holding your
line cleanly through...
In the organised chaos that is the week before Christmas, driving the Superb
was utterly reassuring we knew that whatever the weather threw down we'd
get to our destination. In fact, even the heavy rain and near-freezing fog didn't
put a dent in our peace of mind because the all-wheel drive traction just kept
is well managed, especially for an estate, and the only thing you need to know
about the SportLine and corners is that you point the nose and the rest follows
faithfully, holding your line cleanly through.
The icing on the handling cake is the Superb's supple and comfortable ride.
Even running on a sports chassis it really is good, and combined with the refined
cabin ambiance and superbly supportive Alcantara seats, even the longest trips
in the most trying conditions are a ride in the park.
In kit-rich SportLine spec the handsome and über-spacious Superb wagon not only
gives you plenty of real estate for your money, but it's also fast with 4x4
grip, enjoyable to drive, and pleasant to live with. Definitely one for a long-term
relationship! ~ MotorBar
Skoda Superb SportLine Estate 2.0 TDI 190PS 4x4 DSG
Maximum speed: 142mph | 0-62mph: 7.7 seconds | Test Average: 44.6mpg
Power: 187bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2: 135g/km