Skoda Suberb L&K – Review

Forget about a well specced Audi A4/A6 or BMW 3/5 Series, the Skoda Super L&K will do just the job.

A Few Facts:
Model Tested: Skoda Superb Laurin & Klement
Engine: 2.0 diesel – 150hp and 340Nm
Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic (DSG), Front Wheel Drive
Price: The Superb range starts from €26,995. As tested – €43,105.

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Styling

You would be an extremely observant person to be able point out the L&K from a regular Superb from the outside. DSC_0033My test car was finished in Candy White and had 19 inch multi spoke alloy wheels. The Superb is based on the Volkswagen Passat but it looks much longer.
The Superb hatchback has nice lines thanks to its slopping roof line.

Interior

This is the L&Ks party piece. The large saloon has brown leather comfort seats. DSC_0041Although they hug you in all the right places.
The brown leather is continued up onto the dash giving it a nice-to-touch feel. Skoda haven’t cut costs and have made the effort to colour the plastic on the door card end brown too. It is a comfortable DSC_0043place to be and would be somewhere where I would be happy to spend a long amount of time.

Rear passengers can be thankful for the amount of leg room. I had passengers in both the new Mercedes E-Class and the Superb in the same day. DSC_0038They each said that they felt more comfortable in the back of the Superb. The seats are comfier and the leg room is a lot more generous.


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Practicality

Whether it’s long motor way miles or the school run you are doing, the Superb is perfect. DSC_0040The rear doors open wide enough for ease of access for baby seats to be slotted into the Isofix points. The seats fold flat so is perfect for any load. The boot space with the seats up is 625 litres and with them folded flat it is increased to 1,760 litres.DSC_0039

The L&K benefits from an electronically operated boot. This can be done with the touch of a button or by waving your foot under the bumper. This is handy if you have your hands full with shopping bags.

On The Road

When you are driving the Superb, you know you are driving something quite large, you are maneuvering a 4.8m saloon. Around country lanes it keeps you on your toes as it is not the skinniest of vehicles.

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The car can be powered by 4 different engines, 2 petrol or 2 diesels. The test car I had was the 150hp 2.0TDI with a 6 speed DSG gearbox. It can be set to sport, eco, comfort or individual. DSC_0044Eco mode is quite clever as it lowers the revs to idle when you are not accelerating. Although, eco is quite slow off the mark, especially at traffic lights. The gear change in any mode other than Sport is very slow and jerky. Volkswagen has a good reputation for its DSG gearbox but the 6-speed doesn’t work very well in the Superb.

Running Costs

The 2.0TDI 150hp emits 118g/Km of CO2 so is €200 to tax per year. I averaged 6.5l/100Km with a mix of motorway and city driving. Skoda is being a bit brave claiming drivers can get an average of 5.4l/100Km.

Competition

Ford Mondeo Vignale – Well equipped, looks good but too expensive.

Audi A4 – Packed with technology and very comfortable. Although options are quite expensive.

Pricing

The Superb range is priced from €26,995 with the L&K starting from €40,105 for the saloon and €41,310 for the Combi (estate).

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Conclusion

The Superb L&K offers oodles of comfort and looks great. Although, it is still just a 2.0TDI under the bonnet and just a VW Passat underneath so is underwhelming to drive. This is not what the Superb was made for the though. It offers such luxury at a budget price. Well done Skoda, you did good.