Skoda Superb Combi – Review

In more recent years, Skoda have completely upped their game. In the 1990’s, Volkswagen acquired Skoda. Now, we begin to see more and more Skodas on the road. Don’t knock the Skoda brand, after all it shares a lot with Volkswagen. But, is that all the Superb is? A glorified Passat?

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A Few Facts:
Model Tested: Skoda Superb Combi Style
Engine: 2.0 TDI diesel – 150hp and 340Nm
Transmission: 6 Speed automatic (DSG), Front Wheel Drive
Price: The Superb range starts from €26,995. The Combi starts from €28,195. As tested – €42,777, including options. 

Styling

The Superb is a long, elegant looking car. It measures at 4.8m in length and almost 1.9m wide. Packed into DSC_0050this ginormous car are lots of curves and angular edges giving the Superb a pleasant look about it.

The Combi may even be prettier than the saloon. The design team in Skoda have been able to incorporate the saloons angular features nicely into the bum of the Combi.

Interior

The interior of the Style trim is very executive. The seats are black alcantara on black leather throughout. DSC_0065These are electronically controlled forward and back, up or down and the lower back bolster can be adjusted to suit the driver. This flexibility gives these seats a very comfy feel about them.

The whole interior is nicely laid out and doesn’t feel busy. DSC_0060Its a very calm. Let me explain, a minimal amount of buttons have been used on the dash and infotainment system. There is a touch screen that controls the radio, media, sat nav and the vehicle’s settings. It is all very easy to use. The audio system I was blown away by, literally. The quality of the sound was great even though my phone took a little longer than some other systems to connect.

The rear is even more generous for space. Passengers have tons of leg and head room making any journey pleasant.DSC_0061 The mood lighting feature works well in the rear anytime of day thanks to the tinted windows. Users can choose from Green, Blue or a warm White, but is really Orange.

Practicality/Boot Space

Its apparent from the outside that the Superb Combi is a sizable estate. This translates well to the interior in terms of practicality. The boot space is a vast 660l and 1950l with the seats down.DSC_0058

Storage is plentiful throughout the cabin. The glove box and centre armrest storage bin are both cooled, just enough to keep drinks from getting too warm. Each door has storage space in it and the boot has bag hooks also.

On The Road

I found myself acting as a chauffeur anytime I drove the car, even without passengers. I calmly wafted about my journey. I would even go as far as to say that the Superb Combi is elegant to drive.DSC_0071 Combined with the nicely laid out interior and the comfortable ride, the Superb is a good drive. Although the 6 speed DSG doesn’t have the smoothest gear changes. Especially when taking off from the lights when the stop/stop is turned on. It kicks you as you take off or if you put your foot down and automatically changes gears. My test car had optional paddle shifts but I didn’t think it suited the car.

I did find that there was quite a lot of tyre noise coming through to the cabin despite Skoda’s best efforts to block it out.

Running Costs

The Superbi Combi emits 118g/km of CO2 which translates to €200 per year to tax. I averaged 6.2l/100km throughout my week in the Combi. This was a mix of both city and motorway miles.

Pricing

The Combi range starts from €28,195. The Style trim pricing starts from €35,550. The test car I had fitted with some options is priced at €42,777. 

Competition

Toyota Avensis estate – Toyota is renowned for reliability and it has quite a following in Ireland. Although the styling is quite bland and boring.

Volkswagen Passat estate – A more “upmarket” Superb Combi. The Superb is just that little bit more exclusive.

Opel Insignia Tourer – Receiving a face lift in 2013, the Tourer has nice lines and looks quite fresh. Although the boot isn’t as big as the Superb’s.

Conclusion

None of it’s competition compares to the Superb Combi. If you need space and class, look no further. A game changer it might not be but I would be surprised if you were let down by the Superb Combi experience.

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