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SKODA SUPERB ESTATE

1.5 TSI SE 5dr

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Skoda's largest model, the Superb, has always been particularly popular in cavernous estate guise. This revised version of the MK3 model smartens its proposition, as Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Skoda's Superb has always traded on being big. The standard hatch model's key showroom attribute has always been the astonishing levels of rear seat legroom it offers - plus its big boot. The car's always been the perfect starting point then, for the creation of a really huge estate model, something the Czech brand introduced with the second generation version and continues with here in this much improved MK3 model. This design uses the Volkswagen Group's hi-tech MQB platform, which allows it to be bigger, yet still lighter than its predecessor. Sure enough, there's a big 660-litre boot with the seats up and nearly 2,000-litres of space with the rear bench folded down. We're almost into large MPV territory here. Al this from a smart executive-style estate with no frumpy People Carrying connotations. As before, it's priced at the level of a Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia-style 'D-segment' estate, yet offers even more room than you could expect from a much pricier large Executive class station wagon - say a BMW 5 Series Touring or an Audi A6 Avant. In other words, there's plenty to like here.

Driving Experience

As you'd expect, this updated Superb Estate has been fitted out with the latest suite of Volkswagen Group engines and these are all mated to DSG auto transmission, demand for manual gearboxes in cars of this size having petered out somewhat. The petrol range kicks off with a 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit. Next up is a revised version of the 2.0-litre TSI powerplant with 190PS; and the top petrol powerplant is a 2.0-litre TSI engine developing 272PS, which comes with all-wheel drive as standard. In the diesel line-up, the starting point is a 122PS version of the usual 2.0 TDI unit. Next up is a heavily revised 2.0-litre 150PS diesel unit now badged 'TDI EVO'. Beyond that is the 2.0 TDI 190PS unit, which can optionally be ordered with all-wheel drive. You can also now have a Superb iV plug-in hybrid model, powered by a 1.4 TSI petrol engine that delivers 156PS and is boosted by an 85kW electric motor. The combined maximum power output of the two power sources is 218PS - which promises to deliver exceptional performance along with significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. On the move, as ever in a Superb, the ride and refinement are exemplary and the dynamic demeanour of the car is sharper than you might expect, thanks to its light, stiff MQB chassis. As a result, the car feels surprisingly agile through bends you'll be able to attack with reasonable gusto thanks to feelsome steering and a standard XDS+ Electronic Differential Lock that reduces understeer and improves stability as you turn.

Design and Build

Visual changes to this revised version of Skoda's third generation Superb Estate are relatively slight; you'll need to be a brand enthusiast to note the smarter, narrower full-LED headlamps and tail lights, plus the restyled bumpers and revised badging. The front grille now bears double slats, is larger and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim strip, which connects the full LED tail lights and the new 'SKODA' block lettering, might catch the eye, as might the smarter 18 and 19-inch wheel designs. You'd probably never use the word 'stylish' in describing this car, but the overall looks are certainly handsome in a slightly Germanic way. Inside, if you owned an earlier version of this MK3 model, you might notice this revised car's extra chrome highlighting, the revised seat covers and the extra decorative trims for the centre console and dashboard. Added 'Simply Clever' touches include a space organiser beneath the boot floor. And a 'Phone Box' system that allows for inductive handset charging. A fully digital 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument display screen is now optional too, replacing ther usual dials. As ever with a Superb, space for rear seat passengers is class-leading thanks to this MK3 model's lengthy 2,841mm wheelbase. Boot space is enormously large, 660-litres on offer with the seats up and a staggering 1950-litres available when the rear bench is folded down. Not even a huge Mercedes E-Class estate can beat that. Not only is luggage area spacious: it's also a very useful shape. There's a low load lip for the wide tailgate that stretches almost the entire width of the car. And a boot with very little intrusion from the rear wheels and suspension.

Market and Model

Potential Superb Estate buyers will not be short of choice. You're looking at having to find a premium of £1,320 if you want this station wagon bodystyle rather than the standard five-door hatch model. That means price ranging in the £26,000 to £42,000 bracket through four familiar trim grades; 'SE', 'SE L', 'SportLine Plus' and 'Laurin & Klement'. Plus DSG auto transmission is now standard across the line-up. As before, all models in the range feature high levels of standard equipment, with every variant including full-LED front and rear lights, along with seven airbags, a touchscreen infotainment system with DAB, voice control and Skoda's 'SmartLink+' set-up for 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone connectivity. The most popular variants are the 'SE' models which come with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and electrically folding door mirrors with boarding spot lighting. In terms of driver assistance, 'SE' models come equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, Light assistant and Driver fatigue sensor as standard. Business customers opting for the 'SE Technology' derivatives benefit from leather upholstery and heated front seats, Light Assist with high beam control, Blind Spot Detection and the brand's 'Amundsen' infotainment system with touchscreen display and integrated Wi-Fi. 'SE Technology' models are also equipped with Drive Mode selection allowing you to tweak throttle, steering and gearchange feel to suit the way you want to drive.

Cost of Ownership

Skoda has forged its modern-day reputation on building quality cars that aren't expensive to run. Here's another one. 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 WLTP efficiency returns you'll get. The 2.0 TDI 122PS Estate manages up to 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 131g/km of CO2; for the 2.0 TDI 150PS version, the figures are little different - 56.5mpg and 132g/km. For the 190PS model, the figures are up to 48.7mpg and up to 153g/km of CO2. For the 2.0 TSI 190PS petrol Estate, the figures are up to 38.2mpg and 168g/km. If you really want to drive down your running costs ,it's worth asking your dealer about the Superb iV plug-in hybrid model, powered by a 1.4 TSI petrol engine that delivers 156PS and is boosted by an 85kW electric motor. This offers CO2 emissions of up to 33g/km, along with an all-electric, zero-emission range of up to 35 miles thanks an integrated 13kWh battery.

Summary

There are lots of SUVs and MPVs to tempt family car buyers at the moment but there's life in the traditional estate car yet. Skoda's improved Superb Estate might not be the trendiest option your family could choose but its luggage-carrying potential is vast and the rest of the package stacks up very well too. This third generation Superb is well provided for in technology, efficiency and style and in 4x4 guise really would make a more sensible alternative to a much smaller but similarly-priced compact SUV. So there you have it. If you've £28,000 to £40,000 to spend on something spacious but not too frumpy, you'd probably quite like one of these. Your Czech mate? Quite possibly.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency52.30mpg
Emissions
Emissions141.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed132mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bluetooth system
  • CareConnect and Emergency Call
  • Driver fatigue sensor
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • Front assist with pedestrian protection
  • Smartlink+ including apple carplay, android auto and mirror link connectivity
  • Stop/start engine system and energy recovery
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports
  • Bolero radio with 8" touchscreen display
  • DAB Digital radio
  • in-car voice enchancement
  • SD card slot

Exterior Features

  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome grille surround with chorme rib elements
  • Chrome window surround
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Electrically folding door mirrors with illuminated boarding spots
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear windscreen wiper
  • Silver roof rails

Interior Features

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Electric auxiliary air heater
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Height adjustable driver/front passenger seats
  • Height adjustable front and rear head restraints
  • Ice scraper
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Interior lights with control switches
  • Isofix child seat fittings on outer rear seats
  • Manual lumbar support
  • One umbrella compartments in driver door with one umbrella in drivers door
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Removable LED light in boot
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar

Safety

  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 7 airbags - Front, front side, curtain, driver's knee airbag with front passenger deactivation switch
  • Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning light
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, CBC, multi-collision brake (MKB) and Auto hold
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Alarm with interior monitoring tilt sensor and back up horn
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with SAFE system

Technical

  • XDS+

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    120
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.027
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    122
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    194
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    140

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1498
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    85.9
  • 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
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    64.2
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    42.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    45.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    SE
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    17E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    2
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • 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)
    9.2
  • 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
    132

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

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
    1477
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4862
  • Wheelbase
    2841
  • Width
    1864
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2031

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2049
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1950
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    660
  • Max. Loading Weight
    642
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    740
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1407
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.1
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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