Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Estate review
What is it?
THIS is what Skoda is predicting to be the best-selling diesel Superb, in what is expected to be the more popular bodystyle – the estate!
- Like the Skoda Superb hatch, the Skoda Superb estate shows Skoda’s bolder new design direction for the brand, which we welcome. This time round though, the estate’s design looks more balanced than before. The rear screen is more steeply raked, plus that gentle curve to the roofline and the wraparound rear lights are more Audi Avant than Skoda and all the better for it. Our favourite parts of the design are the clamshell-like bonnet, which forms the sharp beltline down the side. There’s also a complicated lower cut out down the side. Although sadly not fitted to our SE test car, we’d recommend the optional signature headlights with their crystal detailing to further make this big Skoda stand out.
- Now based on VW’s clever MQB structure which underpins group cars such as the Golf and A3, like the new Superb hatch, the estate is also 28mm longer, 47mm wider, 6mm taller and has an 80mm longer wheelbase. Rear legroom is the same, but that’s much more than the Mondeo and Passat rivals. Still, if the fact there’s no more legroom in the Skoda disappoints, you can console yourself that there’s 69mm more elbow room and 25mm more headroom.
- It may look more stylish than the old Superb estate, but with 660 litres of bootspace, according to Skoda it is now the class best. This can be extended to an amazing 1,950-litres with the rear seat folded.
- Torquey and powerful best describe this 148bhp version of the proven 2.0-litre TDI engine. It is well-matched to the standard six-speed manual transmission too.
- This 2.0-litre TDI offers impressive 109g/km emissions and 68.9mpg fuel economy, which means this Skoda falls into the 19% company car tax band for 2015/16.
- Not as agile or quite as involving as the Ford Mondeo, but the Superb SE on standard suspension and 17-inch alloys is more refined than the Ford and is still a tidy handler.
- SE is the mid-spec Superb, but is still well-equipped with dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control and SmartLink control for your Apple or Android phone.
- There are also nice standard features such as the power tail gate and the two umbrellas in the front doors.