Skoda Superb Hatch 2.0 TDI SE Business 150 ps review
What is it?
You’re looking at the new shape, new generation Skoda Superb, a car with serious potential to transform Skoda’s fortunes within the UK business car sector.
The outgoing Superb, a big, quirky car with a famously vast rear seat area, had its fans (and yes, a lot going for it).
But Skoda has significantly upped the ante with this new iteration of the Superb, bringing its flagship more into the mainstream with its sleek, modernist design, higher spec, even more generous levels of space and with this specific, corporate-friendly SE Business edition on top.
Tick this box (as opposed to the other S, SE SE L and Laurin & Klement new Superb grades) and Skoda gives you the choice of two EU6 compliant diesel engines (1.6, 120 ps and this 2.0 with 150ps), plus the availability of DSG transmission. With this SE Business trim level, the idea is to bring extra kit (including Amundsen sat nav and Alcantara trim) at no extra cost for company drivers thus making it an even more competitive deal in the fleet sector.
Ahead of its upcoming UK introduction thus autumn, we had an early taster of this new gen Superb flagship in Italy. First impressions suggest Skoda had come up with a highly competitive new package….
- The visuals. Skoda has completely re-imagined the Superb, ditching the former oddball look for a sleek and sharp new design that looks genuinely dynamic and up-to-the-minute on the road.
- Longer, wider and higher than the outgoing Superb, so even more space inside. Rear legroom, a stand out feature of the retiring Superb, extends eye poppingly even further…
- Boot space? It’s also 30 litres bigger, extending to a cavernous 1760 litres with rear seats folded.
- Spun off the VW group’s latest MQB platform, the new Superb is up to 75 kgs lighter than its predecessor and 13% stiffer, Skoda says. Skoda also claiming up to 20% improvement in performance gains with consumption/C02 emissions also cut by up to 30%.
- To drive, the new Superb is impressively quiet, comfortable and refined. The 2.0-litre TDI is also hushed and torquey. The 6-speed manual shift is smooth, accurate. Optional DSG with paddleshift is also very slick.
- Competitive performance/economy/emission numbers: 0-62 mph in 8.8 secs coupled with 68.9 mpg and 108 g/km.
- It’s a big car, yet well balanced, grippy and accurate on the road. Drive mode adaptive suspension also gives you the choice of Eco, Sport or Normal driving profiles.
- Unusually high levels of standard kit. 17-inch Helios alloy wheels, dual zone air conditioning, lumbar support, cornering front fog lights, Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise control all standard with SE grade.
- SE Business adds upmarket Alcantara upholstery, front and rear parking sensors and sunset glass post B-pillar, at no extra cost.
- Amundsen touchscreen sat nav with 6-5-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth phone integration and SmartLink also standard with SE Business.
- Some nice left-field Skoda design touches carry over, such as the umbrellas mounted in the doors, which add to the car’s character.
- Electric tailgate with ‘gesture control’ and pre-programmable height control further features of the new Superb’s novel make up
- High level of safety and assistance systems, including Multi-Collision Brake which automatically applies the brakes on detection of a collision, fitted as standard.
- New Superb steering is accurate and well geared but some over centre vagueness takes the edge off driver enjoyment.
- The new model’s Adaptive suspension (DCC) could be better tuned. Ride/handling too soft in Eco mode. Not a huge perceptible difference between Normal and Sport.
- Badge snobs might still need some convincing about a car called “Superb’
Verdict on the Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 PS
Skoda has hit the ground running with this new generation Superb. As an all-up package, considering design, comfort, refinement, space, quality, practicality, performance and economy, it ticks all those boxes. It is a major step up on the outgoing Superb and a car that will take Skoda to a new place in the market.
We’re looking here at the 2.0 TDI SE Business edition as this is perhaps representative of the new Superbs from the business point of view. With a P11D of £22,035, it is genuinely a lot of car for the money: well specced, good to drive and a car that’s already tipped to have strong residuals, according to the CAP Gold book.
If you like driving, you’d perhaps wish for a sharper edge to the steering over a quick A-road, but day-to-day, as a motorway muncher, the solid, efficient and impressive Skoda Superb is going to acquit itself well. So well in fact that, in time, the likes of VW and Audi might start looking over their shoulders…
With a new Superb Estate also in the wings, Skoda is set to become a new force in the business D-sector. As you might have gathered, the new Skoda Superb has all the credentials for success.
The Low Down on the Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 PS
|Doors and body style||4 door hatchback|
|Engine/gearbox:||2.0 4 cyl turbodiesel/6 speed manual|
|Power/torque:||150 PS/340 Nm|
…and what it costs
|Monthly business rental (ex VAT)||From £xxx (3yrs/30,000 miles)|
|Road tax (VED)||Band B|
|Company Car Tax Bands 2015/16 to 2018/19||19%/18%/20%|
|Benefit in kind 2015/16 to 2018/19||£4187/£3966/£4407|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (20%)||£840/£70|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (40%)||£1680/£140|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (20%)||£837/£69.75|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (40%)||£1675/£139.58|
|Figures correct at time of posting|
|For latest figures||Use our company car tax calculator|