Superb Estate SportLine 2.0 TDI 190PS 4X4 DSG
a genuine first choice
buyers not just after value-for-money
but also for those who want a
stylishly swish estate car; Skoda is
definitely the go-to brand...
ESTATE CARS, despite the ongoing attempts by crossovers and SUVs to
muscle in on their territory, remain a number one choice for many drivers. Skoda's
Superb can be had in either a saloon or estate body and it's the estate that
we've been driving for the past week. And Yes, with it's sharp lifestyle looks
it's as smart as any wagon from the likes of Mercedes and BMW.
These days, paying substantially more for a prestige badge on your estate's
nose might buy you some extra bragging rights but it won't necessarily get you
any more space, any more kit or any more practicality than you'll get with a
Superb estate. As it happens, the Skoda offers plenty of all three and
often more of them for less money.
Looks-wise, the crisply-styled SportLine sits the blacktop with a reassuring
can-do stance, fronted by the brand's hallmark ribbed grille and capped by a
clamshell bonnet; sharp crease lines along the lithe flanks complement flat-cut
wheelarches filled by standout black 19-inch alloy wheels. At the tail, wraparound
LED rear lamps meld seamlessly with a sloping tailgate. Whatever angle you view
it from, the refreshingly minimalist lines make the Superb estate a handsomely
who prefer plenty of horses under their bonnet to help out with family duties
will no doubt be quick to place the 187bhp (190PS) 2.0-litre turbodiesel-powered
version high on their wish lists (for the record, available power outputs range
from 120 all the way to 280PS). The 190PS version reviewed here also comes with
a sporty double-clutch DSG autobox and all-wheel drive along with Drive Select
that offers five driving modes.
plenty of horses under
their bonnet to help out
with family duties
will no doubt be quick
to place the 187bhp
high on their
As you'd expect, 187bhp should ensure plenty of poke on demand and it
does: top speed is 142mph and it leaps off the line to clock 60mph is a persuasive
7.4 seconds. And you can thank the muscular 295lb ft of torque (and, of course,
the on-demand all-wheel drive) for the grippy 'point-and-squirt' acceleration
whenever you need it.
The SportLine's cabin is a cut-above, with an upscale ambiance enhanced by oodles
of space including a fist of headroom, plenty of shoulder and elbow room and
masses of legroom (taller front passengers can really stretch out); the dash,
with carbon-effect inserts and tasteful chrome detailing (a welcome change to
the premium satin chrome that's become a tad overused) is cleanly laid out and
very user-friendly, while the well-bolstered dark grey Alcantara with silver
diamond stitching sports-style heated seats are as comfy and supportive as they
look. Long seat bases provide good under-knee and thigh support, while the bolstering
both to the backrest and the seat base is spot-on.
And it doesn't end there for the driver, who additionally benefits from powered
seat adjustment and electrically-adjustable lumbar support with a three-memory
seat/mirror recall plus a tactile flat-bottomed perforated leather-wrapped 'super
sport' steering wheel (also with silver diamond stitching matching the seats)
with easily accessible paddle-shifters on the horizontal spokes and comprehensive
The result is an A1 driving position boosted by first-rate visibility from behind
the wheel. Another much appreciated 'plus' point are roomy footwells and an
ally pedal set and breathing space for booted feet; height-adjustable belts
add to the 'comfort' fit.
of the fascia is a 9.2-inch touchscreen display; helped by direct menu jump
buttons around the screen, it's a sweetie to use for both navigation and infotainment.
Graphics too are very user-friendly, being crisp and clear with full postcode
destination input. As you'd expect, there's also those essential SD slots, USB
and Aux-in connections along with integrated WiFi plus straightforward smartphone
connectivity (via MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).
of the fascia is a 9.2-inch
helped by direct menu
jump buttons around the
display, its a sweetie
to use for both navigation
The Superb's efficient dual-zone climate system's controls are foolproof, the
electric parking brake comes with a handy auto-hold function (that helpfully
engages automatically whenever the ignition is switched off). Keyless entry,
locking and start is also standard-fit. And to counter the unpredictable British
weather, you'll find an umbrella stored in each front door!
Smart-looking über-clear dials are defined by grey outer bands and bright white
needles, separated by the crisp and sharp graphics on the multifunction driver's
display that shows comprehensive trip data, navigation prompts and, most importantly,
a digital speed readout.
In-cabin storage for all that personal 'stuff' we tend to lug around is as generous
as the seating for five, with triple cupholders in the wide central console
plus an open bin ahead of a height-adjustable padded armrest big enough to share
and that itself tops a long, large and cooled storage box, a 'bed' at the base
of the centre stack for your smartphone (it also houses 12v power, Aux and USB
sockets), capacious real-world bottle-holding door bins, a roomy lined-lit-damped
(and also cooled) glovebox, and yet another big storage box out-of-sight under
the front passenger seat.
Other sought-after cabin fittings include an Engine Start button, powered one-shot
up/down windows, automatic drive-away door locking, and on-demand powerfolding
heated door mirrors (auto on locking and leaving) with memory function. More
nice touches include a rear wash-wipe that cleans the rear parking camera lens
at the same time it does the back screen and Skoda's Care Connect for emergency
breakdown and SOS calls.
equipment obviously includes the automatically on demand 4WD system plus seven
airbags (including one for the driver's knees), all-round park assist ([both
visual and audible), Bi-xenon headlights with an adaptive front light system
and LED daytime running lights, electronic stability control, Front Assist with
auto braking backed up by a post-collision braking system, speed limiter, 'follow-to-a-stop'
Adaptive Cruise Control, headlight washers, LED rear lights, and a five-star
Euro NCAP safety rating.
rear cabin is airy
and an inviting place to
chill while still affording
a VIP degree of privacy
dark-tinted glass from
the B-pillars back.
And while twos
company in the back
of a Superb,
never a crowd!
4.8 metres from nose to tail the Superb estate's large back doors make for easy
entry to the rear passenger compartment. Sink back into either of the large,
supportive seats either side of the big, padded centre armrest (with built-in
cupholders) and matching outer armrests and you'll be amazed at the amount of
space on offer.
The backrests are tilted at a very comfortable angle, there's a fist of air
between the crown of your head and the roof, plus masses of limo-like foot-room
and legroom; six-footers can stretch their legs even if the driver or front
passenger is as tall as they are.
With plenty of storage and rear air vents with temperature control, the airy
rear cabin is an inviting place to chill while still affording a VIP degree
of privacy courtesy of dark-tinted glass from the B-pillars back. While two's
definitely convivial company in the back of a Superb, three's never a crowd!
The USP for estates is their dual-use versatility in the Superb's case
that means either carrying five people in comfort with a generous 660 litres
for their luggage or switching to full-on cargo mode by dropping the 60:40-split
back seats to create a huge 1,950-litre loadbay with a seamless and flat floor
and a low load-height that beats not only its in-sector rivals but also cars
from the class above. Reassuring to know that if you're ever locked out of your
home, you could always spend the night in this Skoda estate!
A powered 'fifth door' is another desirable feature and the Superb's tailgate
can be opened from the driver's seat or via the key fob; auto-closing is speedy
and triggered either by touching the tailgate button or using the fob.
where a car's boot light is situated is not where you need some illumination
no problem; along with two fixed lights you'll find a self-charging removable
LED flashlight holstered on the side boot panel. Adding to the Superb's load-lugging
flexibility is its large load-through hatch.
53.3mpg in the Combined
in real-life we
recorded a healthy
impressive given that we
were making good use of
the power and handling
as well as carrying full
loads of cargo).
The average Superb
owner is likely to better
our test results,
especially if they choose
to select the
Eco drive setting...
The two-stage roller luggage blind works smoothly and there are four sturdy
pop-out bag hooks for the weekly shop along with some especially useful repositionable
'stays' with Velcro-covered bases to keep individual stand-alone items from
sliding. Finally, even if you're travelling with all the seats occupied, you
can always tow as much as a braked 2,200kg.
Superb line-up offers a range of petrol and diesel powerplants starting at 123bhp
and topping out with a full-house 280bhp. Six and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG
gearboxes are available along with a six-speed manual. Mated to a six-speed
DSG auto, the 187bhp/295lb ft turbodiesel under the 4x4 SportLine's bonnet doesn't
need much pressure from your right foot to trigger surging acceleration.
A wide band of peak torque supplies plenty of va-va-voom, served up effortlessly
on congested blacktop and with satisfying fluency when pressing on along challenging
A- and B-roads. Keen drivers, located snugly in the sports-style seat, will
enjoy being in the driving seat even more when taking charge of the shift points
via the wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.
Officially the 142mph SportLine manages 53.3mpg in the Combined Cycle; in real-life
press-on driving we recorded a healthy 44.4mpg (particularly impressive given
that we were making good use of the power and handling as well as carrying full
loads of cargo). No doubt that the average Superb owner is likely to better
our test results, especially if they choose to select the Eco driving setting
other choices are a cushioning Comfort mode, a satisfyingly keen and
responsive Sport (further enhanced by the optional £750 Dynamic Chassis Control)
along with driver-programmable Individual meaning there's something exactly
right for whatever driving style you're into.
Given that it can find itself performing with from one to five people and/or
a full load of cargo, the Superb needs to handle predictably and confidently
in every eventuality and it does. Backed up by the four-wheel drive you
can press on in safety whatever and whoever is aboard. The accurate steering
gives enough feedback for the driver to place it without a second thought in
every situation from wind-blown motorways to breezing down back lanes and superstore
full or empty, the Superb gets down the road pretty smartly with strong grip
making sure not a drop of its 295lb ft of torque is wasted. And when the weather
turns dark, be it windy, wet or ice and snow, the Superb just stays calm and
Superb estate is one of those rare cars that you can get into for the
very first time and drive it as hard and as fast as you must without
any second thoughts point the nose and the rest follows faithfully,
staying true to your chosen line...
Superb estate is one of those rare cars that you can get into for the very first
time and drive it as hard and as fast as you must without any second thoughts
point the nose and the rest follows faithfully, staying true to your
Given their range of possible tasks, many estates tend to have stiffer suspension
and a firmer ride than you'd ultimately like, particularly when running lightly
laden. The Superb's ace in the hole is that however light or heavy the payload,
the ride remains both supple and comfortable. All of which makes it a fine long-distance
express not that you'll hear any grumbling from your front or rear passengers
even around the houses or covering urban blacktop.
In kit-rich SportLine spec the handsome and roomy multipurpose Superb wagon
not only gives you plenty of real estate for your money, but it's also fast,
grippy and enjoyable to drive. A superb estate! ~ MotorBar
Skoda Superb Estate SportLine 2.0 TDI 190PS 4X4 DSG
Maximum speed: 142mph | 0-60mph: 7.4 seconds | Test Average: 44.4mpg
Power: 187bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2: 139g/km