Superb SE L Executive 2.0 TSI 280PS 4x4 DSG
not true, that clichéd saying
about any publicity being good
publicity. Some of the most powerful
people in the world go to great
lengths to avoid publicity,
to drive a car than can blend into
BUT DISCREET DOESN'T have to mean dreary take one of Skoda's
quickest Q-cars, the 280PS Superb 4x4 DSG, a car that blends the desired degree
of discretion with the ability to outpace any pursuing paparazzi, and which
has subtlety in spades.
Crucially, it's also got the power necessary to evade the prying press as well
as all-wheel drive so there'll be no slip-ups with fast getaways. It also comes
with a smooth-shifting, twin-clutch automatic transmission so its publicity-shy
driver can get the power down with no show and just go.
its sharply-creased bonnet lurks a high-performance turbocharged 2.0-litre engine
that kicks out 276bhp solidly backed up by a wide band of torque (258lb ft between
1,700 and 5,600rpm) that's laid down through a permanent four-wheel drive system
via a quick-shifting dual clutch autobox.
one has no
option but to blow-off
flooring the accelerator
will see it leap off
the line and slingshot
past the 62mph marker
in just 5.8 seconds.
Most pursuers will have
given up long before
the Superb reaches its
155mph top speed...
The Superb is defined by what it is not; so no attention-seeking brazen exhausts,
no showy alloys, no pumped-up wheelarches, and absolutely no bling. In truth,
the only real hint as to what lies beneath are the trapezoid-shaped tailpipes,
one at each back corner. But despite having the ability to blend in, the Superb's
metal 'suit' is actually as well cut as something tailored in Savile Row.
And on those tiresome occasions when one has no option but to blow-off uninvited
hangers-on, well then, the driver can let simply slip the leash make
no mistake, this Superb is downright quick; flooring the accelerator will see
it leap off the line and slingshot past the 62mph marker in a catch-me-if-you-can
5.8 seconds. Most pursuers won't and will have given up long before the Superb
reaches its 155mph top speed.
Left to its own devices the autobox keeps things smooth, the 276bhp engine quiet
and perfectly content to pootle around in a totally sedate manner, especially
if the driving mode is slotted into its Normal setting, taking the frustration
out of progressing though even the most syrupy stop-start traffic.
But asked to perform, the Superb's not at all shy about voicing its war-cry
as the rev-happy four-pot goes to work and the needle spins round the
rev-counter, you'll be sure to hear its hardcore growl.
Worked enthusiastically, the strong bottom-end 'grunt' is good-to-go from around
a low 1,500rpm and it doesn't slack off at it bulls into the midrange.
Neither do higher revs curb its press-on eagerness to romp to the redline.
when you know it can hit the benchmark 62mph in under six seconds, it's still
something of a surprise every time you stamp your right foot and physically
feel just how quickly the Superb lunges forward. The real buzz is not just the
sheer ease with which it stampedes away, but that it does so in all weathers
and on all roads and all without any boy-racer-ish tyre-scrabbling, fish-tailing
or fluffed gearchanges.
Just a resolute push in the back with the nose going exactly where you point
it. In fact it's quite likely that publicity-shy owners won't wait for the excuse
of seeing the paparazzi in the frameless autodimming rearview mirror before
putting the pedal to the metal.
maximum driving pleasure tap the Drive Mode switch and select Sport; doing so
instantaneously speeds up the DSG's shift action, sharpens accelerator sensitivity,
and weights-up the power steering alternatively you can pick-and-mix
dynamic characteristics from the Individual menu to create a fully personalised
real buzz is not just
the sheer ease with
which it stampedes
away, but that it does so
in all weathers and on all
roads and all without
any boy-racer-ish tyre-
scrabbling, fishtailing or
Just a resolute push in
the back with the nose
going exactly where you
The fourth pre-configured setting is Eco but even that doesn't seriously dampen
the driving pleasure. So whatever the road or traffic conditions, there's always
a perfect match available.
More good news this large go-faster hatchback does the twisty stuff as
competently as it runs arrow true on the straight bits.
The best part is coming out four-wheel grip and a decently direct helm
ensures clean, predictable breakouts from tight bends. In a nutshell, it's fully
at ease with its point-and-squirt power, and can be 'hustled' with the best
of 'em. Being dynamically well-balanced hasn't hurt the ride one jot and when
you've got it in its family-friendly mode this sporting hatch is a comfortable
all-roads car and a superior, mile-eating motorway cruiser.
On today's cluttered roads, big effortlessly fast family cars such as the Superb
make perfect dual-use machines which is an integral part of their appeal.
The Superb's cabin is extremely welcoming with fit and finish that wouldn't
disgrace a Mercedes. And masses of space. Large, pleated and heated, leather
chairs offer a well-judged mix of comfortable and sporty; holding you for press-on
Sport-mode driving and keeping you relaxed you the rest of the time.
The cabin truly is spacious, both front and rear. Those sitting in the front
chairs enjoy plenty of headroom with more and to spare for their shoulders and
legs; the driver gets a well-angled left-foot rest and the footwells are big
enough for those wearing outdoor boots. Even the headrests are nicely padded
plus there's loads of room for elbows both on the central, height-adjustable
armrest as well as the long outer ones on the doors. And should your front passenger
need to stretch really stretch there's all the room they'll need
without cramping the person seated behind them.
the driver the good news continues with a great-to-grip, satin black leather-rimmed
multifunction sports steering wheel and a power-adjustable seat with memory
function and lumbar adjustment. Both front seats, incidentally, have three-stage
if you don't like to be spotted, that doesn't mean you want to be off the grid.
Importantly, the Superb makes it easy to stay connected whilst on the move with
SmartLink with integrated WiFi via tethering and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
providing an interface between the infotainment system and your smartphone.
standard is Bluetooth, a SIM and two SD card slots, a DVD drive, and USB and
Aux ports. Wireless phone charging is a useful option and lets you turn your
Superb into a mobile WiFi hotspot as well as connect multiple devices to the
spy movies someone
usually has to be
smuggled in or out of
somewhere in a car boot
for that the Superb
would be their first
choice because at 625
No dirty hands opening
it either as the bootlid
is powered just use
the key fob or dash
For more everyday stuff you get idiot-proof menus along with a driver info display
between the crystal clear dials that keeps you informed about fuel range, navigation
(supplementary graphic prompts), and road speed (a sharp white-on-black digital
readout). The parking brake is electric with an auto hold function to make it
even easier in traffic.
Paddle-shifters on the wheel's horizontal spokes make driver intervention a
doddle if you like to pick and choose your gear-change points. Another big 'plus'
is voice control for operating the navigation, media, and phone.
Organised people will appreciate the numerous storage solutions lon,
lined door bins (that each hold a 1.5-litre bottle), a big chilled box below
the centre front armrest, decent-size glovebox (also cooled), handy drop-down
'coin' box in the fascia to the right of the steering wheel, overhead glasses
storage compartment, and an out-of-sight storage locker built into the base
of the front passenger seat.
Apart from the equipment already mentioned, there's also Drive Mode Selection,
leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, Sunset glass, electrically-adjustable
heated and folding door mirrors with memory function, one-shot power windows,
autodimming rearview mirror, DAB digital radio, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing
wipers, Adaptive Cruise Control, power-operated boot and even a pair of brollies
(each housed in their own dedicated compartments built into each front door),
an ice scraper behind the fuel filler flap (not only essential in the winter
months but eco-friendly too), and a set of smart 18-inch multi-blade alloys.
'assist' systems include a driver fatigue sensor (you may not think you need
one but it could one day safe your life); Front Assist which, as you might guess,
monitors the distance to the vehicle ahead and automatically slows down the
car or warns if there's a potential collision risk and brakes for you if you
don't respond in time; Multi-Collision Braking (if either front airbag is triggered
due to an impact, the system automatically brakes for you to prevent any further
uncontrolled movement to minimise secondary impacts).
are also seven airbags (including one for the driver's knee), height-adjustable
front seatbelts, cornering front fog lights, Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive
Frontlight system and LED daytime running lights, headlight washers, and tyre
worthwhile items such as Blind Spot Detection, Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist
(an on-board 'parking jockey' for parallel or perpendicular hands-free parking),
a rear-view parking camera, Lane Assist and Smart Light Assist are all optional.
family role the Superb's limo-proportioned rear cabin comes into its own with
impressive amounts of legroom stretching out fully can be taken for granted
plus there's plenty of room for size elevens.
the limo-like rear cabin
comes into its own
amounts of legroom
stretching out fully can
be taken for granted
plus theres plenty of
space for size elevens
and the drop-down
padded centre armrest
makes it all very
cosseting for two six-
footers to travel
in the back...
There's decent space, too, around knees, elbows, and shoulders, and leaning
back there's air between the crown of your head and the roof. Long side windows,
as well as a large gap between the front seats, ensure views out are good, and
a drop-down padded centre armrest makes it all very sociable for two six-footers
In spy movies someone usually has to be smuggled in or out of somewhere in a
car boot for that the Superb would be their first choice because at 625
litres it's huge. No dirty hands opening it either as the bootlid is powered
just use the key fob or dash panel button.
Access is made even better by the high- lifting bootlid (you can adjust the
opening height to suit). Naturally the boot comes with all the necessary nets
(one horizontal and two vertical), easily repositionable bag hooks, and tie-down
eyelets to keep your luggage in place. Oh, and for good measure there's even
some big, lidded side bins.
But the biggest surprise remember this Superb is a five-door hatchback
not an estate car is not just the massive boot but the loadbay: once
the 60:40-split back seats are folded down it's a monstrous 1,760 litres.
More appreciated touches include a removable LED flashlight that's holstered
in the boot (it recharges automatically whenever the engine is running) and
rear seatbelts that stay out of the way during folding operations, along with
fast powered opening and closing. Finally, if you need to ringfence all the
Superb's inner space for people, you can still carry 100kg on the roof and tow
a braked 2,200kg behind you.
Stealthily sporting, the five-door Superb in 276bhp 4x4 guise has a captivating
charisma that's a magnet to those with family responsibilities who haven't forgotten
the thrill of the chase. Added to that, its practicality, space, and all-weather
get-up-and-go alongside hassle-free everyday usability makes it a decidedly
'good karma' car. ~ MotorBar
Skoda Superb SE L Executive 2.0 TSI 280PS 4x4 DSG
Maximum speed: 155mph | 0-62mph: 5.8 seconds | Test Average: 35.3mpg
Power: 276bhp | Torque: 258lb ft | CO2: 160g/km