Lots of car, modern technology, affordable price, appealing design - Skoda is taking its recipe for success into the fourth generation with the new Superb. The Czech VW subsidiary has sold 1.6 million of the upmarket mid-range vehicles since 2001 - primarily to customers who appreciate the space, comfort and modern technology. Drives and chassis come from the Volkswagen pool. Skoda also thrives on its image of being the cheaper alternative to VW and Audi - often with better build quality.
The new Superb will not be able to claim this for itself, because for the first time it comes from the same plant as its VW Passat brother. What's more, while the first three Superb generations were developed on the basis of the Passat, this time it's the other way around: Skoda developed the Passat in parallel with the Superb.
Numerous gadgets make the Superb the Swiss army knife of cars. The brand lists a total of 28 "Simply Clever" ideas for the Superb. All interior fabrics are made from recycled material. The leather upholstery was tanned using waste water from olive processing. The two-spoke steering wheel has real buttons and dials. Contrary to the trend towards operating the car via the screen, there are still three rotary controls on the center console.
Diesel, petrol, 48-volt hybrid and plug-in hybrid with outputs between 150 hp (110 kW) and 265 hp (194 kW). The PHEV's 25.7 kWh battery has a range of 100 kilometers, after which a 150 hp (110 kW) 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine kicks in. The most powerful petrol and diesel versions are also available with all-wheel drive.
Prices for the saloon start at just over 38,000 euros. The estate costs 1000 euros extra. The Superb has remained the same here. (aum)
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