SKODA Superb is a large European car that combines the best of automotive engineering from its home country of the Czech Republic and its parent country Germany.
One of the world’s oldest car makers, having celebrated its 120th anniversary last year, Skoda is renowned for providing excellent interior space, to the extent there’s limo-like room in the rear seat of the Superb.
The just-launched third-generation model exceeds even the spaciousness of the just superseded gen-two, thanks to having a longer wheelbase and a wider body.
Need to carry two big adults and three large teenagers? Not a problem.
Superb is also voluminous in the cargo area and is offered in hatchback and station wagon bodies. Styling is excellent, with sharp lines reminiscent of those of upmarket Audi models, and the shape seems sure to remain timeless.
Inside the superb Superb (sorry!), the design and high-quality materials are more akin to those found in the upmarket German marques, yet the price list begins at a mere $39,990 plus on-roads.
The previous Superb had the unusual feature of a folded umbrella inside one of the rear door armrests. The new model not only has two umbrellas, but they are kept in the front doors so are available more quickly.
Skoda’s local importer is well aware of Australian drivers’ love of sporting performance cars and so is bringing in only the quick versions of Superb. The topline 206TSI has a 206kW turbo-petrol engine, drives through all four wheels for additional cornering power, which is aided by lowered sports suspension, and larger wheels and tyres.
Superb’s standard turbo-petrol has 162kW of power; rounding out the range is a 140kW turbo-diesel with a very healthy 400Nm of torque.
The all-new Superb has good steering response and a nicely balanced feel on the road.
The sporting Skoda Superb 206TSI really does feel the part.
The Czech machine has the sort of performance that will please most Australian drivers and costs less than half the price of the big-name Germans.
Ride comfort is high and sound reduction is impressive, so this Skoda will make an excellent long-distance touring machine on country roads that have seen better days.
The clarity of the eight-inch colour touchscreen is excellent, and can be quickly scanned and used by the driver without too much inattention.
The multimedia system can be connected to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Columbus system offers Bluetooth hands-free with text messaging, a Jpeg viewer, and 64 GB flash memory.
Audio and video files can be played via a DVD drive.
Superb comes standard with eight speakers and offers the Canton sound system as part of the optional Tech Pack.
Canton has a 12-speaker, 610-Watt output.
Verdict: If you’re looking for a bargain-priced large hatch or wagon, the Superb deserves a place on your shortlist.