Skoda Superb 2.0-litre diesel DSG gearbox road test report

2.0-litre diesel DSG gearbox

The new Skoda Superb has arrived and is sure to woo fleet drivers with its competitive price, luxurious surroundings on the inside and wide range of engines. It also has a secret weapon under the body, if you need to parallel park the car will do it itself – we’ll explain all this further down the report…the Skoda Superb starts from £15,490.

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Performance Performance - 4 stars

From launch there are four petrol engines and three diesel power plants available. We got to drive the 2.0-litre diesel unit with the DSG gearbox. This engine produces 170bhp and is very responsive. There’s plenty of power when you need to pass slower traffic as the power plant produces its 170bhp at 4,200 rpm. This car will get you from zero to 62mph in 8.8 seconds – not bad for a luxurious passenger car and it has a top speed of 137mph. When at speed the engine is quite quiet and only when you rev it out does it intrude into the cabin.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 4 stars

Pleasantly surprised that’s what we were – you’d expect a car like this so be a bit soft – but the Skoda engineers have come up with a good all round package – the Superb when cornering holds the road well and the 2.0-litre diesel unit gives the car enough power and shove that you really can enjoy when driving on.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 4 stars

Skoda is aiming the Superb at its German rivals and it has succeeded with the look of the new interior. According to the Czech maker this Superb is the most sophisticated Skoda ever built by the firm and we’d have to agree. The interior is classy, the dashboard and surrounding areas are soft to touch while the dials give off a soft white glow when driving at night. The Skoda Superb starts from £15,490 and at this price the Czech car will certainly be battling with BMW and Mercedes for a share of sales. With Skoda under the VW group reliability has not been a problem, which means you’ll have peace of mind motoring.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 5 stars

On the inside the Czech boffins have designed a CatVision lighting system, which incorporates LED’s into the headlining. They give the cabin a soft light, which lets the driver see the controls and buttons at night without dazzling. The new Superb scored five stars in the Euro NCAP testing for passenger protection as it has seven airbags as standard, and as an option you can choose to add two airbags for those passengers in the rear. All Superb models are fitted with ESP, ABS, and EBS (Electronic Braking System). The Superb is one of the safest and most secure cars in the upper-medium sector.

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 5 stars

The Superb oozes room and is very practical. Skoda has added an all-new Twindoor variable boot facility – this means the car behaves like a saloon or a hatchback – how you use it is up to you. The Superb has a luggage capacity of 565 litres with the rear seats in position – that’s 85 litres more than the previous generation. With the rear seats folded the Superb’s capacity rises to 1,670 litres. The advancements don’t stop there – the Superb has a brilliant feature called Park Assist. This device allows drivers to parallel park in complete confidence. It works like this – the Superb has to pass a line of parked cars at a speed less than 19mph. If the sensors acknowledge that the space is around 6 metres from bumper to bumper the driver is informed by the electronic display. Engage reverse gear and the car slowly accelerates backwards, take your hands off the wheel, the steering takes care of itself and turns on its pre-calculated trajectory – the parking manoeuvre finishes when the rear parking sensors make a long continuous tone. You have to experience it to get a full sense but this piece of kit sets the Superb apart from its rivals.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 4 stars

Skoda hope to sell 600 Superb’s in 2008 while this number should increase to 4,000 in 2009. The majority of these will probably go to the fleet market but if you want a good driving car that is well kitted with equipment and can ‘park itself’ then you should be looking no further than the new Skoda Superb.

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