If there’s one car that’s left a lasting impression for ‘comfy luxury’ on a budget, it’s the Skoda Superb. So when I needed to make a 300 mile, 6 hour round trip it was the obvious car of choice.
A number of things have changed since our 2017 review, largely that there’s been a minor facelift outside but a fairly big overhaul once you get in.
Prices start at £25,000 for the entry level SE model, rising to £38k for the L&K version.
From the outside there have only been a few small tweaks, these happened in 2019 and include a new front bumper with a wider grille, while the back features a chrome strip joining the full LED rear lights.
LED lights are also standard at the front across all models.
With diesel losing favour we plumped for the 1.5 TSI engine with a DSG gearbox, a slight increase of .1 litre over the 2017 model, the 0-62 time has also grown to 9.2 seconds while power remains the same at 148 BHP. Torque is a healthy 250 Nm.
For such a big car you might think a 1.5 litre engine is poultry, but not so. Matched with the silky smooth DSG you’ll never be left wanting for power. The Skoda gets up to speed quickly, and there’s plenty of go for overtakes when you’re up to motorway speeds.
What’s pretty astounding is the economy, over 280 miles, mostly around the M25 at 60-70 MPH or diving into the outskirts of London the Superb managed 44 MPG, and did all that on a quarter of a tank. In fact the range was still showing the same 300 odd miles as when we left that morning.
After nearly 6 hours of driving I hopped out of the Superb feeling better than if I’d have sat in my office chair for a days work. It really is that comfy, the miles simply melt away as the suspension takes up the lumps and bumps beneath you with ease; and that’s without the adaptive suspension that the fancier models get.
Along some country roads the length of the Superb doesn’t make it unwieldy, yes there’s body roll but it’s always well controlled and you can place the Skoda expertly thanks to the decent weighting of the steering.
Inside you’ll find new chrome splashes, revised seat fabrics and contrasting stitching. All models have a touchscreen infotainment system as standard with DAB, voice control and SmatLink+ to allow you to hook up your phone with ease.
SE Technology and up get the svelte ‘Amundsen’ infotainment system which features sleek, touch sensitive buttons instead of the old fash push buttons found in the older model.
Our model featured the £475 ‘Virtual Cockpit’ so the dials were replaced by a large LCD screen, this can be easily customised to the nth degree with all sorts of data and metrics if you so wish.
The handy little things are still there, an umbrella in the drivers door, removable torch that functions as the boot light, parking ticket clip on the windscreen. All small additions that make you wonder why they aren’t standard across all vehicles.
Rear seat leg room is still long haul first class, the only thing really missing is the heated option for those in the back.
Boot space is nothing less than gargantuan at 625 litres, you’ll lose luggage in there before you’ll fill it.
2021 Skoda Superb Conclusion
It’s incredibly hard to advise against the SE L version, it brings decent levels of kit to what is one of the comfiest, affordable, long legged cars on sale today. Yes you could go for the ‘Sportier’ Sportline Plus, but it’s not a sporty car, forget those 19 inch wheels, the 18’s do a stunning job.
The range topping L&K or Laurin & Klement is the pure luxury model, but do you really need on-board WiFi and a CANTON stereo?
Just make sure you plump for the Virtual Cockpit and at around £30,000 you’ll have the luxobarge of your dreams.