The all-new Skoda Superb has finally been revealed after months of teasers, and most of the technical data are already out in the open. The new model builds on the Superb’s strengths, with more space, practical details, and a more capable plug-in hybrid version.
In terms of powertrains, customers can choose between five ICE options (three gasoline engines with 150 to 265 hp and two diesels with 150 to 193 hp) or a plug-in hybrid, although this electrified version is only available as a Combi, contrary to the previous-gen Superb.
100 km electric range
The plug-in hybrid uses the latest 1.5 TSI gasoline engine, with an electric motor and a big battery pack of 25,7 kWh. This allows for a fully electric range of over 100 km, with AC charging up to 11 kW and DC fast-charging up to 50 kW, which takes 25 minutes to charge from 10 to 80 percent.
The new Superb follows the second-gen Kodiaq, launched last month, and is built on the same foundations, which are shared again with the Volkswagen Passat and Tiguan. Unlike the Passat, however, the Superb is still available as a saloon and station wagon (Combi).
In terms of design, the new Skoda Superb resembles its predecessor but adds smoother lines and slightly finer lights, with some DNA from the popular electric SUV Enyaq. The aerodynamics have also been improved, with a drag coefficient of just 0.23 for the saloon and 0.25 for the Combi. The Superb is 43 mm longer, 15 mm narrower, and 5 to 12 mm higher than its predecessor, with an identical wheelbase.
On the inside, much of the center console has been decluttered in favor of a large central display (10 to 13 inches). The transmission lever has also been moved to the steering column. Fear not. There are still separate knobs for the climate control and infotainment functions, now called ‘Smart Dials’, and feature a small display with switchable functions, as seen in some Jaguar and Land Rover models.
The Superb has always focused strongly on interior space, and this fourth generation is no different. Skoda promises more headroom front and back, while the trunk has grown 20 to 30 liters, now offering 645 liters in the saloon or 690 to 1 920 liters in the Combi.
The practicality goes beyond just offering more space, with up to 28 ‘Simply Clever’ details, including a USB port in the rear-view mirror to connect a dash cam, smartphone pockets in the seats, and a storage bag under the trunk lid. All of the fabrics used for the interior are made from recycled materials.