CAR OF THE WEEK: Superb Hatch SE L Exec 2.0 TSI 4x4 DSG
MOST PEOPLE know that I am a Skoda disciple and after a week’s evaluation of the Superb Hatch I have no reason to change my view on the Czech manufacturer.
The Superb hatch comes with a powerful 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It also comes with four-wheel drive, a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and it’s available in either of the upper trim levels: SE L Executive or Laurin Klement.
What impresses me most about Skoda is that you generally get an awful lot of car for your money. Superb is the perfect adjective for this vehicle; it looks the part, moves like a car much more expensive and ticks all the boxes in terms of practicality.
Up front there’s loads of space for anyone tall, but it’s the vastness of the rear accommodation and boot that sets the Superb aside from most competitors. If space is your top priority, there really is nothing bigger in this class. It’s well appointed, featuring an 8.0in infotainment screen, sat-nav, heated front seats (including electric adjustment for the driver’s seat), dual- zone climate and adaptive cruise controls.
It’s only when you floor the accelerator pedal that the engine’s additional performance really becomes apparent. There’s a momentary delay before it picks up, but then it pulls hard right to the limiter and delivers searing pace. It’s always refined, with a smooth but pleasingly hard-edged note when driven hard.
The driving position remains excellent, with comfortable, part-Alcantara electric seats that have lots of adjustment.
Don’t assume that choosing the Superb means getting a cheaper-feeling interior, either. While it might not look as special inside as an Audi A4, the Skoda is very well finished and comes with lots more standard equipment. Naturally, Skoda has paid no less attention to safety than they have the rest of the car.
Every model has an electronic traction and stability control system, automatic braking and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
There are ISOFIX mountings for two child-seats in the back, and as a result of all these features the Superb scored the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP crash test rating when it was tested in 2015. It’s not a car that will receive incessant praise for driver excitement, but it’s difficult to find a similarly priced alternative that beats it in terms of long-distance comfort and sheer space. The Superb is very well made too, so the car really does live up to its name.