Skoda Superb 2.0 TSI 280 Sport Line Plus 4x4 5dr DSG
‘Supremely comfortable’ will probably be your first impression. Lower spec Superbs come on 17-inch alloy wheels with plenty of sidewall in their tyres, and the result is a wonderfully wafty ride quality that befits something far more expensive. There’s a real lack of road noise too, and Skoda’s start/stop system is brilliantly integrated. It’s active but is smooth in its operation. It’s all very serene, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
SportLine Plus trim is paired with a ‘sports chassis’ that’s 15mm lower than standard, whilst the top spec L&K is 10mm lower than base spec cars and is equipped with adaptive dampers as standard. That’s an option on all other trim levels, but it really isn’t necessary if you accept a purposeful lack of sportiness.
Well, the most-powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol manages 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds thanks to its 276bhp, four-wheel drive and well-calibrated DSG ‘box. It’ll never shout about being quick, but it’s a fantastic cruiser and has more than enough in reserve for overtakes. Only the slowest diesel combined with the seven-speed auto gearbox slips into double figures for its 0-62mph sprint, so none feel particularly sluggish.
All Superbs get fairly light steering with just enough feel to keep things interesting, although it’s clear that it was never designed for a B-road blast – the front-driven versions and the heftier PHEV in particular.
There’s welcome body roll all round that suits the Superb’s character too. Best to treat it as the relaxing mode of transport it is and revel in the efficiency of the engines – the super silent plug-in hybrid iV claims over 200mpg on the WLTP cycle, and in real world it’ll match the diesels if you keep it topped up with electricity.
The usual range of safety and assistance equipment is present and correct. Think predictive cruise control, emergency braking etc and even tech to help protect cyclists. Very clever indeed.
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