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Skoda Superb Outdoor 2.0 TDI/140HP 4X4 Elegance
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Off-Roader Appeal
December 30, 2014   
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A sexy body, a spacious interior and four-wheel drive—these are the selling points of the new Skoda Superb Outdoor, a station wagon targeted at those looking for a fashionable car with an off-road twist.

To my eye, the Outdoor, which hit the showrooms last year, is far more appealing than the liftback version of the Superb. Despite its substantial dimensions (4.83 meters in length), the Skoda retains its balanced proportions, which in the case of station wagons is not that simple.

The rugged appearance of the Outdoor is due to its extended bumper covers, wheel arches and side sills, and the “4X4” badge on the tailgate, pointing to the car’s enhanced off-road capability.

Despite the all-terrain look, ground clearance is, in fact, the same as in other versions of the Superb, at 14 cm.

The interior is very roomy. No other mid-range model offers as much space and comfort for passengers. There is plenty of legroom in both the front and back. Back-seat passengers can easily travel with their legs crossed, making the Outdoor a standout in this class of car. Travelers also have a huge, 633-liter luggage compartment at their disposal, a capacity that rises to a respectable 1,865 l. after you fold down the back seats. The trunk is easy to arrange, has a regular shape, and enables easy packing and stowing thanks to the use of sliding rails and cargo restraint nets.

The test-drive Outdoor was fitted with a 2.0TDI/140 hp diesel engine, which delivers an optimal combination of performance and fuel economy. This turbocharged engine takes 10 seconds to accelerate the less than 1,500 kg vehicle to 100 kph and top speed is 211 kph. According to the producer, average fuel consumption is 4.6l./100 km. However the test-drive figure was 6.2l./100 km.

Power is transmitted to all the wheels by a six-speed manual transmission. The Skoda offers electronic power distribution using a fifth-generation Haldex clutch. In normal conditions, power is delivered to the front wheels only, with the drive to the rear wheels only kicking in when required. When the car encounters a slippery surface, in a split second the rear axle is activated, almost imperceptibly for the driver.

The Superb Outdoor is Skoda’s response to the continuing fashion for all-terrain vehicles. And although the Outdoor has the same dimensions and technical characteristics as other Superb station wagons, it draws more looks on the road. This makes it a good choice for all those who like to stand out, especially if they have active lifestyles and value functionality while not being ready to compromise on comfort.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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