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Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TSI 220 km Laurin & Klement DSG: Simply Clever?
October 27, 2017   
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An elegant chassis, spacious and functional interior - these are the features which make the Skoda Superb Estate synonymous with a comfortable family vehicle. Add the optional powerful petrol engine and a full range of accessories and it can even compete with premium executive and family class vehicles.

News of the Czech Skoda, part of the Volkswagen Corporation, selling its millionth Superb model hit the headlines recently. That really is something! Why does the car attract so much attention? I had an opportunity to discover this for myself while testing an estate powered by a turbocharged 2.0 TSI petrol engine, with a DSG automatic gearbox in the Laurin & Klement interior version.

The history of this model goes back to 2001 when a large sedan named Superb was shown at the Geneva car show. In 2008, the second generation of this vehicle appeared on the market and an estate version became available a year later, which was immediately appreciated by users on account of the sturdy craftsmanship and above average functional qualities. In 2015, the third generation of the model was unveiled - a sedan in the spring and an estate in the autumn.

It is certainly a matter of taste, but in my opinion, the line of Superb’s 3rd generation vehicles is extremely attractive. The 4.85 m long chassis, a lot of bodywork with clearly defined features and the sharp shapes of the front and rear lights make the shape seem very modern and yet sporty.

The phrase “spacious interior” does not do this model justice! Even though the wheelbase is not so imposing (2.84 m), it was possible to pack copious space into the passenger cabin. Five adults can travel in the car in complete comfort. They will also have a massive boot (660 l) at their disposal. Once the rear backrests are folded its volume increases to 1950 l. Its maximum loading capacity stands at 640 kg.

The dashboard is elegant and clear. In the Laurin & Klement version, the Superb will satisfy even the most discerning customers. It features leather trim and all available safety and comfort systems such as ABS, ACS - collision protection system, blind spot sensor, rain sensor, parking sensors - front, parking sensors - rear, rear view camera, traction control (ASR), airbag protecting the knees, driver's and passenger's airbags, side airbags - front and rear, curtain airbags - front, bi-xenon lights and led parking lights, multifunctional steering wheel, automatic air-conditioning, heated front and rear windshield, heated seats, side view mirrors and rear seats, adjustable suspension, start-stop system, active cruise control, 19 inch alloy wheels, bluetooth, sd port, satellite navigation, aux socket and many, many others.

The tested model was equipped with a turbo charged 2.0 l 220 hp petrol engine. The front wheels were driven by an automatic, sequential (with an option for the driver to change gears manually using levers by the steering wheel column or the gear stick), dual-clutch DSG six gear transmission. According to the manufacturer's data, the car accelerates to one hundred kilometres per hour in 7 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 245 km/h. The driver can choose a driving mode that suits him or her (eco, comfort, sport, individual). The electronic systems adjust all engine, suspension or steering system parameters to the selected driving mode. An advantage of this vehicle, to a large extent associated with the DSG transmission, is the effortless and efficient operation. During the test, the average fuel consumption was 6.7 l./100km, just above that declared by the manufacturer. And that is a rarity during tests... Now, for the cons. I think the transfer of power to the front axis during rapid acceleration (and not necessarily in “sports” mode) could be improved, the front wheels like to spin and there is an unpleasant knocking sound.

Many a customer will fall in love with the Skoda Superb estate in the presented version. It is comparable with Audi, BMW or Mercedes. It is not far behind in terms of price either... a basic version of the 2.0 TSI model with L & K equipment costs more than PLN 150 thousand and the test model with all the additional equipment will set you back approximately PLN 190 thousand. That amount will undoubtedly suffice for some other premium sector models. In terms of technological advancement, Skoda is up there with the best. However, here we are also dealing with that thing called prestige, which for many customers is still one of the main criteria for choosing a car.

And even though in recent decades under the watchful eye of Volkswagen, Skoda moved ahead in leaps and bounds when it comes to styling and technological solutions in its vehicles, it is still having a hard time competing with premium makes. To compete does not always mean that one is actually in the running. On the other hand, if someone approaches vehicle purchasing in a rational and practical manner, then Superb will probably be the best choice.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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