Thursday 27 November 2014

Is the Skoda Superb as good as the name suggests?

Published 26/08/2014 | 11:45

Why hire a limo when you can buy your own?

One doesn’t know if one should have my driver James take me to work or perhaps I should drive myself?

This is the debate going on in my head when I take the Skoda Superb L&K to work, it’s so close to Limousine that you might debate if it’s worth hiring a driver. Being the rear passenger affords more leg room in the back than you get in an Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class or the BMW 7-Series which are all class leading in terms of luxury transport.

It’s not just room that Skoda wins on, there’s that ‘feeling’. It’s a sort of smug but gloating feeling that I see on the face of most Skoda drivers, they seem to know that no matter what car you’re in, they are in something better.

I had that feeling, sitting the heated leather seats while letting the automatic (DSG) box deal with changing gears is a great pleasure on a wet day in Dublin traffic. Other clever little things are there like an umbrella built into the door, keyless entry and the ability to park itself.

At the touch of a button you can make the car find you a space and it’ll set about parallel parking into it and all you have to do is operate the brakes. It’s a bit slow at finding the space but with a bit of patience you won’t be long getting used to it.

Having driven the rest of the Skoda range there is a bit of a tired feeling to the dashboard, the software in the sat-nav is clunky but works, the centre information system needs a little freshen up too.

The one thing that doesn’t need updating is the boot, there’s no denying that it’s huge, the 595ltrs of space just doesn’t do the space justice it carries a lot more than that. Then there’s the way the boot lid opens, push the centre button and it’s like a saloon, but there’s another button.

When you open the boot using a button that’s off to the right on the lid you find that it lifts up like a massive hatchback, it’s some kind of witchcraft because I can’t figure out how it works and so I kept doing it in the hope I’d see some part of the gubbins that makes the boot lid open like a Transformer but I never did.

While the Superb might be getting a little long in the tooth on the inside there’s no denying that it fits the ‘Simply Clever’ tag that Skoda has in their branding. The Laurin & Klement pack just adds lots of features to an otherwise great car. Even with the auto box it still does 5.3ltrs/100kms and sits in tax band B (€390) and only €200 per year in manual so there’s no reason that I can think of for not thinking of the Skoda Superb when changing cars because it’s just Superb.

 

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