Tuesday 20 February 2018

Eddie Cunningham on the new Skoda Superb estate: "It has been one of the roomiest cars on the road"

Ask anyone for just one word to describe the Skoda Superb estate (they call it Combi) and it is likely to be ‘space’.
Ask anyone for just one word to describe the Skoda Superb estate (they call it Combi) and it is likely to be ‘space’.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

ASK anyone for just one word to describe the Skoda Superb estate (they call it Combi) and it is likely to be ‘space’.

It has been one of the roomiest cars on the road since its inception.

So it’s unlikely to surprise you when you discover that the brand new one – which gets here on September 22 - is even roomier.

It’s probably fair to call it ‘limousine-like’.

But maybe we need another word or two to more fairly reflect the new Combi because it has now caught up big time with the whole tidal wave of technology.

Anyway, everything starts with, and is based on, the global Volkswagen group platform (as you know Skoda is owned by the German motoring giant) called MQB.

It means the longer wheelbase and wider track translate into 39mm more elbow room (because it is wider) for the driver and front seat passengers.

 There is extraordinary space at the back which, Skoda claim, is nearly twice that of its nearest competitor while no one will dispute their assertion that there’s unrivalled headroom.

The boot’s capacity is also up – by 27 litres to 660 litres.

The Combi will cost from €27,995 for the 1.4-litre TSI petrol but realistically it’s the kick-off diesel price that matters. And that is €1,000 more (€28,995). However, it is fair to speculate that the 1.6-litre TDI 120bhp 6spd mid-spec Ambition at €31,495 is likely to be the main seller. The entry level Active is the one that starts at €28,995 while the top-trim Style costs €35,195.

In overall terms the Combi is costing €1,200 more than the Liftback/saloon version which is on sale here from late next week.

Like its sibling, the Combi benefits from lots of new technology and cleaner engines (up to 30pc more frugal, the figures show).

Irish people seem to like this estate (generally speaking we shun them) because one-in-three Superbs bought here has been a Combi (34pc). They expect more than 600 people to buy one next year.

The engines include a 1.6TDI, 120bhp (up 15bhp) 109g/km, 4.2l/100km (67mpg), road tax €190; a 2.0TDI, 150bhp (up 10bhp), 109g/km, 4.1l/100km (69mpg), road tax €190 and a 2.0TDI, 190bhp, 109g/km, 4.2l/100km (67mpg), road tax €190.

There is also the 1.4 TSI petrol (from €27,995) and a new 2.0 TSI petrol with 280bhp.

All have 6spd gearboxes but you can have a 6spd or 7spd dual-clutch (DSG) transmission depending on the engine. There is a 7spd DSG auto option for 1.6 TDI.

Stop-start technology and brake energy recovery are standard. And you can have 4x4 if you wish with the 2.0 TDI 150bhp and 190bhp versions.

Standard spec includes seven airbags, multifunction steering wheel, electric hand brake, Hill Hold, Swing Radio with touchscreen, dual zone climate control, 16ins steel wheels, Bluetooth.

Mid-range Ambition costs €2,500 more and has colour touch screen Bolero system, Mirrorlink,  Smart Link,  Apple Car Play, Maxi Dot central display, bi-xenon and LED lights, light assist, storage box under front passenger seat, 16ins alloys, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, heated front seats etc.

Top-spec Style costs another €3,700 and has 8ins Columbus infotainment/wifi/sat nav, 3-zone air con, electrically driver seat, reversing camera (with trailer guidance), 17ins alloys, full leather interior.

Mobile technology and smart phones are compatible with those new Bolero and Columbus infotainment systems with Skoda saying android and Apple IOS are both supported via Smart Link for navigation and entertainment applications.

See what I mean when I say we need a few new words to sum up the Superb Combi?

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