2019 Skoda Superb: price, specs and release date
The Skoda Superb gets a range of light updates and a new engine for 2019. Does it continue to impress in the executive car class?...
Priced from £24,000 | On sale Late 2019
We seem to be surrounded by new executive cars that shout at us with their gaping grilles, heavily creased bodywork and giant wheels. That’s all fine if you’re a bit of an extrovert, but what if you want something a little more understated? Well, the Skoda Superb is the sensibly suited yet exceeding talented answer to the question. It is, after all, our favourite executive car for less than £25,000.
Skoda isn't one to rest on its laurels, though, so the Superb has just been refreshed with tweaked styling, upgraded tech and a new diesel engine for 2019. Furthermore, there are updated driver assistance systems, including cruise control that can alter your speed automatically by reading road signs.
If you want to spot the facelifted Superb on the road, the most obvious change is a new front grille to bring it into line with more recently released Skoda models. The other immediately noticeable change is the large 'Skoda' lettering across the tailgate instead of a traditional badge.
SE L models and above now also get matrix LED headlights that can selectively illuminate the road ahead, allowing your main beams to stay on for longer without dazzling other drivers.
2019 Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI Evo on the road
The biggest change in the engine range is the introduction of an all-new 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which is likely to be the biggest seller. It promises reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption, although Skoda isn’t currently able to provide exact figures to show just how much better it is.
In truth, performance feels much the same as that of the old diesel engine, meaning it pull strongly from well below 2000rpm and has more than adequate performance should you need to whisk yourself up to motorway speeds in a hurry. However, refinement has certainly been improved; you can still tell it’s a diesel when you accelerate hard, but it's much quieter at a steady cruise, putting it closer to the Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat.
Skoda hasn’t touched the suspension setup, meaning the Superb soaks up undulating roads well, with the pleasing waft we’ve become accustomed to. Just bear in mind that it struggles a little more with patched-up and potholed roads, fidgeting and thumping more than some rivals. SE Technology models and above get adaptive suspension that allows you to select from different driving modes; you can stiffen and soften the suspension by switching between Sport, Normal and Comfort.
Comfort allows a bit too much float and vertical movement. Indeed, even in Sport, the Superb is definitely on the softer side with plenty of body roll. However, it handles tidily once you've got past the initial lean, with high levels of grip and a predictable nature, even if it isn’t a car with which to attack your favourite country road just for the sake of it.
2019 Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI Evo interior
Not a lot has changed inside, but then again, the Superb's interior was already rather plush and easy to use. You now get more chrome detailing, new decorative trim inserts and contrasting stitching for the leather seats as standard on SE L models and above.
The infotainment system remains largely the same, with the touchscreen growing in size as you go up the range, maxing out at 9.2in. We used this version the most and found that it remains responsive, easy to navigate and graphically sharp. That said, rotary dial-controlled systems, such as that used by Mazda, are less distracting on the move. The only real change is that the Superb now offers gesture control for certain functions. It’s a nice trick for impressing passengers, but we'd stick to using the touchscreen, because it’s less of a faff.
For the first time in the Superb, you can have a digital display behind the steering wheel in place of boring old analogue instrument dials. This puts a wealth of information right under your nose, and you can configure the digital dials to your preferences. You can go for a near full-screen display of the sat-nav map, for instance, or scroll through your media, phone contacts and trip computer. It's easy to read the display at a glance and the graphics are on par with the digital dials in the Passat, if not quite as sharp as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit.
Given the Superb’s starting price of around £24,000, it really is huge inside. Head room is excellent up front, and it’s easy to get comfortable, thanks to a wide range of adjustment for the driver's seat and steering wheel. Things are even more impressive in the back; to beat the Superb’s rear leg and head room, you have to look at luxury limousines like the long-wheelbase Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In short, you’ll probably never hear a rear seat passenger complain about space.
Unsurprisingly, the boot's capacity is unchanged – no bad thing, because it's simply enormous. But you do get a redesigned cargo divider and, at last, a dual-height boot floor to reduce the internal loading lip if you don’t need maximum space, making it easier to heave heavy items in. The Superb also retains a useful hatchback tailgate, even though it looks like a conventional booted saloon.
If you’re after more information on the Superb’s interior space, have a look at our main review.
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