All-new Skoda Superb gets familiar styling
The Czech carmaker lifts the lid on the new Skoda Superb, revealing an evolutionary exterior design with a new hi-tech cabin on the inside, along with familiar engine options
- Hatchback and estate body styles
- Expected to start from around £35,000
- Petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options
The new Skoda Superb has just been unveiled by the Czech automaker, sporting a subtly reworked exterior design that’s larger than before, further improving practicality and usability – an ethos that has long been the brand’s priority.
Though the new Superb’s evolutionary design might not look too dissimilar to the outgoing model’s, fans of the brand’s conservative styling will at least appreciate that the new car hasn’t lost any of its old charm. Most notable at the front is a new rounder, octagonal-shaped grille and a larger Skoda badge sitting between two more defined bonnet creases.
The new headlights are slimmer than before, and feature Matrix LED tech which produces 40% more light than those of the outgoing car.
The new Skoda Superb’s overall silhouette is more aerodynamic to improve efficiency – this is exemplified by the windscreen’s shallower rake, more streamlined roof and touches such as rain deflectors on the A-pillars.
The taillights are slimmer than those of the previous Superb, giving a sleeker look to the rear end, although the brand’s C-shaped light signature still features and cuts into the boot lid. Buyers of higher-spec Superb models will get scrolling indicators, adding a premium touch to the rear styling.
While the Superb may look very similar to before, it’s slightly longer and taller than the outgoing car in both hatchback and estate guises in the pursuit of practicality. Boot space is now 645 litres for the hatchback (an increase of 20 litres) and 690 litres for the estate (an increase of 30 litres), and with the seats down this increases to a whopping 1,920 litres.
New Skoda Superb Interior
It’s fair to say that the biggest changes to the new Skoda Superb can be found inside, where it gains a whole host of hi-tech features. In the middle of the dash sits a 10-inch touchscreen (increasing to 13 inches on higher-spec cars), and there’s a 10-inch digital gauge cluster ahead of the driver.
Skoda has been keen to point out its new, innovative ‘Smart Dials’ – physical knobs sitting below the touchscreen on the dash that can be customised to control a plethora of different features, including heating and ventilation, volume, driving modes and more. The new Superb also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a wireless charging pad with a Phone Box that keeps your device cool when charging.
Skoda has relocated the gear selector to the steering column, freeing up plenty of space on the centre console for storage. The Superb’s seats and interior textiles are all made of sustainable materials and the car is set to be offered with a whole host of personalisation options by way of Skoda’s ‘Design Selections’ packs.
New Skoda Superb engines and powertrains
Less revolutionary will be the choice of drivetrains on offer for the new Superb – it will forego an electric option for this generation, and instead be offered with a choice of petrol, hybrid and – most surprisingly of all – diesel options.
Kicking off the Skoda Superb lineup will be a 1.5-litre mild hybrid petrol engine with 148bhp and front-wheel drive. A 2.0-litre petrol engine with 201bhp will also be offered with front-wheel drive, or buyers can opt for a 262bhp version of the same engine with four-wheel drive.
Unlike most other manufacturers, Skoda will continue to offer two diesel versions of the new Superb. The entry-level diesel will produce 148bhp from a 2.0-litre engine, while a four-wheel drive version will make use of the same 2.0-litre unit, albeit with power bumped up to 190bhp.
The top-of-the-range plug-in hybrid Skoda Superb, badged the Superb iV, combines the 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a total output of 201bhp. Compared to the outgoing Superb iV, the new car gets a larger 26kWh battery which allows it to drive for up to 60 miles on electricity alone. Its 50kW peak charging speed means a 10-80% top-up should take around 25 minutes. Expected low CO2 emissions on this model means it will likely sit in the lowest BiK band, making it the company-car favourite of the lineup.
This generation of Skoda Superb will not offer a manual option, with all models instead getting a DSG automatic gearbox.
Pricing and further details are yet to be confirmed for the UK at this point, but these will likely be released by the end of 2023. The outgoing Superb costs from £32,605, so we’d expect the new model to start from around £35,000. Orders open in January 2024 for the estate model, with the hatchback and plug-in hybrid estate model going on sale in April 2024.
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