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Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI in the test

Future owners of a Skoda Superb Combi should know the following about the human organism: Although the human organism can go several weeks without food, it can only go a few days without drinking. So please bunker small water bottles in different places in the Skoda interior - just in case you accidentally get in the back and get lost in the vastness of the lush footwell. Or just - just for fun - use the tailgate as a door, perhaps because it opens and closes so nicely at the push of a button.

Skoda Superb Combi is unexpectedly elegant

In any case, the way from the very back to the very front is a long one. And worth seeing. Because although the VW subsidiary brand stands for pragmatic rather than beautiful automobiles, the Skoda Superb Combi has a loading compartment that is not only elegant on the outside. Inside it was lined with robust, but not dreary carpet, also on the smooth flanks, in which two large storage compartments as well as fold-out hooks for bags and a lamp that can be removed as a flashlight have been integrated. In addition, a kind of telescopic aluminum board and an automatic belt can be locked in different positions on two aluminum rails for a surcharge in order to provide the necessary support for a wide variety of luggage formats.

There is huge space in the Superb Combi

Before this, the load slides in over a low edge protected by stainless steel. It can be up to 1,835 liters and 603 if the rear seat is to accommodate passengers and the load compartment blind remains closed. When the flap is opened, it automatically retracts a little to pick up small items. Further storage options are provided by a not particularly deep compartment under the loading floor, which can also be used as an additional separating element. The Skoda Superb Combi knows how to keep its owners busy - who are already rubbing their hands in the belief that they have acquired a well thought-out and spacious car like the T-model of the Mercedes E-Class at a bargain price. But happy too early.

Savings have been made in combination-specific details

If you look at the estate-specific details, our test reveals where savings have been made compared to the premium estate: the tailgate only opens electrically for a surcharge, level control is not on the standard equipment or option list, and the partition net to the passenger compartment must also be extra be ordered. In addition, the 1.91-meter-long loading area is only created when the bench is folded forward on its rather filigree-looking frame. In view of the price difference of around 12,000 euros between the Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI with 170 hp in the test and Elegance package and an E 220 CDI T-model, the desire for a star for some estate buyers could just as quickly fade as its sniff. Especially since the Skoda Superb Combi comes up with a unique amount of space: almost eleven centimeters more standard seating space than in the T-model, parents can only shrug their shoulders tiredly, even if the junior decides to take on the stature of a basketball professional at puberty.

Good acceleration despite heavy weight

Even the direct competitors without premium claims cannot keep up in this discipline. The chance that the competition will drive away with the drive is also slim - after all, Skoda delivers its top model with modern supercharged petrol and diesel direct injection. Only the 140 PS TDI still works according to the pump-nozzle principle, while the 170 PS variant tested is allowed to burn more gently thanks to common rail technology. Up to 1,800 bar pressure and eight-hole injection nozzles, through which fuel shoots up to seven times per work cycle, calm the engine running, two balance shafts take care of the rest. After a brief moment of breathing, the two-liter turbo-diesel accelerates the Skoda Superb Combi in our test the stately mass of over 1.6 tons almost disrespectful sovereign - even if the factory specification of 8.9 seconds in the sprint from zero to 100 km / h is just missed.

Superb skilfully hooks the pylons in the test

Even loaded (470 kilograms of load are possible), the maximum torque of 350 Newton meters effectively counteracts the law of inertia. If the driver is still not moving quickly enough, the six-speed manual gearbox with its appropriate gradation and precise paths helps to accelerate the stately car quickly. Consumption remains within limits at seven liters / 100 km. Although only very few interested parties are likely to look for an athlete's soul in a 4.84-meter-long combination dress, the Skoda Superb Combi skilfully hooks the pylons when trying to drive dynamics. The 17-inch wheels fitted as standard on the Elegance help here, and the electromechanical power steering also provides enough feedback to quickly find the right line.

Good driving comfort

The engineers have kindly pinched a hypersensitive gear ratio in favor of comfort, which is particularly noticeable on our test drives on extended motorway stretches. The occupants are not offered the comfort of a thick down comforter, but the tuning, which is a little tighter compared to the sedan, leaves a more coherent impression than one was used to from the Skoda Superb Combi. Above all, he swallows short bumps more calmly. Larger bumps seep away somewhere in the stately length of the wheelbase (2.76 meters). The slightly wooden unrolling tarnishes the harmonious overall picture a little - which, by the way, also applies to the interior.

Crunchy surcharge for Elegance equipment

After all, the inlays in the artificial fine wood look can be exchanged for specimens made of a material that comes surprisingly close to aluminum. On the other hand, the leather-Alcantara mix with which the tightly upholstered and multi-adjustable seats are covered is as genuine as it is comfortable. Alternatively, leather seats are available free of charge. The fact that the Elegance surcharge is quite steep compared to the base at 6,700 euros is due to the items also included in the price, such as adaptive bi-xenon headlights, two-zone automatic air conditioning, heated seats and cruise control. In addition, there are numerous other niceties, for example the cooled glove compartment or the cup holder in the rear center armrest - for an always sufficient supply of drinks in the Skoda Superb Combi.


How do you like the new Superb generation?

Advantages and disadvantages

  • ample space, especially in the rear
  • variable and large cargo space
  • flat loading area
  • good ergonomics
  • antiquated folding mechanism of the rear seat
Driving comfort
  • comfortable seats with a large adjustment range
  • comfortable suspension set-up
  • limited ride comfort
  • cultivated and powerful diesel engine
  • even power delivery
  • good driving performance
  • precise six-speed gearbox
  • grumpy at high speeds
Driving characteristics
  • only slight tendency to understeer
  • high driving safety
  • stable straight-line stability
  • Steering with good feedback
  • stable braking system with good deceleration values
  • few assistance systems available
  • low consumption
  • Low in pollutants according to Euro 5
  • favorable base price
  • extensive standard equipment
  • expected high value stability

Nobody offers more space in this segment - and in the class above only the Mercedes. The fairly calculated package price includes a sovereign drive and a noticeably improved chassis with good comfort.

Technical specifications

Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI Elegance
Base price33.130 €
External dimensions4838 x 1817 x 1510 mm
Trunk volume603 to 1835 l
Cubic capacity / engine1968 cc / 4-cylinder
power125 kW / 170 PS at 4200 rpm
Top speed220 km / h
0-100 km / h9.4 s
consumption5.8 l / 100 km
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