Skoda bolsters the Superb with mid-life update

Originally Published: July 2019

More tech and revised interior for flagship Skoda model

The third-generation Skoda Superb has been given its mid-life refresh, bringing to the table a revamped interior, minor exterior tweaks and new technologies, including Predictive Cruise Control – a first for any Skoda model.

Full LED Matrix headlights also make their debut on a Skoda production model, combining with the redesigned radiator grille and front bumper to keep the Superb looking fresh-faced. The latter has also caused the Superb to grow by 8mm (only 6mm for the Estate), although Skoda’s flagship retains the same footprint.

On the rear, some additional chrome trim completes the aesthetic alterations on the outside, but the chrome also makes its way inside the Superb, with new seat upholstery and colour-coded stitching adding to the updated look.

Starting from £24,655, the updated Superb will be available in six different trims with an initial choice of four engines, before the 1.5-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel join the ranks later this year, both with an output of 148bhp.

For the time being, engine options are limited to either the 118bhp 1.6 TDI or 187bhp 2.0 TDI diesels, or if you want petrol propulsion, the 2.0-litre TSI unit is available in both 187bhp and 268bhp guises. A six-speed manual is equipped as standard, although a seven-speed DSG automatic is available for selected models, along with all-wheel-drive capabilities.

The Superb’s entry point starts with the S derivative, which includes LED lights, touchscreen infotainment, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity all as standard. SE versions gain parking sensors and Adaptive Cruise Control, SE Technology models are boosted by heated front seats, Blind Spot Detection and the uprated Amundsen multimedia system, whilst SE L models benefit from those Full Matrix LED headlights, onboard Wi-Fi, 18” alloys and a powered tailgate.

Sportline Plus takes the SE model as a base, but adds 19” rims, animated rear LEDs, gloss black exterior highlights such as the front grille and door mirrors, tailing off with a rear diffuser. The cabin provides a more sporting edge through Alcantara seats, the black headlining and a three-spoke sports steering wheel. The larger 9.2” touchscreen, featuring Columbus satellite navigation, also makes its way into Sportline models.

At the top of the tree lies the Laurin & Klement version, boasting features like perforated and ventilated front seats, Dynamic Chassis Control, onboard Wi-Fi and the uprated Canton sound system, Skoda’s Virtual Cockpit, a rear camera, the 9.2” touchscreen and even a heated windscreen.

Orders are now being taken for the revised Superb, with deliveries expected to commence from the autumn.

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