Skoda Superb 1.9 TDI Greenline in the test

J├╝rgen Decker, Jens Katemann, Stephan Lindloff, Peter Wolkenstein
Skoda Superb 1.9 TDI Greenline in the test
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D he look at the Superb price list reveals two things about the top model from Skoda. At the top end, the sedan offers all-wheel drive and 260 hp from a 3.6 liter displacement, distributed over six cylinders - such key data demonstrate the increased self-confidence of the Czechs and indicate ambitions towards the luxury class.

A lot of car for the money

In contrast, the inexpensive entry price of 23,250 euros makes it clear that you haven't lost sight of the price-conscious regular customers. Either way: The second, 4.84 meter long Superb generation promises a lot of car for the money.

Greenline version should reduce consumption by 0.8 liters

The decision was made to carry out the annual test the editorial team for a down-to-earth, sensible model with the weakest diesel and combined the well-known 105 hp pump-nozzle engine in the VW Group with the Greenline version trimmed for low consumption. Their changes are limited to aerodynamic fine-tuning in the form of a spoiler lip at the rear and a slightly lowered body. In addition, the tire pressure of the 16-inch aluminum wheels has been increased by 0.3 bar and the five-speed transmission is longer in the upper three gears. An optimized engine control and a gearshift display in the cockpit complete the package. Even without start-stop technology or braking energy recovery, consumption is supposed to drop by 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

Seat heating is not available for Greenline

The editorial team practiced switching back on also when choosing the additional options. A cruise control is already included in the Greenline surcharge of 740 euros. Otherwise, the following were ticked: parking sensors (330 euros) at the confusing rear, fog lights with cornering lights (110 euros), headlight cleaning (140 euros), hill start assist (130 euros), hands-free system 'Premium' (850 euros) and the now standard music system 'Swing' ( 430 euros). For this reason, the test car today, at EUR 26,780, would be even EUR 100 cheaper than when it was ordered at the end of 2008, although the base price has since increased by EUR 300 to EUR 25,190. Seat heating would have been desirable, but is just as unavailable for the Greenline as a sliding glass roof.

Standard specification of 5.1 L /100 km could be undercut several times

The initial one Skepticism about whether the Superb painted in surcharge-free candy white because ofIts puristic orientation would not meet with much approval in everyday editorial work, turned out to be completely unfounded. No entry in the annual test booklet also complained about the lack of temperament of the empty 1.5 ton sedan; Nor was the longer Greenline gear ratio cause for criticism. Quite the opposite: the turbo diesel's acceleration and pulling power were considered completely sufficient. Some even wanted a sixth gear to further reduce the already low consumption on long stretches of the motorway.

The standard specification of 5.1 L /100 km (since October 2009 only 4.9 liters) was undercut each other several times. Even under the most unfavorable conditions, rarely more than eight liters flowed through the pump-nozzle elements. Over the total distance of 60,000 kilometers, consumption leveled off at 6.3 L /100 km - extremely respectable in view of the driving and space comfort offered.

Princely legroom in the Skoda rear

Once when it came to tackling a longer stage with more than two adults, the Superb was the first choice. Even colleagues who otherwise insist on the place behind the steering wheel would be only too happy to be chauffeured in the extremely spacious Skoda rear. No wonder with the princely legroom, which even exceeds that of a Mercedes E-Class. In the accompanying book, the significantly more expensive sedan with the star was also used as a benchmark in other areas - that speaks for the high level of appreciation that the Superb has earned in everyday endurance testing. Effortless operation, agile handling and impeccable workmanship of the restrained and high-quality designed interior find words of praise.

Little cause for complaint

Seats and suspension comfort also convince on long journeys, as you can see from the the occasional stucco tendency on the front axle. The grumpy four-cylinder only bothers when accelerating strongly, on the motorway it hardly affects the pleasant background noise. By the end of the year, Skoda will replace the pump-nozzle unit with an equally powerful 1.6-liter common-rail diesel - as has already happened in the other series. The characteristics of the great Czech give little cause for complaint, but what about the reliability?

Except for a few small things, everything is fine

Except for a few small things, everything is fine. Only a defective sender for the exhaust gas temperature had to be replaced outside of the two inspection dates on guarantee. Otherwise, the problems were limited to the failure of a headlight bulb and a license plate light, which could be replaced without any difficulties on your own. As part of a service campaign, Skoda called the Superb into the workshop, where both fog lights were replaced and the lower part of the tailgate lock was re-fixed, although neither showed any abnormalities in the test car. Also without any problemsthe trunk flap, known as the twin door, works, which, despite the notchback silhouette, allows large access to the loading compartment if necessary, but normally only reveals a small opening.

Combi costs only 700 euros more

Impatient users complain about the small but noticeable delay that the reliably working mechanism needs to clamp the small lid with the rear window together to form a large flap. With a maximum volume of 1,670 liters, the sedan outshines many a mid-range station wagon. Those who prefer the big mouth, however, now have an attractive alternative. As an elegant station wagon, the Skoda costs only 700 euros more than the sedan and has an even larger luggage compartment. With that, the Superb should finally establish itself in the middle class dominated by station wagons.

Model maintenance

Introduction:

The second Superb generation has been on the market since July 2008.

Engines:

- Petrol: 1.4 TSI (125 PS), 1.8 TSI (160 PS) also with all-wheel drive, 3.6 V6 4x4 (260 PS). - Diesel: 1.9 TDI (105 PS) also as Greenline, 2.0 TDI (140 PS), 2.0 TDI (170 PS) also as 4x4.

Approvals:

Since the start in July 2008, around 10,000 Superbs have been approved in Germany.

Changes:

- October 2008: Introduction of 3.6 V6 4x4 and 1.8 TSI 4x4.
- May 2009: All petrol engines and 2.0 TDI (170 PS) meet the Euro 5 standard .
- October 2009: Greenline reduced to 129 g CO2 /km.
- January 2010: Market launch of the Superb Combi (photo). March 2010: 2.0 TDI (140 PS) with Euro 5-compliant Common Rail.

T ops & flops

TOPS

Serious as one Notchback sedan, but as variable as a hatchback with a large tailgate - the standard twin-door solution of the Superb is intended to satisfy both requirements. Some found this unnecessarily complicated and only pleaded for the big mouth. But the small opening undoubtedly has its advantages in garages with low ceilings.

FLOPS

From the outside, the rear window doesn't seem particularly small, but the view does from the cockpit reveals little more than a viewing slit. If tall passengers are still sitting in the rear, the view, especially towards the rear, is almost zero. Parking beeps at the rear are therefore highly recommended, but are not part of the basic scope.

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