Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI in the test

Achim Hartmann
Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI tested
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K future owners of a Skoda Superb Combi should have the human organism know the following: it can go several weeks without food, but only 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

The way from the very back to the very front is a long way. 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 sides, 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 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 partition. 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 on the estate-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 opens Electric only at a surcharge, a level control is neither on the standard equipment norOption list, and also the partition net to the passenger compartment must be ordered separately. 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 car 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. p>

Good acceleration despite high 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 turbocharged 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 when loaded (470 kilograms 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 standard on the Elegance help, 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 especially noticeable on our test drives on extended motorway stretches. The comfort of a fatThe occupants are not offered a down comforter, but the tuning, which is a little tighter than that of 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.

Surcharge for Elegance equipment

After all, the inlays in the artificial fine wood look can be used against Copies made of a material that is surprisingly close to aluminum are exchanged. On the other hand, the leather-Alcantara mix with which the tightly padded 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, seat heating 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.


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