Skoda Superb (2020)
ŠKODA has refined the SUPERB’s dynamic and elegant design. The carmaker has also upgraded its top model with new technologies and an even more exquisite interior. The full LED Matrix headlights and several new assistance systems are making their debut in a production model from the Czech brand. With a generous amount of interior space and a boot capacity of 625 l in the hatchback and 660 l in the estate, the SUPERB continues to set benchmarks in the segment.
One technological highlight of the updated ŠKODA SUPERB is its full LED Matrix headlights, which are making their debut in a ŠKODA production model. This innovative system generates a light beam consisting of several segments, which it controls individually. This prevents other road users from being dazzled, despite the high beam being on at all times. The intelligent technology uses the camera on the windscreen to detect oncoming traffic as well as people and objects reflecting the light, and a control unit to immediately turn off individual segments of the light beam.
The adaptive, crystalline-effect full LED Matrix headlights bear ‘ŠKODA Crystal Lighting’ lettering in their housings and offer different lighting modes for different driving situations and weather conditions. These consist of an LED module for the dipped and high beam, three further LED high beam segments, a static LED cornering light, a narrow LED strip providing the indicators, daytime running and position lights, as well as needle-like LED structures used as part of the animated Coming/Leaving Home function. The redesigned fog lights with cornering function also use the four LED light sources. The full LED tail lights come with dynamic rear indicators that illuminate in an outward sweeping motion, not only making the signal even easier to see and more noticeable, but also creating additional dynamics.
Another feature of the innovative full LED Matrix system is the animated Coming/Leaving Home function, which automatically turns parts of the headlights and tail lights on and off when getting into or out of the car.
New, further enhanced assistance systems for added safety
In addition to the Matrix technology for the high beam, two other assistance systems are also making their debut in a ŠKODA production vehicle. The latest version of Predictive Cruise Control uses images from the camera on the windscreen and data from the navigation system to detect speed restrictions as well as bends, and automatically adjusts the speed in anticipation. The new Emergency Assist for multi-lane roads automatically steers the car to the roadside in emergencies, where it brings the car to a stop. It does so in a controlled manner and taking into account traffic in other lanes. To do this, the system uses Lane Assist and Park Assist as well as the radar sensors belonging to Side Assist. Whilst the familiar Blind Spot Detect has a range of up to 20 m, Side Assist works at a distance of up to 70 m. Furthermore, the ŠKODA SUPERB now also offers Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian Protection. This warns of a potential collision visually, acoustically and by gently applying the brakes, and automatically slows the car down in emergencies. Also making their ŠKODA debut in all of the SUPERB models are a new electromechanical brake booster and aerodynamic covers on the rear axle suspension, which improve driving stability.
Three diesel and three petrol engines
In addition to the plug-in hybrid drive available for the new ŠKODA SUPERB iV, there is a choice of six other engines which all fulfil the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. There are ten different engine/drive combinations to choose from. The 1.6 TDI producing 88 kW (120 PS) is fitted with a 7-speed DSG as standard. For the 2.0 TDI delivering 110 kW (150 PS) – the first TDI from the latest EVO generation – the power is transmitted by either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TDI diesel offering 140 kW (190 PS) comes with a 7-speed DSG as standard and all-wheel drive is optional. All three diesel engines are equipped with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter. The 1.5 TSI outputting 110 kW (150 PS) is the entry-level petrol engine and is available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG. The new 2.0 TSI outputting 140 kW (190 PS) features a 7-speed DSG as standard; the top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI delivering 200 kW (272 PS) comes with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG as standard. All three TSIs are fitted with a petrol particulate filter.
New ŠKODA grille and a chrome trim at the rear
ŠKODA has slightly modified the exterior of the SUPERB and has carefully refined the front section. The redesigned front bumper means the car’s length has increased by 8 mm to 4,869 mm in the ŠKODA SUPERB, and by 6 mm to 4,862 mm in the ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI. The wheelbase measures 2,841 mm, whilst the car’s width is 1,864 mm. Its height is 1,469 mm, or 1,477 mm in the estate. By offering a boot capacity that ranges from 625 to 1,760 l in the ŠKODA SUPERB and 660 to 1,950 l in the ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI, the Czech car manufacturer’s top model remains the very best in the segment.
The typical ŠKODA grille now bears double slats, is larger and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. Even in their entry-level version, the narrower headlights come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam, daytime running lights and position light, – and now reach up to the grille. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim, which connects the full LED tail lights and the new ‘ŠKODA’ block lettering catch the eye. As part of the optional ambient lighting, LED spotlights project ‘ŠKODA’ onto the ground when the doors are opened. Completing the model update, new 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels and the colours Crystal Black and Race Blue have been added to the range of customisation options.
The top trim level, L&K, offers identical dimensions but the Air Curtains, side sills and rear bumper set themselves apart with new chrome details. It can also be identified by the ‘Laurin & Klement’ lettering on the front wings. Chrome trim surrounds and connects the fog lights in the front air inlet. The aerodynamically optimised 18-inch Propus Aero alloy wheels – available as standard – are new; and the standard equipment for the L&K variant also includes adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control.
Exquisite chrome details and new seat covers in the interior
The interior of the ŠKODA SUPERB appears refined and elegant thanks to new chrome highlights on the instrument panel and door trims as well as new seat covers in the Ambition and Style trim levels. The revised ŠKODA SUPERB also comes with new decorative trims for the centre console and dashboard. The coloured contrasting stitching on the leather and Alcantara® seats as well as on the armrests in the doors is new too. The storage compartments below these are illuminated. Using the optional keyless vehicle entry system (KESSY), all of the car’s four doors can be opened straight away; the KESSY GO start button comes as standard. For the L&K version, there is now the option of an Alcantara® roof lining in black or beige including lined roof pillars. The ‘Laurin & Klement’ lettering adorns the passenger side of the dashboard’s Piano Black or beige decorative trim as well as the front backrests. These offer electric adjustment with a memory function. Ventilated front seats and a massage function for the driver’s seat are available as options for the L&K version.
An even longer list of Simply Clever features
The SUPERB family is also equipped with a wealth of Simply Clever solutions ŠKODA uses to make customers’ lives and the handling of their car that little bit easier. And three more features have been added during the update. In addition to wirelessly connecting smartphones to the car’s aerial, the new enlarged Phone Box also enables inductive charging. For the first time in a ŠKODA, there is a Space Organiser below the false boot floor – a shallow, divided tray for securely storing all kinds of equipment. Also new is an optional, Flexible Organiser in the luggage compartment with a movable horizontal bar on the adjustable false boot floor. The false boot floor is available exclusively for the estate version.
Two infotainment systems with navigation function
In the ŠKODA SUPERB, there is an optional Virtual Cockpit and a choice of three different infotainment systems, two of which also offer a navigation function. The Bolero radio and the Amundsen navigation system, including maps on an SD card, each come with an 8-inch touchscreen. The Columbus infotainment system displays information on a 9.2-inch touchscreen, and features gesture and voice control, as well as a DVD player and a hard drive for music and videos. SmartLink technology comes as standard for all of the systems, and enables access to smartphone apps via the infotainment system’s display. A SIM card provides Internet access, a Wi-Fi hotspot and access to the ŠKODA Connect mobile online services. The L&K version is fitted with a CANTON sound system as standard.
ŠKODA SUPERB SPORTLINE: an elegant sportster
The dynamic ŠKODA SUPERB SPORTLINE is the sportster among the SUPERB family and differentiates itself from its siblings using striking black features. The SUPERB SPORTLINE, which is available as a hatchback and estate, sports a remodelled radiator grille and 18-inch alloy wheels – both of which come in black. The radiator grille frame and the trim between the full LED tail lights are also gloss black. Full LED Matrix headlights and a sports chassis, which has been lowered by 10 mm, are included as standard. The black interior sets itself apart with sport seats featuring Alcantara®/leather covers and the option of extending the seat surface.
The revised ŠKODA SUPERB SPORTLINE assumes the role of the dynamic sportster among the SUPERB family. Its athletic appearance is emphasised by black details, such as the trim framing the redesigned radiator grille – which is also black – or the new horizontal high-gloss strip positioned between the full LED tail lights. Full LED Matrix headlights and dynamic rear indicators are also included in the standard equipment. The remodelled front bumper with a honeycomb texture and black 18-inch Zenith alloy wheels underline the car’s dynamic design. Burnished 19-inch anthracite Vega and black Supernova alloy wheels are available as options.
Wide range of engines for the ŠKODA SUPERB SPORTLINE
The ŠKODA SUPERB SPORTLINE is available with any of the model range’s engines, with the exception of the 1.6 TDI delivering 88 kW (120 PS); it is also available as a SUPERB iV with plug-in hybrid drive and a power output of 160 kW (218 PS). All engines fulfil the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. The most powerful petrol engine, the 2.0 TSI outputting 200 kW (272 PS), features all-wheel drive as standard; this is optional for the top-of-the-range 2.0 TDI diesel producing 140 kW (190 PS). The 10-mm-lower sports chassis comes as standard.
Alcantara®, leather and carbon-effect interior
In the predominantly black interior, the driver and front passenger find themselves seated in Alcantara®/leather sports seats with contrasting stitching and integrated headrests – extendable front seats are available as an option. Further SPORTLINE highlights include a three-spoke leather steering wheel with contrasting stitching, decorative strips with a black, carbon-effect appearance and chrome accents. As an option and for the first time, the ŠKODA SUPERB SPORTLINE’s roof lining and pillars can also be clad in elegant black Alcantara®. The KESSY keyless entry system for all doors and LED ambient lighting come as standard as well. The special Performance Monitor informs sporty and ambitious drivers of G-forces as well as oil and water temperatures on the central display.