Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Superb has a classy, restrained design that thankfully avoids many of today’s over-styled design traits such as supersized wheel arches and dramatic cutlines on every panel. The clever dual-opening boot/hatch (yes, you can open just the boot or the large hatch) means it’s a legitimate and more-than-worthy competitor to the fashionable SUV.
Not so good The Superb's width is narrower than its competitors (it’s based on the platform of smaller vehicles in the Volkswagen Group and basically has a stretched wheelbase) means it’ll never look sporty (however, sometimes 'sportiness' is ranked higher on the marketer's list than the consumer's).
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good You’ll struggle to find a classier interior for the same money – the surfaces feel premium and the build quality is excellent. Higher grades feature beautifully soft leather and real wood trim that actually looks real (competitors are you listening!?) The dash is cleanly & logically arranged and the small diameter steering wheel feels just right. Rear seat legroom embarrasses any SUV, and the cargo space is equally large - for carrying huge loads the rear seat folds down. We found the unique sedan/hatch dual opening very useful – open the boots for shopping and the hatch for your bike...
Not so good The narrower cabin width means less shoulder room for three adults in the rear (however, for most of the target market this is unlikely to be a key factor). Rear visibility is slightly diminished due to the sloping hatch design. The V6 grade makes do with a space saver spare tyre.
Performance

Performance

Good Skoda may be leading the pack here!? A 4-cylinder 1.8L engine in a vehicle of this size may initially be scoffed at, but don't dismiss it - the specs show this combination has its merits. The 2.0L Turbo Diesel is another environmentally-friendly choice and even the naturally-aspirated 3.6L Petrol engine’s fuel economy figures are entirely reasonable for the enjoyable, growly performance on offer. As usual Volkswagen’s DSG (dual clutch) automatic gearbox works well.
Not so good The V6 prefers premium unleaded ($$$) and its fuel economy is similar to its Large V6-powered sedan competitors (however, still far better than large-sized petrol powered SUV’s).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The handling is impressive for a vehicle of this size, whilst the ride stays refined. The all-wheel drive system in the range-topping V6 variant means traction all year round – no matter what the weather!
Not so good The track is narrower than some, so handling is good rather than brilliant. It’ll never be as fun to drive, as say a V8-powered Commodore, if the larrikin inside you is alive and kicking.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Restrained colours (such as burgundy) suit the Superb’s elegant lines. We liked how the interior lights up when unlocking the car at night (do the Volkswagen Group spend more money here than competitors?) it just feels more special than most. Safety comes as standard with nine airbags, ABS brakes and electronic stability control on all grades.
Not so good We don’t understand why (as the Superb is...well...almost Superb) but the facts remain that at this price point, Australians choose to buy SUV’s over Large sedans? Add the fact that Skoda is a new brand in Australia (re-launched 2007) and we can only presume that resale won’t be industry leading.