Fourth-generation Skoda Superb: always hybrid, even bigger and smarter
Dimensions Skoda Superb
The fourth-generation Skoda Superb is slightly longer than generation III. The Hatchback now measures 4.91 meters (+4.0 cm) and the Combi 4.90 meters (+4.3 cm). The width is 1.85 meters (-1.5 cm). Both the Hatchback and Combi are 1.48 meters high and the wheelbase is a generous 2.84 meters. Thanks to that substantial wheelbase, occupants enjoy plenty of interior space.
Luggage space Skoda Superb
In doing so, the new Superb models offer even more headroom in both the front and rear, and even the luggage compartments have grown. That of the Hatchback now has a capacity of 645 liters (+20 l) and in the Combi the available volume is 690 liters (+30 l). Folding down the Combi’s rear seats expands that to 1,920 liters.
Active aero elements
The design of the Skoda Superb is an evolution from the outgoing model. Thanks to active aero elements such as a lockable central air intake and regulated airflow from the radiator fan to the brakes, the streamline is very favorable: the Superb Hatchback has a Cw value of only 0.23 (Combi 0.25).
New design language from Skoda
The new Superb also features the new Skoda design language. The octagonal grille is an eye-catcher, especially in combination with the new LED Matrix headlights. The sleek light units feature separate LED modules with a total of 36 matrix segments for low and high beam. In between is daytime running lights in the form of a crystal. A light strip connects the slim C-shaped taillight units. Depending on the chosen (additional) version, the new Superb comes with wheel sizes ranging from 16 to 19 inches.
Interior fourth-generation Skoda Superb
As standard, every Skoda Superb has the 10-inch Virtual Cockpit. For the first time, the top-of-the-line model comes standard with a freestanding 13-inch infotainment screen with voice and gesture controls. Over-the-air updates for the infotainment system are possible because the car is always online. A head-up display is optional. The center console makes a tidy impression as the selector of the standard DSG transmission is now placed on the steering column. A manual transmission is no longer available.
Smart Dials contribute to ease of operation. The operator can self-configure these rotary and push buttons with integrated color display (32 mm). These include controlling the sound volume, ventilation flow and smart air conditioning and selecting driving modes. A Smart Dial can also be used to zoom in on the navigation map. In addition, there are physical buttons for window ventilation, rear window heating, air recirculation and functions of the automatic air conditioning.
Climate Control Menu
Through the Climate Control Menu button, seat, steering wheel and front and rear window heaters are easily controlled. In the new Phonebox, two phones can be quickly charged wirelessly (15 W) and the interior features several 45 W USB-C ports, which can be used to charge laptops and tablets, for example.
The Superb can be optionally ordered with Ergo seats upholstered in perforated leather and featuring heating/ventilation, massage and memory functions including Smart Comfort Entry. In all models, the upholstery fabrics – including those of the headliner – are made from 100 percent recycled materials.
What’s Simply Clever?
A new Superb also means new Simply Clever features. For example, the Skoda Superb Combi now has an electrically operated luggage compartment cover. The Jumbo Box under the center armrest has a capacity of a whopping 5.5 liters. Included in the box are a 12V outlet, a removable glasses compartment and a holder for display cleaners. Also new are holders for smartphones integrated into the rear of the seatbacks and the sliding rear center armrest with cup holders and a storage area for tablets.
The powertrains: always a hybrid
In the Netherlands, the new Superb comes with a choice of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The Skoda Superb Combi Plug-In Hybrid has a system output of 150 kW (204 hp). This car has a 25.7 kWh battery that enables an electric range of as much as 100 kilometers (WLTP). Charging can be done with 11 kW (wallbox, public charging points) and even faster with 50 kW fast charging (25 minutes from 10-80%). Those are neat numbers!
The Skoda Superb 1.5 TSI e-TEC with 110 kW (150 hp) has mild-hybrid technology with a 48-volt belt-driven starter generator, a lithium-ion battery and the latest generation of cylinder deactivation (ACT+). The electricity recovered when braking can provide a power boost, but can also be used to “sail” with the gasoline engine turned off. More information on the lineup, exact specifications and pricing will be announced ahead of the market launch.
Driver assistance systems
The new generation Skoda Superb is available with several driver assistance systems. For the first time, it comes with Turn Assist, which warns of oncoming vehicles when turning. To avoid a collision, automatic braking may follow. Emergency Steering Assist amplifies steering interventions designed to swerve at speeds between 30 and 150 mph. ESC also steps in to prevent under- or oversteer. Crossroad Assist uses radar sensors and a camera to warn of traffic participants approaching from the left or right. If the driver does not respond to the warning signals, braking follows. When the door is open, Exit Warning warns of approaching traffic from behind. The range is 35 meters and the system covers a 120-degree angle. Intelligent Park Assist enables automatic parking.
Many existing driver assistance systems have been further refined thanks to better sensors and cameras. For example, Travel Assist makes vehicles in the immediate vicinity even more visible in the Virtual Cockpit. In the Assisted Drive Basic package, Adaptive Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control work together with navigation to adjust speed at turns, intersections and traffic circles.
Traffic Jam Assist uses the functions of Adaptive Cruise Control and Adaptive Lane Assist to enable partially automated driving in heavy traffic (speeds up to 60 mph). Side Assist now “sees” traffic approaching from behind as early as 90 meters away (was 70 meters) and Front Assist now “recognizes” cyclists.
If Attention and Drowsiness Assist detects fatigue, it alerts the driver. Crew Protect Assist comes into action in the event of emergency braking and/or an impending collision. The system automatically closes open windows and the panoramic roof, it tightens seat belts and activates alarm lights.
Emergency Assist can automatically stop the Superb in the event of a (medical) emergency and send an emergency call. The doors are unlocked for the purpose of emergency services and the interior lights are then turned on.