Sportline trim has just been added to the Superb showroom range, as it has to that of other models within the Czech firm’s catalogue, as part of a model-year refresh!
Unlike some sporty derivative treatments, it sits in the mid-range of the Skoda Superb buying hierarchy; there are “Sportline Plus” and “Laurin” & “Klement” options above it, and another three trims below.
It’s the go-faster treatment done with a particularly light touch and just enough mechanical and cosmetic purpose to suit a car like this – and it’s surprisingly easy to like. On the outside you get Nineteen-inch alloy wheels, understated sports bumpers and a light dusting of gloss back body trim mark out the exterior, along with badging discreet enough to be overlooked by the majority. On the inside you get Alcantara sports seats, three-spoke steering wheel, polished pedals and some slightly generic but inoffensive-looking faux carbon fibre decorative trim. Under the skin, you get lowered, stiffened sport suspension and a hint of additional brake-based torque vectoring over and above what a normal Superb is capable of.
You can have a 148bhp petrol or diesel engine in your Skoda Superb Sportline, or a 187bhp diesel, if you fancy one; the punchier diesel’s the only other four-wheel-drive option. The Superb is big both inside and out; even by the standards of a lot of £40,000 saloons. The Sportline treatment doesn’t change any of that. It’s not one of those sporty options that misses out on boot space, or room for a spare wheel because it’s mid-level trim and so that gigantic 660 litre boot is impressive and rises to nearly 2000 litres with the seats folded. In the second-row seats there’s room for even taller adults to stretch out. Up front, the car’s driving position is fine; not particularly low, but all the more convenient for daily use as a result of that. The car’s sports seats offer a nice blend of everyday comfort, lateral support and understated material richness.
Should you get one?
The Skoda Superb Sportline has all the pace and poise you’re likely to need on the road and it won’t annoy you on the office commute. It’s smart and stealthy, and it doesn’t shout “look at me” at every other person on the road. It could be more exciting, admittedly. But on top of everything else, this is every inch the big, quiet, solid, comfy and easy-going car that we’d all want a Superb Estate to be.
Pros ‘n’ Cons
• Styling √
• Ride Comfort √
• Boot Space √
• Transmission X
• Price X
(Sportline Estate 2.0 TSI Specification)
• Max speed: 155 mph
• 0-62 mph: 5.5 seconds
• Range: 33.2mpg
• Engine layout: 4 Cylinder Turbocharged
• Max. power: 268bhp
• CO2: To Be Announced g/km
• Price: £36,495
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