RE: Skoda Superb Estate 280: PH Fleet

RE: Skoda Superb Estate 280: PH Fleet

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Skoda Superb Estate 280 Sportline: PH Fleet

We welcome the latest addition to the PH fleet, our answer to Thunderbird 2!



As you may know, here at PH we run a lot of events. Most weekends some (or all) of the PH team can be found camped out at a Sunday Service, a show, a motorsport event or something similar. If not, then they can probably be found on a photoshoot, on a new car launch or on their way to the airport... for a new car launch. Regardless of the endeavour, the bottom line is that we often require a load lugger to subsidise the regular PH Fleet, as they are not typically vehicles chosen for their practicality. This became especially apparent after Dan and I spent a significant amount of time trying to fit some wheels and tyres into his F-Type. It didn't end well for anyone, but the tyres did make it...


Initially we approached manufacturers about a van of some sort but - while we haven't permanently ruled this out - we wanted to find something similarly capacious but which was still slightly more, well, 'PH'. What we needed was a mobile HQ that could support all of our activities, PH's answer to Thunderbird Two if you will. And that's just what we have in the form of the latest Skoda Superb, although it is less green. And can't really fly.

Anyone who has ever travelled in a Superb will be able to testify to the fact that they are huge. Though the exterior dimensions suggest that it is going to be big, they don't prepare you for just how vast the car is. Obviously being the estate version only adds to this, but the first time I got in the car and shut the door I swear I heard an echo. But is it big enough to haul around all our Sunday Service equipment? Yes and no. Given it has a mammoth 1,950 litres of capacity with the seats down, it easily swallowed our gear. However, we often have to carry passengers in the back of the car at the same time as all that gear, so we've installed a set of Skoda roof bars which allowed us to make use of our Thule Dynamic L roof box, last called into action for our 2016 Le Mans trip. Now we can carry all of our stuff, have our cake, eat the cake and share it with the passengers travelling in limo-like comfort behind. Estates with roof boxes do look cooler as well, don't they?


And talking of looks, I struggle to see how anyone could say the car doesn't look fantastic. Skoda deserves credit for making the latest Superb look both subtle and stylish, and for disguising its size. This is also enhanced by the exterior styling additions that the 'Sportline' package brings, which mainly involves a lot of gloss black pieces of trim (the full spec sheet can be seen below). On top of this, we've gone with black paint and anthracite graphics for a stealthy approach.

But enough talk of practicality, this is PH! The snappily titled Superb Sportline Estate 2.0 TSI 280 4x4 DSG is not your average Skoda, as you may be able to tell. Featuring the same turbocharged 2.0-litre EA888 turbo as found in a number of other Volkswagen group cars, in this application it boasts 280hp. This is mated to its also ubiquitous six-speed DSG transmission and power is transferred to all four wheels via the Haldex 4x4 system. In simple terms, you could sum up the car by saying it is a bit like a Golf R with slightly less power, loads more space and a lot more rarity! In terms of real world performance, this analogy can be carried over too: it goes, stops and turns a bit like a Golf R with slightly less power, loads more... you get my point.

Initial impressions suggest that the juxtaposition of great luxury, epic practicality, a surprisingly capable chassis and plentiful performance is a bit of a winner. Thus far all members of the PH team who have driven it have fallen head over heels in love with the Superb and it seems that we've ended up with the perfect car for our needs. We've got a full year to get to know the car and find out just how capable it is. It will be kept busy by attending all PH events, so if you see it at a Sunday Service please feel free to have a good nose around; and if you do see it out on the road be sure to give us a toot and a wave!


FACT SHEET
Car
: Skoda Superb 280 Estate
On fleet since: February 2017
Mileage: 2,958
List price new: £35,300 (As tested £40,255 comprising £600 for CANTON sound system, £435 for Crew protection assist and rear side airbags, £750 for Dynamic Chassis control, £350 for front and rear parking sensors, £250 for heated front seats, £765 for integrated towbar, £45 for ISOFIX on front passenger seat, £150 for LED light package rear, £350 for rear-view parking camera, £90 for rear backrest releases from boot, £100 for temporary space saver spare wheel, £150 for variable boot floor, £600 for virtual pedal, £20 for waste bin in door panel and £300 for wireless phone charging with bluetooth)
Last month at a glance: Welcoming the behemoth Skoda to the fleet!

 

 

[Photos: Chris Teagles]

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Discussion

daveco

Original Poster:

3,556 posts

141 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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These really are fantastic VFM though they can get pricey if you decide to go for the 190hp engine with the DSG box with just a few extras. You can pretty much double the price of a boggo 150hp diesel manual of the same model!

JackReacher

1,249 posts

149 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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It's a handsome estate car no doubt, the sportline trim does make it look very smart without going overboard with "sporty" add on's. Don't understand why they don't just put the full 300bhp engine in, rather than playing silly brand hierarchy games.

No doubt much less likely to get nicked than a Golf R estate.

What are your initial impressions of Canton? I sat in an Octavia with it at Geneva and was very impressed
And - how do you find the refinement compared to Octavia 230 you had?

Edited by JackReacher on Thursday 23 March 09:11

kambites

55,062 posts

155 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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I suppose cars like this are arguably the biggest benefactors of the MQB platform's enormous flexibility. It makes it affordable to produce relatively niche variants which otherwise almost certainly wouldn't exist.

brayash

261 posts

131 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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You mean Thunderbird 2.

Nik Attard

71 posts

117 months

Content and Production Fella

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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brayash said:
You mean Thunderbird 2.
You sir are indeed correct! James will need to brush up on his Thunderbirds!

Thanks,

Nik
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Timmay0

420 posts

129 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Fantastic looking car, and exactly what I'll be looking for in 3 years or so when I start to get bored of my Octavia VRS estate.
What's a £600 virtual pedal though?

silentbrown

3,873 posts

50 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Glad I'm not the only one that knows this stuff smile


Superb 280 looks like a great car if you can find a suitable lease deal. Not sure I'd fancy the depreciation on actually owning one of those.

HannsG

2,279 posts

68 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Great car. Just need to find a decent personal lease deal

Numeric

447 posts

85 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Is that Alcantara? Truly that is the lord of all interior seat materials!

silentbrown

3,873 posts

50 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Timmay0 said:
What's a £600 virtual pedal though?
Wave your foot around under the tailgate to try and open it. Another feature I'd pay good money NOT to have.


Vroom101

801 posts

67 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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silentbrown said:
Superb 280 looks like a great car if you can find a suitable lease deal. Not sure I'd fancy the depreciation on actually owning one of those.
Not wanting to turn this into one of those lease Vs owning threads, I thought it was generally accepted that what someone pays over the lease period works out to about same as the depreciation an owner suffers over the same period? I may be wrong though, and if you lease it at least you don't have the hassle of selling.

Anyway, got to applaud Skoda for actually offering a big petrol estate. Not many around anymore. Pretty sure it will be a rare car, although I have heard it's quite popular with traffic police, so if you do see one make sure you're on your best behaviour biggrin

Twoshoe

411 posts

118 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Anyone know if you can get them with a fold-out-from-the-floor 3rd row of seats (à la Merc E-class)?

Shakermaker

7,071 posts

34 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Twoshoe said:
Anyone know if you can get them with a fold-out-from-the-floor 3rd row of seats (à la Merc E-class)?
No, you can't, and probably unlikely to do so now that Skoda have launched their first 7 seater, albeit in SUV form, but for a similar price.

Gez79

45 posts

117 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Going to watch this with interest, I've been considering one of these to replace my 335i next year as I need a bit more space due to extra kids arriving since I bought it.

Am I right in thinking this is dsg only though? Shame as I much prefer manual gearboxes but almost everything I consider replacing my car with its auto only so I guess it's inevitable.

Wild Rumpus

375 posts

108 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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I don't think that the depreciation will be as bad as everyone thinks, for a start the car seems to enjoy something of a cult status. Also, the continuing bad publicity for diesel engine cars is likely to improve the residuals for petrol cars and finally you can get at least £6000 discount on the list price.

EC2

991 posts

187 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Vroom101 said:
silentbrown said:
Superb 280 looks like a great car if you can find a suitable lease deal. Not sure I'd fancy the depreciation on actually owning one of those.
Not wanting to turn this into one of those lease Vs owning threads, I thought it was generally accepted that what someone pays over the lease period works out to about same as the depreciation an owner suffers over the same period? I may be wrong though, and if you lease it at least you don't have the hassle of selling.

Anyway, got to applaud Skoda for actually offering a big petrol estate. Not many around anymore. Pretty sure it will be a rare car, although I have heard it's quite popular with traffic police, so if you do see one make sure you're on your best behaviour biggrin
Very interesting car, they should put that engine in the Passat Estate rather than the twin turbo diesel top of the range.

Anyway, the problem with leasing is that you fix the period of time you have use of the vehicle. If you buy it - on finance or otherwise - you have the option to keep it longer than a lease term. This can dramatically reduce ownership costs as a car will roughly depreciate half between years 3 and 6 as it did between 0 and 3.

Bryans69

47 posts

66 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Currently torn between this and a Golf R Estate. Think the R interior is better (seats and new kit), and will probably be a better drive when pushed, against more practicality, and I think, better looks.

hornetrider

63,161 posts

139 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Test drove a DSG 220 Sportline recently as there were no 280s available locally. Nice drivetrain and this is definitely on the list for my next car.

There is already a longish informative thread on them but it's a bit tumbleweed.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

There are huge discounts available - I specced one on coast2coast out to 37k and they came in at 30k.

harry020

25 posts

33 months

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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40k for a Skoda! Really!

James Drake

2,649 posts

51 months

PH STAFF

Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Nik Attard said:
brayash said:
You mean Thunderbird 2.
You sir are indeed correct! James will need to brush up on his Thunderbirds!

Thanks,

Nik
Ha, epic fail on my part... apologies.

FAB!