RE: Skoda Superb Estate 280 Sportline: PH Fleet

RE: Skoda Superb Estate 280 Sportline: PH Fleet

Tuesday 2nd January

Skoda Superb Estate 280 Sportline: PH Fleet

As 2018 begins, our long term review of Skoda's superlative estate comes to an end...



So, our time with the Superb is up, and hasn't it flown? Over the past nine months it has hauled the PH team and, more often than not, an overabundance of our equipment, more than 15,750 miles. From the unrelenting heat of our Le Mans campsite to the rather cooler climes of a Scottish road trip, the Skoda has been unfailingly capable and reliable.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine has proven a refreshing alternative to the usual selection of diesels. Putting out 280hp in this installation, the EA888 turbo bestows the Sportline with an impressive turn of pace, should conditions allow, whilst enabling exceptionally smooth progress the rest of the time, and without treading on the toes of the Golf R Estate.


There's been more to the 280 Sportline than speed alone, however. The combination of Haldex all-wheel drive and Dynamic Chassis Control has provided a pleasingly responsive driving experience, particularly for such a large vehicle. The Superb has always felt smaller and easier to place than its size and volume suggest it should; the precise steering and sharp styling belying the car's true stature from inside and out.

We do, of course, have to address the elephant in the Skoda's pachydermally proportioned posterior: its price. At £35,300 as standard - and £40,255 as tested - this iteration is in an entirely different league to the £21,170 entry-level car which shares its name. Preconceptions set firmly aside, though, it sufficiently holds its own, with refinement befitting a car of such an enhanced echelon. From the heated leather and suede seats, to the mileage-dissipating Automatic Cruise Control, via smart touches like the umbrellas hidden in the doors - Rolls-Royce style - everything but the badge suggests a car worthy of its price.


That badge, though, is what makes it so PH-worthy. Not only is it fast, practical and modest right out of the box, but it'll make an incredible bargain for a secondhand buyer in the classifieds one day. That's a story for then, though; for now, we have to bid our car farewell.

Heading home to Wales for Christmas was really the perfect opportunity to reflect on the Skoda's breadth of ability. Over the past year the rear seats have found themselves upright about as infrequently as the inhabitants of Love Island but, finally ridden of our Sunday Service gear, the Superb carried its four occupants and their assemblage of luggage and gifts down the M4 in quiet comfort. Once two lanes replaced six, a shift from Comfort to Sport made the journey along the A40 far more entertaining, and upon arrival the Virtual Pedal and variable boot floor made unloading a breeze.


The intention had been to give the Skoda the send off it deserves, with a full valet and wash preceding a farewell photo shoot. Of course, the weather had other plans, and as the Brecon Beacons beckoned a blizzard descended, demonstrating that Haldex is good for more than just getting off the line in a hurry.

Despite dealing with the conditions easily, no car is immune to the muddy slush such weather precedes. The glimmer of its post-wash paint and sparkle of its clean rims were soon distant memories, but, with another wash sure to be ruined even more quickly, we forged on. This, it turns out, was really the most fitting way to say goodbye to the Superb, highlighting as it does its most endearing characteristic: it just gets on with things.


You never feel the need to pamper it like you would a more premium badged machine, and it never asks you to either. It can be driven quickly, enjoyably, without worrying about consumables - except fuel, perhaps. It can be driven more slowly, comfortably, without fretting that you're wasting its potential. It can be parked outside Lidl without looking brash as easily as it can do the school run without appearing 'budget' - if such things matter to you. It just fits in. The well appointed interior will still take four pairs of muddy wellies - or, with the seats down, a mountain of PH merch - and come out of the encounter unscathed. During its time with us, it has been used variously by many people, all of whom have without fail reported back with surprise at the quality of the car they've experienced.

Does it make any sense as a new purchase? At this price? There'll be much debate around that and almost all of it will centre around the fact that it's a Skoda, because, as a car, yes it absolutely does. As an asset which will depreciate considerably faster than equally priced but alternatively badged rivals, no, it probably doesn't. Whether to buy one, be it new or used, is up to you though. All we can say, is that only a brand as unassuming as Skoda could get away with giving a car such a braggadocious name, but in doing so they've hit the nail on the head; it really is... excellent.


FACT SHEET

Car: Skoda Superb Estate 280 Sportline
On fleet since: February 2017
Mileage: 15,765
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 tow bar, £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: The Skoda leaves some very roomy boots for its successor to fill!

Previous reports:
The big Skoda has a big job to do!
Drag racing a Skoda? Completed it
Scotland shows off Skoda at its Superb best
What does PH want for Christmas? A Superb for longer!

 

 

 

 

 

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Daveyraveygravey

Original Poster:

1,323 posts

115 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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I might be looking at one of these in a few more years, to replace the Octavia Hatch I have now. What's the comfort like in the back? We drive down to Italy once a year, and although there is plenty of room, the seat itself isn't that comfy. Otherwise it has been a great car, spot on for my needs.

alfie2244

7,060 posts

119 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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We often have 3 largish adults or 2 adults and a child seat in the back of ours. They all comment how comfortable and roomy it is. Even the teenagers like it as, unexpectedly being a Skoda, it doesn't seem to ruin their street cred.

Not taken it proper off road yet but the 4x4 worked well in the recent snow /slush. 2.0 TDi is more than adequate but may opt for a more powerful petrol when it's time to replace it.....excellent big car that even the wife enjoys driving.

GTEYE

1,175 posts

141 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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Daveyraveygravey said:
I might be looking at one of these in a few more years, to replace the Octavia Hatch I have now. What's the comfort like in the back? We drive down to Italy once a year, and although there is plenty of room, the seat itself isn't that comfy. Otherwise it has been a great car, spot on for my needs.
My local taxi firm at Stansted runs a fleet of Superbs - and I have to say the back seat comfort and space (especially with the heated rear seats option) is outstanding....

cmoose

41,981 posts

160 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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Handsome car. Pity you can't have one with a nice, cultured six-pot lump. Would make for quite the modern day W124 (well, S124, I suppose) if you could.

wst

2,928 posts

92 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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Definitely going to bear one of these in mind when it's time to replace the Mazda 6, I will just avoid mentioning the power and focus on the lack of soot in the exhaust fumes and the vast amount of space it has laugh
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Ahonen

4,239 posts

210 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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I used to have a Mk1 Fabia vRS and I'm well aware that we're decades down the road from the old Estelle etc and that the Superb is probably very good, but I still find the idea of a 40 grand Skoda almost unbelievable.

Turbobanana

1,006 posts

132 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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"You never feel the need to pamper it like you would a more premium badged machine, and it never asks you to either".

What does this mean exactly? "Premium badged" stuff is more likely to break? Or is it the misguided view that buyers of Skodas still have their expectations set at ground level?

I think badge snobbery is a thing of the past. To me now, it seems to be more about the conspicuous display of wealth because, as has been established in these hallowed pages with the likes of the Stinger / i30N / this Skoda, the dynamic ability of the product is no longer necessarily proportional to the price and / or "premium" status of its manufacturer.

kambites

54,347 posts

152 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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Turbobanana said:
I think badge snobbery is a thing of the past.
Sadly not, for many people.

liner33

7,118 posts

133 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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I thought about replacing my Octavia VRS with one of these this year , had a diesel Superb for 6 years and they are cavernous inside , loads of room in the back and the estates even more so , just cant face paying £40k for one , although there are some decent discounts around through places like Carwow its still £36k+ for the spec I want

Teebs

1,644 posts

146 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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kambites said:
Sadly not, for many people.
I've got a Superb, alas only the diesel version. I can assure you that badge snobbery is still alive and kicking.

Love mine, 67k in and it's been a brilliant family car. Would highly recommend them.

Fuzzy69r

45 posts

14 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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kambites said:
Turbobanana said:
I think badge snobbery is a thing of the past.
Sadly not, for many people.
Yeah welcome to the silly car buying agenda that still goes on in aberdeen even after the oil companies gave a lot of people up here a severe boot in the bks . This past few years have certainly opened my eyes , especially as I was one of those fools who was easily parted with his cash at the hands of Audi .
Now things are different I certainly am putting a lot more thought into a new car and I would gladly choose the new Kia stinger over the S4 ( priced up the S4 to get a near spec that comes as std on the Kia and the S4 comes in at 56k !! ) .



JackReacher

1,215 posts

146 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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kambites said:
Turbobanana said:
I think badge snobbery is a thing of the past.
Sadly not, for many people.
Yes it's still rife, sadly. However, Skoda have done incredibly well. We all know that they are VAG underneath, and make solid cars, but I'm surprised at how the understated Surrey set have taken to them, plenty of Yeti and Kodiaqs around. As a brand, they seem to sit where Volvo and Saab used to be, alongside VW, below the premium German brands but above Vauxhall/Ford and the Japanese, that's quite some progress.

Scottie - NW

788 posts

164 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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What does one of these weigh in 280 spec?

gumsie

670 posts

140 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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kambites said:
Sadly not, for many people.
Badge snobbery ill always be here. If you're one that shops in Next, Tesco, Waitrose or buys branded clothes, TVs before you've even considered a cheaper no name brand then you sir/madam are one too.
It'll always be there an I don't really have a problem with it. Neither should you?

Next door wants to buy a crappy Bentley ? Let them.

Stormfly1985

949 posts

97 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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I'd imagine that has lost 50% off its RRP in 12 months? Be a good buy in another year or two smile

HannsG

2,206 posts

65 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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I had a MK1 Fabia VRS. Loved that car and my wife was doing high miles in it.

Badge snobbery exists. She loved the car but hated the idea of driving a Skoda.

My next car will be another Skoda. Something like a Octavia VRS or this beast. In petrol obviously

FN2TypeR

5,382 posts

24 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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Daveyraveygravey said:
I might be looking at one of these in a few more years, to replace the Octavia Hatch I have now. What's the comfort like in the back? We drive down to Italy once a year, and although there is plenty of room, the seat itself isn't that comfy. Otherwise it has been a great car, spot on for my needs.
Sensational, frankly. Great leg room and comfortable seats, I have been in a few (non cooking models) that were being used as taxis, I was impressed.

kambites

54,347 posts

152 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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gumsie said:
Neither should you?
I don't really. It's their loss.

Bobo W

586 posts

183 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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Love the idea of £600 for a Virtual Pedal and £20 for a waste bin, sounds a bit "emperors new clothes"

thelawnet1

1,526 posts

86 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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Bobo W said:
Love the idea of £600 for a Virtual Pedal and £20 for a waste bin, sounds a bit "emperors new clothes"
nobody actually paid for those things so it's ok. Also I think foot-opening boots are a thing across all manufacturers now, and unless you buy a Japanese car someone will expect you to pay for it until eventually it becomes standard in a decade or so.
anyway someone will buy this for £3k in a few years by which time every new car will have a virtual pedal and you can stop complaining