Skoda took the wraps off the 4th-gen Superb recently, which unlike its platform sibling, the 2024 VW Passat, is gonna be offered in both sedan and estate bodystyles. The models will most likely go on sale sometime in the first half of 2024, but your local dealer might offer some reliable information.
So, where should we begin then? Let’s talk about the styling, or, the lack of it. I mean, the designers have played it extremely safe by making the car look rather bland and boring. The styling neither wows you like Hyundais/Kias nor stirs controversies like those from Munich. The new Superb looks as though it is just designed to ferry senior corporate leaders of an IT or a pharma company. But Skoda is happy to share that the new Superb hatchback has a drag co-efficient of 0.23 Cd while the Superb Combi with a drag co-efficient of 0.25 Cd is claimed to be the most aerodynamic Skoda estate ever.
The new Superb comes with second-gen LED Matrix headlights—which are claimed to deliver 40% more light than the first-gen lights. These headlights are standard in Laurin & Klement variant. The L&K also gets standard LED taillights with animated turn signals and coming & leaving home function. Depending on the trim and/or options, the wheel sizes range from 16- to 19-inches.
The 4th-gen Superb has slightly grown in dimensions. The hatchback now measures 4,912 mm long (+43), 1,849 mm wide (-15) and 1,481 mm tall (+12), with a wheelbase of 2,841 mm (no change). The Combi measures 4,902 mm long (+40). Luggage capacity behind the rear seats is claimed to be 645 litres (+20) in the hatchback and 690 litres (+30) in the Combi.
Inside, the redesigned dashboard houses a 13-inch central touchscreen; a 10-inch Virtual Cockpit; multi-functional rotary dials with built-in displays; Ergo seats with pneumatic massage function.. you know, the same stuff we saw in the second-gen Kodiaq not too long ago. As for safety systems, the new Superb comes with up to 10 airbags (including a central airbag between the front seats). ADAS include the same stuff as well, but here, there’s something called Crew Protect Assist—which in case detects emergency or panic braking or an imminent collision at the front, side or rear, automatically closes any open windows and, if necessary, the panoramic roof. It also activates the hazard warning lights and tightens the front seat belts.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, Skoda is throwing in petrol, diesel, petrol-electric mild-hybrid and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid options. All of these are pretty much the same options offered in the new Kodiaq.
The petrol option starts with a 1.5L TSI with 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft); this engine is supported by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. A 2.0L TSI option is also available with 150 kW (204 metric hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft). Want more? The same 2.0L TSI will be offered with 195 kW (265 metric hp) output and AWD.
You already know the diesel options, right? A 2.0L TDI will be available in two options: 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 360 Nm (265.5 lb-ft), and 142 kW (193 metric hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) + AWD. Transmission in all the above cases is a 7-speed DSG.
The PHEV (exclusive to Combi for no apparent reason) combines a 2.0L TSI with an electric motor integrated into a 6-speed DSG, offering combined figures of 150 kW (204 metric hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). This variant doesn’t offer AWD, but is claimed to offer a pure electric range of over 100 km (62+ mi).