Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - Ewan Kennedy

SKODA Su­perb is a large Euro­pean car that com­bines the best of au­to­mo­tive engi­neer­ing from its home coun­try of the Czech Repub­lic and its par­ent coun­try Ger­many.

One of the world's old­est car mak­ers, hav­ing cel­e­brated its 120th an­niver­sary last year, Skoda is renowned for pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent in­te­rior space, to the ex­tent there's limo-like room in the rear seat of the Su­perb.

The just-launched third­gen­er­a­tion model ex­ceeds even the spa­cious­ness of the just su­per­seded gen-two, thanks to hav­ing a longer wheel­base and a wider body.

Need to carry two big adults and three large teenagers? Not a prob­lem.

Su­perb is also vo­lu­mi­nous in the cargo area and is of­fered in hatch­back and sta­tion wagon bod­ies. Styling is ex­cel­lent, with sharp lines rem­i­nis­cent of those of up­mar­ket Audi mod­els, and the shape seems sure to re­main time­less.

In­side the su­perb Su­perb (sorry!), the de­sign and high­qual­ity ma­te­ri­als are more akin to those found in the up­mar­ket Ger­man mar­ques, yet the price list be­gins at a mere $39,990 plus on-roads.

The pre­vi­ous Su­perb had the un­usual fea­ture of a folded um­brella in­side one of the rear door arm­rests. The new model not only has two um­brel­las, but they are kept in the front doors so are avail­able more quickly.

Skoda's lo­cal im­porter is well aware of Aus­tralian drivers’ love of sport­ing per­for­mance cars and so is bring­ing in only the quick ver­sions of Su­perb. The topline 206TSI has a 206kW turbo-petrol en­gine, drives through all four wheels for ad­di­tional cor­ner­ing power, which is aided by low­ered sports sus­pen­sion, and larger wheels and tyres.

Su­perb's stan­dard tur­bopetrol has 162kW of power; round­ing out the range is a 140kW turbo-diesel with a very healthy 400Nm of torque.

The all-new Su­perb has good steer­ing re­sponse and a nicely bal­anced feel on the road.

The sport­ing Skoda Su­perb 206TSI re­ally does feel the part.

The Czech ma­chine has the sort of per­for­mance that will please most Aus­tralian drivers and costs less than half the price of the big-name Ger­mans.

Ride com­fort is high and sound re­duc­tion is im­pres­sive, so this Skoda will make an ex­cel­lent long-dis­tance tour­ing ma­chine on coun­try roads that have seen bet­ter days.

The clar­ity of the eight-inch colour touch­screen is ex­cel­lent, and can be quickly scanned and used by the driver with­out too much inat­ten­tion.

The mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem can be con­nected to Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. The Colum­bus sys­tem of­fers Blue­tooth hands­free with text mes­sag­ing, a Jpeg viewer, and 64 GB flash mem­ory.

Au­dio and video files can be played via a DVD drive.

Su­perb comes stan­dard with eight speak­ers and of­fers the Can­ton sound sys­tem as part of the op­tional Tech Pack.

Can­ton has a 12-speaker, 610-Watt out­put.

Ver­dict: If you're look­ing for a bar­gain-priced large hatch or wagon, the Su­perb de­serves a place on your short­list.

The new Su­perb is just what its name says.

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