We love the Skoda Superb because it’s big, comfortable, big, beautifully put together, big and well equipped.
But on the surface, it’s not really the ideal base for a sports sedan.
Nonetheless, the new flagship for the Superb range is the Sportline version, which puts less emphasis on luxury and a bit more on the leery stuff. It comes only with the most powerful 206kW petrol engine, drives all four wheels with an XDS electronic differential at the front, rides on 15mm-lower adaptive suspension (DCC) and wears unique 19-inch alloys.
The exterior has been thoroughly dechromed and has adopted a black-is-best look (including heavily tinted rear windows). Inside, you get a special steering wheel, sports seats, carbon-look trim elements and sports seats with grippy Alcantara trim.
It’s certainly quick in a straight line, although the Sportline package can’t take any credit for that. The 206kW Superb has always been a surprisingly brisk machine, although in this incarnation we reckon it could do with a bit more crackle as the
DSG transmission changes gear under load – you know, like a Golf GTI or R does.
The Superb is built more for comfort than speed and that’s still true of this one, although the reduced ride height and electronic XDS function do sharpen up the handling a little. All-wheel drive ensures excellent traction as winter weather conditions approach.
You also get the drive-mode selector and adaptive chassis technology from the regular Superb 206kW, so there’s the ability to tailor the dynamic experience to your own liking.
The Sportline adds a little novelty called the Performance
Sportline package dispenses with the chrome in favour of black exterior detailing.