David Lin­klater

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING -

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

re­ports.

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.

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