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Skoda Superb 2022 review: Sportline Liftback

The Skoda Superb Sportline Liftback is the top-of-the-line model. (Image: Dean McCartney)

The Superb is the biggest car Skoda makes that isn't an SUV. Interestingly, like some other European models, it has an all-wheel drive drivetrain and if you want a bit more space, the Superb also comes in a wagon version.  

Is the Skoda Superb Sportline Liftback the family car we didn't know we needed?

The Sportline Liftback is the top-of-the-line model and competes with other mid-size cars like the Mazda6 and Volkswagen Passat - but unlike those sedan models, the Skoda has a liftback boot lid, which makes it more like a big hatchback than a sedan.

I have been driving this for the last week with my family of three to see how it handled the school runs and domestic errands.

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What does it look like?

This is a good looking car and the large LED front lights; tapered bonnet and black grille make the front look determined to get business done.

The sloped roofline to the rear reminds me of a coupe and it’s here that the Superb earns its style marks. The rear is downright sexy and this is a car for people who appreciate a fine behind.

Large LED front lights. (Image: Dean McCartney) Large LED front lights. (Image: Dean McCartney)

Plus, it’s downright nice inside. The dash looks sleek and stylish and I like the way the digital instrument panel can be customised. The winged multimedia screen and Alcantara finishes on the doors add some pizzazz to the cabin.

It doesn’t immediately feel like a ‘family’ car but it certainly has the practical features of one.

How does it drive?

The Superb has a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. This is a ‘superb’ highway car, and yes, I know that’s cheesy, but it is!

The Sportline has the most powerful engine in the Superb range, and there’s enough oomph to make you grin. I’ve really enjoyed taking this around winding roads because it just hugs the bends.

The steering is responsive and the sports steering wheel feels lovely under my hands. 

The Superb has a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Superb has a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. (Image: Dean McCartney)

The ride experience and suspension feel buttery soft and, unless you’re going over tyre-popping potholes, you’re going to be comfortable in this.

There is some road noise but you don’t have to raise your voice to talk over it, so while it could be better, it’s not a major point of concern.

The reversing camera is clear and the sensors make you feel confident backing into a space. (Image: Dean McCartney) The reversing camera is clear and the sensors make you feel confident backing into a space. (Image: Dean McCartney)

The auto-stop/start feature isn’t always graceful, though. Once you’re going slowly enough the stop/start starts kicking in, which means there’s a small hesitation between when you put your foot down and that process stopping. It wasn’t a massive issue but I did turn this feature off while I was in the city.

This is good to park and despite being relatively long, I had no trouble in tight car parks. The reversing camera is clear and the sensors make you feel confident backing into a space.

And if you need a little bit extra help, this does have a park assist feature where the car will park itself! It’s a bit odd seeing the wheel turn itself but I like it all the same.

How spacious is it?

Saloon is the British way of saying sedan but I think I prefer the term for this car as it alludes to the luxury and space all of the passengers feel. The backseat legroom makes me feel like I’m in a limo. 

Storage throughout the car is pretty nifty. In the front, the glove box and centre console storage box are large and both have a cooling vent inside.

There are two cupholders or a bottle holder in the middle plus a bottle holder in each door capable of holding a 1.5L drink. The driver’s door also has a cute little bin for rubbish and there’s a small cubby drawer on the right-hand side of the steering wheel.

There are two cupholders or a bottle holder in the middle plus a bottle holder in each door capable of holding a 1.5L drink. (Image: Dean McCartney) There are two cupholders or a bottle holder in the middle plus a bottle holder in each door capable of holding a 1.5L drink. (Image: Dean McCartney)

There is a useful ticket holder on the inside of the windscreen plus an umbrella hidden in the driver’s door. 

My five-year old loved having the retractable sunshades in the rear doors and they’re always a nice feature for little ones. The rear enjoys device and map pockets plus there is a bottle holder in each door, too.

The armrest has two cupholders and I like the way the armrest has a through-storage space as it offers versatility for lengthy items like skis - just make sure they’re securely strapped in.

Luxury and space all of the passengers feel. (Image: Dean McCartney) Luxury and space all of the passengers feel. (Image: Dean McCartney)

Now, the boot. This has to be one of the best things about the car. It’s large, but the way the lid has been designed to lift up and away, means you can load bigger items in because the opening is much larger than a conventional sedan.

And it’s easier to access items at the far back, too. With all seats up, you have 625L of space, but pop that back row down and that jumps up to 1760L – which is outstanding.

With all seats up, you have 625L of space, but pop that back row down and that jumps up to 1760L – which is outstanding. (Image: Dean McCartney) With all seats up, you have 625L of space, but pop that back row down and that jumps up to 1760L – which is outstanding. (Image: Dean McCartney)

How easy is it to use every day?

I have almost forgotten how versatile sedans can be! In the Superb, you have the sporty vibes of a coupe but the practicality of space.

The liftback boot lid is a fantastic feature and having that extra width on the opening adds to the daily ease of use. One of my fav features for a family car is a powered tailgate and this one has a kick-function as well. Which is always handy for when you have your hands full!

The Superb is one good looking car. (image credit: Dean McCartney) The Superb is one good looking car. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

The low-lying height meant my five-year old was able to climb in and out without help but I did knock my head a couple of times on the door frame when I was fastening his harness.

There’s a device holder on the back of the front passenger’s seat and it kept my son entertained on a longer trip this week.

In the Superb, you have the sporty vibes of a coupe but the practicality of space. (Image: Dean McCartney) In the Superb, you have the sporty vibes of a coupe but the practicality of space. (Image: Dean McCartney)

If you use your phone in it just make sure you first disconnect your Bluetooth because otherwise the sound will come through on the speakers. I made that mistake before the trip and couldn’t pull over straight away… the dulcet tones of whatever cartoon he was watching was in surround sound for a few kays!

Since the device holder is there, I would have liked a couple of USB ports in the back but the amenities overall are great. 

And last but not least, the seats need a mention. I love them and they’d be one of, if not the most, comfortable I’ve sat in. That’s a big call but the leather-appointed trim is supple and the seats are wide and long.

They have great knee support and the front are electric with lumbar support. The front seats are heated and ventilated while the two outboard rear seats are heated, too. Each passenger will feel very comfortable and I could easily take this on the holiday roadies.

How safe is it?

The Superb has all the important safety and tech features, including rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control which features ‘driving assist.’ You have to keep your hands on the wheel but the car will steer itself, which is cool.

It also has an impressive nine airbags, including curtain and side airbags for both rows. The driver also gets a knee airbag. It doesn’t have an ANCAP safety rating but those extra rear airbags are very attractive for me as a parent.

There are two ISOFIX mounts plus three top tethers but I’m not sure you’d get three car seats side by side in the back seat. It was easy enough to fit a car seat but you do have to fold the seat forward a little to snake your tether through to the rear. And there’s loads of space for front seat occupants when a 0-4 rearward facing child seat is installed.

What’s the tech like?

The tech is good and what you’d expect for a car at this price point. The 9.2-inch touchscreen is nicely positioned and fairly easy to use but like most touchscreens I’ve sampled it had moments when it was laggy.

The thumbnail graphics are a little baseline compared to other systems I’ve seen but there’s enough customisation available to make the car feel yours.

The 9.2-inch touchscreen is nicely positioned and fairly easy to use. (Image: Dean McCartney) The 9.2-inch touchscreen is nicely positioned and fairly easy to use. (Image: Dean McCartney)

It has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is great and it's easy to connect a phone to it. There’s a wireless charging pad for your smart phone plus a USB-C port and 12-volt socket in the front.

The electric sunroof is lovely and the sunshade blind cut out the glare while illuminating the cabin – which stops the interior from feeling gloomy with the black headliner. There’s also three-zone climate control and keyless entry.

How much does it cost to own?

You can pick up the Skoda Superb Sportline Liftback for $63,590, before on-road costs. This model has the 'Premium Pack' that includes extras like the electric sunroof, two tone 19-inch alloy wheels and heated and ventilated front seats, and that adds an additional $3900.

It’s a fair chunk of change but this car earns the price tag with the drive performance and features.

You can pick up the Skoda Superb Sportline Liftback for $63,590, before on-road costs. (Image: Dean McCartney) You can pick up the Skoda Superb Sportline Liftback for $63,590, before on-road costs. (Image: Dean McCartney)

The Superb comes with five-year/unlimited km warranty which is pretty standard, but with some pre-paid servicing plans, you can add two more years of warranty cover. Plus, you get five years roadside assistance.

It comes with capped-price servicing and you can pre-purchase it. Both five- and seven-year pre-pay plans save you money compared to the pay-as-you-go model, and if you choose the seven year pre-pay plan, you get that extra warranty cover. The five-year plan averages $400 per service, which is competitive.

Servicing intervals are pretty handy at every 15,000km or 12 months, whichever occurs first.

The Superb comes with five-year/unlimited km warranty. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Superb comes with five-year/unlimited km warranty. (Image: Dean McCartney)

The official combined cycle fuel economy figure is 7.3L/100km and I achieved 8.8L/100km based on the trip computer. That was from driving on a mixture of city and longer highway trips.

It’s a good performance considering it’s a big car but I’d imagine that figure would be higher in the city.


The Wrap

This is the first car that’s not an SUV that I’ve driven in a while and I kind of fell in love with the style all over again after driving it. I love the family features and nifty storage throughout the car and it earns a 9.0/10 from me. My five-year old really enjoyed the space in the back seat and trying to find all of the storage cubbies. He also gave it a 9.0/10.

Likes

Buttery ride experience
Punchy engine
Loads of space

Dislikes

Stop/start isn’t graceful
Laggy touchscreen
Lack of USB ports in rear

Scores

Emily:

4.5

The Kids:

4.5

$63,590

Based on new car retail price

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