The first generation of the modern Superb, produced from 2001 to 2008, was based on the VW B5 PL45+ platform. The second generation Superb used the B6 A6/PQ46 and was introduced in 2008. The third, and current, generation using the MQB platform, entered production in 2015.
First generation (B5, Typ 3U; 2001–2008)
The first generation of the modern Škoda Superb used the Volkswagen Group B5 PL45+ platform, which was later also used on 1999 Shanghai–Volkswagen Passat B5 LWB, whose wheelbase is however 10 cm (3.9 in) longer than the standard Passat B5. In 2005, Shanghai Volkswagen imported the Superb B5, rebadging it as the Volkswagen Passat Lingyu.
In 2009, one year after Škoda Superb B5 had been discontinued in Europe, the facelifted SVW Passat Lingyu was unveiled in China. In 2011, SVW Passat Lingyu was discontinued, succeeded by SVW Passat NMS.
Several petrol and diesel internal combustion engines are shared with the rest of the Volkswagen Group range; and like the B5 Passat and B6/B7 Audi A4 which use the same automobile platform, they are mounted at the front, and orientated longitudinally.
The base model, the 'Classic', included the 1.9 litre inline four cylinder (I4) Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) turbodiesel producing 74 kilowatts (101 PS; 99 bhp), or a 2.0 litre petrol inline four rated at 85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp). The 'Comfort' and 'Elegance' models offered with a 1.8 twenty valve Turbo petrol I4 rated at 119 kW (162 PS; 160 bhp), or either a 142 kW (193 PS; 190 bhp) V6 2.8 litre petrol engine, or a 2.5 litre V6 TDI rated at 120 kW (163 PS; 161 bhp).
Transmissions included a five speed or a six speed manual gearbox, or a ZF sourced five speed tiptronic automatic. In addition to the 1.9 litre "Pumpe Düse" (PD) Unit Injector engine, the Superb eventually gained the 103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp) 2.0 litre TDI.
The Superb received a minor facelift in August 2006 incorporating Škoda's new radiator grille, headlights, side repeater indicators integrated into the door mirrors, and C-shaped tail lights in the style of Škoda Roomster and latest Škoda Octavia.
An interior redesign completed the upgrades. A 'Laurin and Klement' model became the top of the range, replacing the 'Elegance' model. A range of new engines was introduced and the interior featured real wood as part of some trim levels. The 'Comfort', 'Elegance' and 'Laurin & Klement' models feature an umbrella stowed in the rear door panel.
Škoda considered an estate version of the Superb, but it never proceeded to production. The reason it wasn't put in production was that Volkswagen feared that an estate would take too much market share from its own Passat Variant and Audi's A6 Avant. When the Superb was released in the United Kingdom in May 2002, the most expensive variant was priced at only £1,000 more than the cheapest Jaguar X-Type.
|Engine designation||Engine code (family)||Displacement||Max. power||Max. torque||Top speed||0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) (s)|
|1.8 T||AWT||1,781 cc (108.7 cu in)||150 hp (112 kW) at 5700 rpm||155 lb⋅ft (210 N⋅m) at 1750 rpm||134 mph (216 km/h)||9.5|
|2.0||AZM (EA827)||1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)||115 hp (86 kW) at 5400 rpm||127 lb⋅ft (172 N⋅m) at 3500 rpm||122 mph (196 km/h)||11.6|
|2.8 V6||ACK/APR||2,771 cc (169.1 cu in)||190 hp (142 kW) at 6000 rpm||207 lb⋅ft (281 N⋅m) at 3200 rpm||147 mph (237 km/h)||8.0|
|1.9 TDI-PD||AVB (EA188)||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||99 hp (74 kW) at 4000 rpm||184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) at 1900 rpm||117 mph (188 km/h)||13.2|
|1.9 TDI-PD||BLS (EA188)||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||104 hp (78 kW) at 4000 rpm||184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) at 1900 rpm||119 mph (192 km/h)||12.3|
|1.9 TDI-PD||BPZ (EA188)||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||114 hp (85 kW) at 4000 rpm||184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) at 1900 rpm||119 mph (192 km/h)||12.3|
|1.9 TDI-PD||AWX (EA188)||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||128 hp (95 kW) at 4000 rpm||215 lb⋅ft (292 N⋅m) at 1750-2500 rpm||127 mph (204 km/h)||10.4|
|2.0 TDI-PD||BKD (EA188)||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||138 hp (103 kW) at 4000 rpm||236 lb⋅ft (320 N⋅m) at 1900 rpm||133 mph (214 km/h)||9.6|
|2.5 V6 TDI||AYM/BDG||2,496 cc (152.3 cu in)||161 hp (120 kW) at 4000 rpm||258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) at 1250 rpm||139 mph (224 km/h)||9.2|
Second generation (B6, Typ 3T; 2008–2015)
|Euro NCAP test results|
|Škoda Superb (2009)|
Based on a stretched version of the latest A5 Octavia platform, the Volkswagen Group A6 PQ46, this Superb is a four door five seater sedan, with an innovative "Twindoor" trunk lid that can operate as a conventional or as a hatchback that includes opening with the rear glass.
Being based on the Octavia A5 platform, this Superb now uses a transverse engine layout. A Superb Combi – five door estate with 633 litres in the boot – was presented to the press in June 2009, and debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009.
When launched, petrol engine options included four Volkswagen Group sourced units; consisting of an entry-level 92 kilowatts (125 PS; 123 hp) 1.4 litre inline four cylinder (I4) TFSI (with a turbocharger and Fuel Stratified Injection), and a 118 kW (160 PS; 158 hp) 1.8 litre I4 TFSI. The flagship 3.6 litre 191 kW (260 PS; 256 hp) FSI VR6 engine (a detuned version of that fitted in the Passat R36) comes with four-wheel drive and six speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG). The Škoda Superb 3.6 FSI 4x4 has a top speed 250 km/h and acceleration of 0–100 km/h in 6.5 seconds.
Diesel engine options included 2.0 litre I4 Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) with Pumpe-Düse injection which was rated at 103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp), 2.0 litre I4 TDI 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) with common rail, and a 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) 1.9 litre I4 TDI available also for the Greenline version with reduced fuel consumption.
In 2010, the engine range was updated. The car was now available with a 147 kW (200 PS; 197 hp) 2.0 litre TFSI petrol four cylinder. Changes in diesel offer included two switches: 103 kW two litre with Pumpe-Düse injection was replaced with common rail engine; the 77 kW 1.9 litre PD unit was replaced with 1.6 litre common rail engine of the same power.
Transmissions include five and six speed manual gearboxes, and the popular automatic Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) with either six or seven speeds, as an option on almost all engine/trim combinations. In addition to the standard front-wheel-drive, the Superb and Superb Combi were both available with all-wheel-drive with a fourth generation Haldex clutch. The wheels were choice of 16", 17" and 18".
Trim levels available in the majority of Europe were named the 'Comfort', 'Ambition', 'Elegance', 'Greenline', 'Exclusive' and 'Laurin & Klement' (May 2012) – with Laurin & Klement being top of the range. In the United Kingdom, the levels available were 'S', 'SE', 'Elegance', 'Laurin & Klement' and 'Greenline'. In Sweden, an important market for Škoda, a version of the four-wheel-drive Superb Combi with off-road pretensions went on sale in June 2012. Analogous to the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC70 it was called the "AllDrive." Based on the Elegance equipment level it features black plastic cladding around the lower parts of the car and around the wheelwells. Its ground clearance is also increased to the tune of 20 mm (0.79 in) and a front skid plate is added. In Sweden it was only available with the three different engines (one petrol, two diesels) and four-wheel-drive, but when the model was made available across Europe as the "Škoda Superb Outdoor" one month later (reaching the United Kingdom in October 2012) it was also available with front-wheel-drive, and most of the engine range.
For the Superb there is an extensive list of standard and extra equipment, including bi-xenon headlamps with AFS, front/rear proximity sensors, automatic park assist system, tyre pressure monitoring system, navigation system with large 6.5" colour touch screen display and 30 GB hard drive, television broadcast receiver, electrically adjustable seat and mirrors, rain sensor, sunroof with solar panels that allow circulation of air in parked car, front/rear heated seats, ventilated front seats upholstered in leather. For the Superb Combi a large tilt/slide two piece panoramic sunroof was an option.
- 2009: Luxury Car of the Year in 2009 by Top Gear Magazine
- 2009: Towcar of the Year 2009, and Class Winner 2010 (over 1800 kg AWD Category) by UK Caravan Club
- 2012: Best imported car survey in the German magazine Auto, Motor und Sport
- 2012: Highest score in the JD Power customer satisfaction study (UK) in the mid-size segment
- 2011-13: Best-Value Family Car in Australian Money magazine
In April 2013, Škoda unveiled a facelifted Superb in Shanghai. It was released for sale in the European market in June 2013. Updated exterior design features Škoda new design language elements. Headlights are fitted with integrated LED daylight running lights; diodes are standard for tail lights, too. The Twindoor opening mechanism was changed in order to provide easier operation: one button opens just the lid, while the other opens whole tailgate.
Up to now, one button was dedicated just for opening, while the other had shifting function. With the facelift, a combination of all wheel drive and DSG automatic transmission appeared on offer for the 125 kW two litre diesel engine. Starting from January 2014, design Outdoor package is available for the Superb Combi.
The list of features was slightly expanded too. The facelifted Superb received the latest generation of Automatic Parking Assistant. In addition to parallel parking (entering/exiting the parking space), the system is also capable of perpendicular parking (entering the parking space only).
From now on, the passengers in the rear seats can adjust the passenger seat from the back. The electrical control is located on the side of the passenger seat near the centre console and is thus easy to operate from the back. Passengers in the rear can move the front seat forward and back and adjust the seat height and angle.
Overview of engines available for the second generation Superb (B6, Typ 3T), incl. facelifted model.
|Engine designation||Production||Engine code (family)||Displacement||Max. power||Max. torque||Top speed||0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) (s)|
|1.4 TSI 92 kW||2008–||CAXC (EA111)||1,390 cc (84.8 cu in)||92 kW (123 hp) at 5000 rpm||200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1500–4000 rpm||204 km/h (127 mph)||10.5|
|1.8 TSI 112 kW||2009–||CDAB (EA888)||1,798 cc (109.7 cu in)||112 kW (150 hp) at 4300–6200 rpm||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1500–4200 rpm||219 km/h (136 mph)||8.8|
|1.8 TSI 118 kW||2008–||CDAA (EA888)||1,798 cc (109.7 cu in)||118 kW (158 hp) at 4500–6200 rpm||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1500–4200 rpm||219 km/h (136 mph)||8.4|
|2.0 TSI 147 kW||2010–||(EA888)||1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)||147 kW (197 hp) at 5100–6000 rpm||280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) at 1700–5000 rpm||240 km/h (149 mph)||7.7|
|3.6 FSI VR6 191 kW||2008–||(EA390)||3,597 cc (219.5 cu in)||191 kW (256 hp) at 6000 rpm||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 2500–5000 rpm||250 km/h (155 mph)||6.4|
|1.6 TDI CR DPF 77 kW||2010–||CAYC (EA189)||1,598 cc (97.5 cu in)||77 kW (103 hp) at 4400 rpm||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1500–2500 rpm||194 km/h (121 mph)||12.1|
|1.6 TDI CR DPF 77 kW GreenLine||2010–||CAYC (EA189)||1,598 cc (97.5 cu in)||77 kW (103 hp) at 4400 rpm||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1500–2500 rpm||197 km/h (122 mph)||12.2|
|1.9 TDI PD 77 kW||2008–2010||(EA188)||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||77 kW (103 hp) at 4000 rpm||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1900 rpm||190 km/h (118 mph)||12.5|
|1.9 TDI PD 77 kW GreenLine||2008–2010||(EA188)||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||77 kW (103 hp) at 4000 rpm||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1900 rpm||193 km/h (120 mph)||12.5|
|2.0 TDI PD DPF 103 kW||2008–2010||(EA188)||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||103 kW (138 hp) at 4000 rpm||320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1800–2500 rpm||207 km/h (129 mph)||10.0|
|2.0 TDI CR DPF 103 kW||2010–||CFHC (EA189)||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||103 kW (138 hp) at 4200 rpm||320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1750–2500 rpm||205 km/h (127 mph)||10.0|
|2.0 TDI CR DPF 125 kW||2010–||CFJA (EA189)||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||125 kW (168 hp) at 4200 rpm||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1750–2500 rpm||228 km/h (142 mph)||8.6|
Third generation (B8, Typ 3V; 2015–present)
The third generation Superb, (using the MQB platform), was announced in February 2015 in time for the Geneva Motor Show, with volume production intended to start in the middle of the year.
The new generation of direct injection turbocharged engines consisting of four cylinder units, was to include five petrol engines ranging in size from 1.4 to 2.0 litres, and three diesels of 1.6 or 2.0 litres. The Škoda Superb 2.0 TSI 4x4 200 kW is currently Škoda's fastest production car, with a top speed drive by 250 km/h (160 mph) and acceleration of 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds.
In the United Kingdom, the trim levels available were named the 'S', 'SE', 'SE Technology', 'SE L Executive', 'SportLine' and 'Laurin & Klement', with Laurin & Klement being top of the range. As of 2016, price ranges from £19,060, to the most luxurious L&K trim with all equipment for £42,385.
The Superb received very positive reviews in all foreign tests. British newspaper The Telegraph rated the new Superb with an overall rating of 9/10, Autocar 4/5, Top Gear 8/10, Auto Express 5/5, and in the German magazine Auto Bild, the Superb received 588 points. The Superb has also scored highly in Australia, where Car Advice awarded an overall rating of 9/10 highlighting key areas of value for money, features, performance and cabin space where the car has excelled. The Superb also defeated its rivals, in AutoBild test the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E220 CDI) and in Auto Express the Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI.
It also became the 2016 World Car of the Year finalist, the best compact executive car and estate car in 2016 on What Car? (the United Kingdom's leading car buying website) and the Auto Express Family Car of the Year 2016.
|Euro NCAP test results|
|Škoda Superb (2015)|
The first plug-in hybrid was also introduced, the new Škoda Superb iV will be available with turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, outputs is rated at 160 kW and has an all-electric range of up to 55 km. The new Škoda Superb Scout brings with its taller suspension and underbody protection a little bit of off-road ability. The facelifted car will be on sale in early 2020.
|Model||Engine||Power||Torque||Gearbox||Top speed||0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)|
|1.4 TSI*||1,395 cc (85.1 cu in)||92 kW (123 hp)||200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual||208 km/h (129 mph)||9.9 s|
|1.4 TSI||1,395 cc (85.1 cu in)||110 kW (148 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual / 7-speed DSG||220 km/h (137 mph)||8.6 s|
|1.4 TSI 4x4||1,395 cc (85.1 cu in)||110 kW (148 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual||215 km/h (134 mph)||9.0 s|
|1.8 TSI||1,798 cc (109.7 cu in)||132 kW (177 hp)||320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual||232 km/h (144 mph)||8.0 s|
|1.8 TSI DSG||1,798 cc (109.7 cu in)||132 kW (177 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG||230 km/h (143 mph)||8.2 s|
|2.0 TSI||1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)||162 kW (217 hp)||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)||6-speed DSG||245 km/h (152 mph)||7.0 s|
|2.0 TSI 4x4||1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)||206 kW (276 hp)||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)||6-speed DSG||250 km/h (155 mph)||5.8 s|
|2.0 TSI 4x4||1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)||200 kW (268 hp)||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG||250 km/h (155 mph)||5.5 s|
|Model||Engine||Power||Torque||Gearbox||Top speed||0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)|
|1.6 TDI*||1,598 cc (97.5 cu in)||88 kW (118 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual||206 km/h (128 mph)||10.9 s|
|2.0 TDI||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||110 kW (148 hp)||340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual / 6-speed DSG||220 km/h (137 mph)||8.8 s|
|2.0 TDI (4x4)||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||110 kW (148 hp)||340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual||215 km/h (134 mph)||9.0 s|
|2.0 TDI||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||140 kW (188 hp)||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual / 6-speed DSG||237 km/h (147 mph)||8.0 s|
|2.0 TDI (4x4)||1,968 cc (120.1 cu in)||140 kW (188 hp)||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)||6-speed DSG||230 km/h (143 mph)||7.6 s|
* Since September 2016, the 1.4 TSI (92 kW) and 1.6 TDI (88 kW) engines are no longer available, leaving 110 kW as the weakest engines.
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|Fabia I||Fabia II||Fabia III|
|Small family car||Rapid||Scala|
|Octavia I||Octavia II||Octavia III||Octavia IV|
|Large family car||Superb I||Superb II||Superb III|
|Global availability of VR-engined vehicles|
& ID code(s)
|2.8: AAA||Passat B3||Passat B4|
|Golf Mk3 / Jetta/Vento Mk3|
|Golf Mk3 / Syncro|
|2.8: AES||Eurovan (US only)|
|2.8: AFP||Golf Mk4 / Bora|
|2.3: AGZ||Passat B5|
|2.3: AZX /
|2.5 TSI: DDKA||Volkswagen Teramount|
|2.8: BDF /
AQP / AUE /
BDE / AYL
|Bora / Golf Mk4|
|Eurovan (US only)|
|León (1M) Cupra 4|
|3.2: AXJ /
AZZ / BDL /
BFH / BKJ / BUB
|New Beetle RSi|
|Golf Mk4 R32||Golf Mk5 R32|
|3.2 FSI: AXZ||Passat B6 3.2 FSI|
|3.6 FSI: BLV / BWS||Passat B6 3.6 FSI|