Second Skoda Superb Shows Greatness

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Second Skoda Superb Shows Greatness
Second Skoda Superb Shows Greatness

The second generation of the Skoda Superb, built until 2015, is also fully up to date when used. However, some engines of the first years of construction cause some concerns.

Even the Skoda Octavia is large in terms of space. But the Superb goes one better and in this respect even depends on premium models such as the Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series. From a technical point of view, too, the Czech mid-range model shows size, measured by its performance in the main vehicle inspection (HU). The positive balance, however, tarnishes a certain susceptibility to breakdowns.

The Superb II, built from 2008, only lands in the middle of the ADAC breakdown statistics for 2017. It was particularly noticeable there due to defective engines. The focus here was on vehicles built in 2008 and 2010 for the breakdown assistance. These were also in demand for models from 2010 to 2012 that worried their owners due to broken exhaust gas recirculation systems. And discharged batteries are a constant problem according to ADAC information.

Four recalls for the Skoda Superb

According to the “TÜV Report 2017”, the quality of the Superb is basically right. But buyers should watch out for possible weaknesses on the drive shafts that become apparent from the third HU. After just five years, i.e. at the second general inspection, the rate of defects in springs and dampers is above average. The brake disks are even complained about relatively frequently during the first general vehicle inspection. Overall, the number of defects, especially in old age, is rather low - despite the often high mileage.

According to the ADAC, four recalls hit the Superb II. Measured against the 4,000 affected vehicles, the largest recall was the 2012 campaign, when cars built between 2009 and 2011 had to be returned to the workshop due to problems with the high-pressure fuel lines. Vehicles that have been repaired can be recognized by the entry with the action code “23K5” in the service booklet and a sticker with the code “23K5” in the spare wheel well area.

Skoda Superb II without six-cylinder

The traditional name - Skoda already had a Superb in its range in the 1930s - the manufacturer took up again in 2001 with the first Superb of the modern era. The second generation was built from 2008 to 2015. The car is at least 4.84 meters long. According to Skoda, the sedan holds 595 liters of luggage. With the rear seats that can be folded down and the tailgate hinged at the top, a maximum of 1700 liters is possible. The station wagon holds up to 1865 liters. The passengers in the back seat also have a lot of space, although the third seat in the middle is not a full-fledged one. The facelift brought among other things LED taillights and revised engines. The third generation of vehicles has been on sale since mid-2015.

With it, customers had to do without the V6, which in its predecessor, 191 kW / 260 hp, was still offered as a petrol engine. Otherwise, the gasoline engines have 92 kW / 125 PS to 147 kW / 200 PS, generated from in-line four-cylinders. The diesels, also four-cylinder, have between 77 kW / 105 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. The units are exclusively direct-injection. All-wheel drive and dual clutch transmission were optional for some engines.

On the used car market, a Skoda 2.0 TDI Green tec Active with 125 kW / 170 PS from the 2013 facelift is sold as a sedan for an average of 14,750 euros. The same car as a station wagon is listed in the Schwacke list with 50 euros more. In both cases, the assumed mileage is 75,400 kilometers. A Superb station wagon with the smooth-running 2.0 TSI petrol engine (147 kW / 200 PS), dual clutch transmission and the Ambition equipment variant costs around 13,300 euros (98,800 kilometers) in the case of a 2010 model. (dpa / tmn)