2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The Skoda Superb is a space saver. But that's not all. In the Greenline version, the Czech mid-size sedan is also an extremely economical vehicle.
From Frank Mertens
saving is in. And not only in times of the financial crisis. If you decide to buy a new car these days, you will of course look at the consumption. After all, the new vehicle should not only look good, it should also swallow as little fuel as possible.
In addition, more and more manufacturers are offering fuel-saving models: at Ford they are called “Econetic”, at VW “BlueMotion” and at Skoda “Greenline”. The range of models is not only limited to small cars, but has long since reached the middle class. After all, everyone wants to save. At Skoda, a Greenline model was therefore included in the range with the introduction of the new Superb. The car with the touch of a green conscience should - if you believe the manufacturer's information - consume just 5.1 liters in combined consumption. That would be a good value for a mid-range car with an unladen weight of 1518 kilograms.
5.9 liters in the city
But does the Superb manage that in reality? Yes, he can do it. And that without much effort. Anyone who drives the Superb carefully and shifts to the next higher gear in good time (a gearshift indicator supports the driver here) can sustainably reduce their fuel consumption. During city trips, the consumption of 5.9 liters according to the on-board computer (good, since the last ADAC test it has been known that these values are to be taken with caution) was even 0.5 liters below that of the manufacturer.
These savings are achieved through a longer gear ratio, a reduction in weight (no spare wheel), better aerodynamics, lowering of the chassis, a change in engine management and special tires.
Despite this package of measures, there is no need to compromise on driving characteristics. The Greenline variant drives just like a conventional Superb. The 1.9 liter TDI engine has 105 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm, which is available at 1900 revolutions per minute. Motorized like this, you can get around the city as well as on the highway. Most of all calm. The diesel nailing is hardly noticeable thanks to good engine compartment insulation.
The rest is just as you know it from the VW subsidiary: rock solid and unobjectionable. The five-speed gearbox works easily and the steering gives good feedback on the road. Despite its considerable length of 4.84 meters, the Superb can be moved easily through the dense city traffic of Berlin. But as well as the steering works: for backward parking you should definitely order the optional parking sensors (surcharge 330 euros). If you do without this manageable output, bumps should be inevitable. The view to the rear is badly restricted.
Good standard equipment
If you disregard the parking sensors, which are subject to a surcharge, the customer gets a well-equipped car in front of the door for the basic price of 24,890 euros. Standard equipment includes, for example, fog lights, a leather steering wheel, the Climatic air conditioning system and a rain sensor. In addition to the low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of just 136 grams per kilometer, these are further arguments for taking a closer look at a Greenline model.