Skoda Superb Offers Luxury, Legroom, and a 53 MPG Diesel Engine

Czech automaker Skoda has released the specs on its large sedan, the Superb, and what they’re offering isn’t what you might expect. This 53 mpg diesel-powered sedan has a Greenline option uses just 4.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. That’s about 53 mpg, and as an added bonus, it has rear passenger footrests, for the little dictator in all of us.

In fact, the addition of rear passenger footrests, and ample leg room, makes the Skoda Superb one of the few sedans aside from the Rolls Royce or the Maybach with such an option.  The Czech automaker draws heavily from VW Passat for the Superb’s design, but they have incorporated a long tradition of chauffeur-driven limousines (driver up front, boss in the back behind the passenger seat) into their sedan. It’s a swanky car inside, with high quality materials and superb craftsmanship evident throughout. It is a VW, after all.

The Superb does not suffer from its opulent roominess, first-class construction, and excellent attention to detail – or from an extravagant price tag.  The base model is only 23,250 Euro for the 1.4 TSI gas model with 92kW/123 HP.  The popular diesel option starts at 24,450 Euros, and has a 1.6 liter common rail with 77kW/103 HP with 250Nm/ 186 ft-lb of maximum torque.  Another 2300 Euros nets the optimized consumption GreenLine version.  “Optimized consumption” on paper reads: With almost identical performance, the vehicle consumes only 4.4 liters of diesel per 100km instead of the Skoda-usual 5.0 liters.

“Greener” is what the Superb gets with the entire bundle of options.  A start-stop automatic, brake energy recovery system, tires with reduced rolling resistance, aerodynamic improvement in the chassis and undercarriage, lowered suspension, recommended shift points on the speedometer, and the optimized-consumption diesel engine are all included.  This appears to have gone over well from an ecological point of view; the ADAC awarded the Superb Wagon GreenLine 5 stars during its eco-test and 93 point overall (the second best result). Alas, this heavy sedan is slow, taking 12.6 seconds to reach 100 kph/62 mph. That makes the Toyota Prius look like a rocket ship. There is a 3.6 liter VR6 version with 191 kw/256 horsepower and 350 Nm/260 ft-lbs, but even that probably has some trouble motivating two-plus tons of Czech luxury.

Fuel use of 4.4 liters of diesel over 100km delivers 114g/km of CO2 output, which isn’t bad for a large sedan weighing over four thousand pounds and nearly five meters long.  Most compacts and small cars don’t do as well. And they don’t offer footrests for the rear passengers.

Translated from | Picture: Motorvision

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.