Škoda Superb

This article is about the current Škoda Superb. For the original 1934–1949 Škoda Superb, see Škoda Superb (1934–1949).
Škoda Superb
Manufacturer Škoda Auto
Production 2001–present
Body and chassis
Class Large family car:
Executive car:
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive

The current Škoda Superb is a large family car that has been produced by the Czech car manufacturer Škoda Auto since 2001.

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 utilising the MQB platform, entered production in 2015. It is currently the flagship model in Škoda's model range.

First generation (B5, Typ 3U; 2001–2008)

Škoda Superb B5 (3U)
Production 2001–2008
Assembly Kvasiny, Czech Republic
Skopje, Macedonia
Anting, China (Shanghai Volkswagen)
Solomonovo, Ukraine (Eurocar)
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan[1]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Longitudinal front-engine, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Platform Volkswagen Group B5 (PL45+)
Related Volkswagen Passat Lingyu
Engine 1.8 L I4 turbo
2.0 L I4
2.8 L V6
1.9 L TDI PD I4
2.0 L TDI PD I4
2.5 L TDI PD V6
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,803 mm (110.4 in)
Length 4,803 mm (189.1 in)
Width 1,765 mm (69.5 in)
Height 1,489 mm (58.6 in)
Pre-facelift Škoda Superb

The first generation of the modern Škoda Superb used the Volkswagen Group B5 PL45+ platform from the 1999 Shanghai-Volkswagen Passat B5 LWB, whose wheelbase is 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.[2] In 2009, one year after Škoda Superb B5 had been discontinued in Europe, the facelifted SVW Passat Lingyu was unveiled in China.[3] 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 20-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[4] 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, 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[5] AWT 1,781 cc (108.7 cu in) 150 hp (112 kW; 152 PS) 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; 117 PS) 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; 193 PS) 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; 100 PS) 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; 105 PS) 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; 116 PS) 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; 130 PS) 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; 140 PS) at 4000 rpm 236 lb·ft (320 N·m) at 1900 rpm 133 mph (214 km/h) 9.6
2.5 V6 TDI-PD AYM/BDG 2,496 cc (152.3 cu in) 161 hp (120 kW; 163 PS) 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)

Škoda Superb B6 (3T)
Production 2008–2015
Assembly Kvasiny, Czech Republic
Anting, China (Shanghai Volkswagen)
Aurangabad, India (Škoda India)
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door liftback
5-door estate
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A6 (PQ46)
Related Volkswagen Passat Mk6
Engine 1.4 L EA111 TSI I4
1.8 L EA888 TSI I4
2.0 L EA888 TSI I4
3.6 L EA390 VR6
1.6 L EA189 TDI CR I4
1.9 L EA188 TDI PD I4
2.0 L EA188 TDI PD I4
2.0 L EA189 TDI CR I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic (DSG)
7-speed automatic (DSG)
Wheelbase 2,761 mm (108.7 in)
Length 4,838 mm (190.5 in)
Width 1,817 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1,462 mm (57.6 in)

An all new Škoda Superb (B6, Typ 3T) was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in early March 2008.[6]

Based on a stretched version of the latest A5 Octavia platform, the Volkswagen Group A6 PQ46, this Superb is a 5-door 5-seat liftback, with an innovative rear door that can double as a regular separate sedan trunk, and full liftback, known as 'Twindoor'. Being based on the Octavia A5 platform, this Superb now utilises 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 6-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 2-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. Add to the front-wheel drive, the Superb and Superb Combi were available with all-wheel drive with 4th-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 UK market, the levels available were 'S', 'SE', 'Elegance', 'Laurin & Klement' and 'Greenline'.

For the Superb was available extensive list of standard and extras, incl. 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, TV 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 2-piece panoramic sunroof was an option.

Euro NCAP test results
Škoda Superb[7] 2009
Test Score
Adult occupant: 90%
Child occupant: 81%
Pedestrian: 50%
Safety assist: 71%

Selected acknowledgements


2013 facelift
2013 facelift

In April 2013, Škoda unveiled a facelifted Superb in Shanghai. It was released for sale in the European market in June 2013.[14] 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 2-litre diesel engine. Starting from January 2014, design Outdoor package is available for the Superb Combi.

List of feature was slightly expanded, too. Facelifted Superb received latest generation of Automatic Parking Assistant: add to parallel parking (entering/exiting the spot), the system is capable of perpendicular parking (just entering the spot). 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 seat forward and back and adjust the seat height and angle.


Overview of engines available for the 2nd-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 (125 PS; 123 hp) at 5000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft; 20 kg·m) 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 (152 PS; 150 hp) at 4300–6200 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft; 25 kg·m) 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 (160 PS; 158 hp) at 4500–6200 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft; 25 kg·m) 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 (200 PS; 197 hp) at 5100–6000 rpm 280 N·m (207 lb·ft; 29 kg·m) at 1700–5000 rpm 240 km/h (149 mph) 7.7
3.6 FSI V6 191 kW 2008– (EA390) 3,597 cc (219.5 cu in) 191 kW (260 PS; 256 hp) at 6000 rpm 350 N·m (258 lb·ft; 36 kg·m) at 2500–5000 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 (105 PS; 103 hp) at 4400 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft; 25 kg·m) 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 (105 PS; 103 hp) at 4400 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft; 25 kg·m) 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 (105 PS; 103 hp) at 4000 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft; 25 kg·m) 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 (105 PS; 103 hp) at 4000 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft; 25 kg·m) 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 (140 PS; 138 hp) at 4000 rpm 320 N·m (236 lb·ft; 33 kg·m) 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 (140 PS; 138 hp) at 4200 rpm 320 N·m (236 lb·ft; 33 kg·m) at 1750–2500 rpm 213 km/h (132 mph) 10.0
2.0 TDI CR DPF 125 kW 2010– CFJA (EA189) 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 4200 rpm 350 N·m (258 lb·ft; 36 kg·m) at 1750–2500 rpm 228 km/h (142 mph) 8.6

And the Elegance model was named European car of the year 2015 for its value for money even more than the ambience model

Third generation (B8, Typ 3V; 2015-present)

Škoda Superb B8
Production 2015-present
Assembly Kvasiny, Czech Republic
Nanjing, China
Aurangabad, India (Škoda India)[8]
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door liftback
5-door estate
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group MQB platform
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic (DSG)
7-speed automatic (DSG)
Wheelbase 2,841 mm (111.9 in)
Length 4,861 mm (191.4 in)
Width 1,864 mm (73.4 in)
Height 1,468 mm (57.8 in)
Škoda Superb III Liftback

The third generation Superb, (utilising the MQB platform),[9][10] was announced in February 2015 in time for the Geneva Motor Show, with volume production intended to start in the middle of the year.[11] The new model is larger than the second generation. The Škoda Superb appeared in the Tour De France as a Referee car.[12]

The new generation of direct-injection turbocharged engines consisting of 4-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 206 kW is currently Škoda's fastest production car, with a top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration of 0–100 km/h in 5.8 seconds.[13] Dealer deliveries of the liftback began in June 2015 with the estate wagon followed in September.[14]

In the UK market, 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 equipments 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 also defeated its rivals, in AutoBild test the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E220 CDI)[15] and in Auto Express the Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI.[16] The Škoda Superb was also awarded the title of Car of the Year in the Czech Republic[17] and in Macedonia.[18] It also became the 2016 World Car of the Year finalist,[19] the Car of the Year on the Whatcar.com (UK’s leading car-buying website)[20] and the Auto Express Family Car of the Year 2016.[21]


Petrol engines
ModelEnginePowerTorqueTop speed0–100 km/h
1.4 TSI 1,395 cc (85.1 cu in) 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) 215 km 9,9 s
1.4 TSI 1,395 cc (85.1 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) 220 km 8,6 s
1.4 TSI 4x4 1,395 cc (85.1 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) 215 km 9,0 s
1.8 TSI 1,798 cc (109.7 cu in) 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) 232 km 8,0 s
2.0 TSI 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) 245 km 7,0 s
2.0 TSI 4x4 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) 250 km 5,8 s
Diesel engines
ModelEnginePowerTorqueTop speed0–100 km/h
1.6 TDI 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) 206 km 10,9 s
2.0 TDI (4x4)1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 340 N·m (251 lb·ft) 220 km (215 km) 8,8 s (9,0 s)
2.0 TDI (4x4)1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) 237 km (230 km) 8,0 s (7,6 s)


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