For its impressively sharp price, the entry-level Superb 162TSI is loaded with equipment. As standard, it comes with 18-inch ‘Pegasus’ alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights with adaptive lighting and integrated headlight washers, and LED tail-lights.
Inside, the Skoda’s considerable list of features extends to height-adjustable front seats, part-leather and Alcantara trim, footrests for rear-seat passengers, removable rubbish bins in the front door pockets and even built-in, mould-resistant umbrellas in each front door.
A front centre armrest with chilled storage compartment is matched by a rear-seat centre armrest (with load-through provision, often called a ‘ski-port’), while carpeted floor mats, height-adjustable front seatbelts, a leather-rimmed steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, a chillable and lockable glovebox, rain-sensing wipers with heated washer jets, light-sensing headlights, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors, heat-insulating tinted glass, three-zone climate control (with separate rear air vents and temperature adjustment), and remote central locking are all part of the package.
In-car entertainment and technology includes an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation and eight speakers, plus Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These work with Apple and Android phones. If you plug your phone in via the USB socket in the centre console, many of its apps – including mapping and music – are mirrored on the dashboard touchscreen and can be controlled from there.
Driver-assistance features include a fatigue detection system, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera. An idle-stop system (often called ‘stop/start’) switches the engine off automatically when stopped in traffic or at lights, depending on the gradient of the road and the demands of the air-conditioner.
An Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL) electronically brakes whichever front wheel starts to spin when applying power or driving on a slippery surface, theoretically improving traction. In the opposite situation, an ‘Auto Hold’ feature automatically holds the car on the brakes, once stopped, allowing the driver to remove his/her foot from the pedal. The brakes automatically release once pressure is applied to the accelerator pedal.