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TEST Škoda Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI (147 kW) DSG 4×4 – Better the second time?

At the time, it was a green piece that Martin Vaculík chose for his special with the subtitle “cars that will soon be banned”. And we agreed with him at the time that the 2.0 TDI (147 kW) EA 288 Evo unit was noisier than we would have liked. Not only compared to the weaker version (it differs significantly technically, among other things the 2.0 TDI (110 kW) relies on a cast-iron block and it resists vibrations/noise better than aluminium), but I was mainly embarrassed by the Audi A6, which has a more powerful The TDI ably pretended to be a six-cylinder. At the time, I wrote that some might consider the four-cylinder 2.0 TDI (147 kW) EA 288 Evo in the Audi to be a down-tuned variant of the six-cylinder diesel. In the Superb, there was no danger of such fooling around – apart from the simple fact that Audi, as a premium brand, simply coped better with noise reduction, its all-wheel drive also played against the Superb. The Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI (147 kW) EA 288 Evo tested by me was just a front-wheel drive, so it did without a cardan connected to the gearbox and a differential on the rear axle, which undoubtedly contributed to the lower noise level of the four wheels. And then the placement of the engine, of course – in the Audi, we find the four-cylinder in a longitudinal arrangement, in the Superb, of course, transversely.

Better starting position

I certainly do not claim that this year, in the case of the tested Scout specification, I would confuse the four-cylinder with the six-cylinder, or that it would be significantly quieter against the green Sportlin, but one thing helped the red station wagon a lot – the week before the scout I spent behind the wheel of the Octavia RS 2.0 TDI (147 kW) DSG 4×4 and here the diesel was far, far noisier. Changing to a superb brought significant refinement, so that, at least compared to its smaller sibling, the Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI (147) kW EA 288 Evo comes out as a much quieter companion. However, the aforementioned experience with Audi proves that it could be even better.

The indisputable benefit of the Evo version is the much smoother onset of torque (I’m comparing it to the older version of the more powerful 2.0 TDI), now fifteen hundred revolutions are enough and the two-liter pulls pleasantly, the minimum used to be two thousand. As usual, I was a little irritated by the slower reactions of the DSG transmission, especially when exiting a corner I regularly waited for a suitable downshift. I solved it with the sports mode of the engine and transmission, which fortunately did not keep the revs unnecessarily high (again, I would compare with the diesel Octavia RS, where the sports mode was problematically usable for me, although I realize that a more resilient drive system is somehow expected in a more aggressive model). In the Superb, it’s as if there wasn’t even a sports mode, I didn’t spend forever digging over two thousand, when the transmission finally realizes that it could shift. A pleasant setting, for which I would not be angry in normal, comfort… But the superb is generally so shifted in this direction, I’ll get to that later.

As with the previous Superb with the same power unit, I was surprised by the consumption – most often I was slightly above seven liters, but on the highway the averages rose to eight. I definitely assumed that even with my typical weekly regimen (predominant highway and city), I would get under seven. I was moving at least a liter higher than I would have guessed.

Škoda Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI (147 kW) DSG 4×4

Sometimes too much comfort

In the end, I wrote “absolutely amazing comfortable chassis” in the notes for the test car. But in order to keep my word and return to the fact that the Superb “has such a shift overall”, we will have to explain the wonderfully comfortable chassis a little.

Even the red Superb Combi Scout was equipped with an adaptive chassis, for which in this case you pay an additional 22,500 CZK. And I dare say again that the ideal is the sports mode. Until then, the superb is very swayed, in terms of comfort I would say almost uncomfortably soft. In sport, however, your nose no longer bounces up and down on the slightest off-road wave, but the Superb still absorbs bumps very well, I think even above average. Even the bigger, sharper ones… as I wrote above, “absolutely amazing comfort chassis”.

I also switched the steering to sport, not that I got much feedback, I don’t even hope for that with modern electric boosters, but just as the chassis is excessively soft outside of sport, the steering is unnecessarily overpowered. It seems to me that Škoda cars used to have better adjusted power steering, the latest pieces are downright useless, the new Fabia turned out the worst, here it really only turns the steering wheel aimlessly and very easily. However, the Octavia RS, which I also tried today, is not much better. At the same time, it goes significantly better, see the long-term Golf with a mild-hybrid fifteen-speed manual – here at least I experienced some coupling with the front axle.

That’s how it would work!

That’s how I drove the Octavia RS, its name came up a few times here, and after a week behind the wheel I almost said to myself that the latest Škoda infotainment won’t be so bad after all, that it gets stuck less, that maybe it’s not so terribly slow anymore… after exchanging it for a superb, I would be very sorry for such reconciliation. It is true that a person gets used to basically everything, but why should he? From an ergonomic point of view, the solution in the Superb is incomparably more user-friendly and certainly safer.

Some car companies have already come to their senses and at least sometimes keep the ventilation control in the traditional scheme (next week we’ll talk about it in the Honda Civic, huge praise already!), but at the VW concern it’s not quite shining for the time being. Recently, at an event with the Czech representative office of VW, I heard something about the upcoming electric car, which will completely lose the instrument cluster and everything will take place on one giant tablet in the middle. Kind of like a Tesla that… well, nothing, in the superb I could set everything related to temperature comfort with unsurpassed comfort, there was no physical button for stop-start, I could call up the menu of driving modes with the controller. At the same time, as I always emphasize, there are no modern achievements such as a digital radio, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a phone charging box, USB-C connectors (on request, also for the interior rear-view mirror). This way everyone would be satisfied, unfortunately, such a comprehensively pink future is very uncertain. Although, in the case of the Škoda Vision 7S concept, we identified configurable circular controls on the center panel, which are quite reminiscent of the ventilation classic in the Superb. ŠKODA customers are reportedly not entirely to their taste for the current purely digital direction. Wouldn’t it be so bad after all?

Škoda Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI (147 kW) DSG 4×4

I always praise the interior space and the huge trunk with a basic volume of 660 liters, but once again I am reminded of the missing lamp. I already cried at the last Superb Sportline test, I will do it again with permission for the red station wagon. Remember the removable magnet lamp that you could “glue” to the bodywork? To enlighten you when changing a wheel, for example? However, its primary task was to illuminate the luggage compartment, which the lamp did very well. Now two worthless bulbs in the inner part of the fifth door are trying to replace it. You will recognize that this solution is completely inadequate in the first poorly lit place. I had to use my mobile phone regularly. Menacing.

But overall, the savings on the Superb are not as pronounced as in the latest models, see the beautifully muffled slamming of the doors. A week before that, the Octavia RS was presented with a much cheaper, tinier sound.

Scout better Sportlin

Maybe it’s because the Superb with the same drive unit in the Sportline version promised something that it couldn’t fulfill – in the tested version with adaptive dampers, it lost the lowered, sportier chassis and thus remained “just” an ordinary Superb, which actually only looked like a slightly sharper version. Perhaps the red Superb Scout was helped by the simple fact that I spent the week before it in the Octavia RS 2.0 TDI, where the two-liter diesel was more pronounced than in the larger Škoda.

All this may have contributed to my ultimately seeing the Superb Combi Scout in a better light than the previously tested Sportline, but it is a highly comfortable, balanced, nimble and well-made car, of that I am convinced.

I would have expected lower consumption, I did not manage to get below seven liters, the misstep in the form of insufficient lighting of the luggage compartment is a surprising detail for a Škoda focused on simply clever. Otherwise, however, a very pleasant car, with a user-friendly interface that does not lack modern functions.

Very good car. For 1,150,900 CZK. Like this, it’s not a little, in addition, in the tested version, the red piece exceeded the 1.3 million mark. But when I look at the competition, what is sold today for a million and more, I don’t think 1.1 million for a mid-class station wagon with a two-liter diesel engine, automatic transmission, four-wheel drive and very good equipment is a downright exorbitant amount. I can still see the money here.

The cheapest version of the model CZK 1,150,900 (Škoda Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI/147 kW DSG 4×4)
Base with tested engine CZK 1,150,900 (Škoda Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI/147 kW DSG 4×4)
Tested car without extra charges CZK 1,150,900 (Škoda Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI/147 kW DSG 4×4)
Tested car with equipment 1,322,500 CZK (Škoda Superb Combi Scout 2.0 TDI/147 kW DSG 4×4)

Pros

  • Very comfortable chassis
  • Decent dynamics
  • Interior space, giant trunk
  • User-friendly infotainment

Minuses

  • Higher consumption
  • Insufficiently lit luggage compartment

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