Superb gets the designer look with limited edition Laurin & Klement

By Philip Hedderman

If it’s good enough for Land Rover and FIAT then why not Skoda?

Yes, we’re talking about the designer model.

Victoria Beckham put her signature on the new Evoque and being Italian, it could only be the Gucci house to the give the little 500 a makeover.

Now Skoda has decided to make their luxury limo, the Superb, even more luxurious.

In honour of the founding fathers of the brand Vaclav Laurin  and Vaclav Klement (whose car company was bought by Skoda) a limited special edition of the best saloon money can buy is now on offer.

Rumour has it that only 40 will be coming to these shores, and the unique L&K has subtle branding on both front wings.

She gets Bi-xenon headlights, fog lights with cornering function, LED rear lights (limousine only) 18’inch Sirius alloys and twin chrome exhaust pipes.

Inside it’s wall-to-wall leather with embossed L&K logos in the headrests to compliment the chrome door sills in the same plaque.

It is loaded with goodies too including sat nav, climate control (front and rear) heated seats, cruise control, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth and multi-function leather steering wheel.

Pretty similar to what you’d get in a top spec Superb anyway, I hear you scream?

Well yes, but the real bang for your buck is under the hood in the guise of the magnificent 170bhp diesel engine.

It has the sprint of a hot hatch hitting 0-100kph in just over 8 seconds and a top end of 222 while it’s far from thirsty returning 5.7l/100km (around 50mpg).

She’s easy on the CO2s too coming in at 149g/km – meaning annual Road Tax of €300.

It is a little pricy though, with our test model a coming in at €36,645.

There is good news for the price conscious and it comes under the name of the 1.4 TSi.

Hard to believe, I know but a 1.4 lugging a monster around like this and with ease.

On the way to collect her my mind wandered back to my sisters’ Mark III Passat which on paper ticked all the right boxes but in reality was a disaster.

A giant family car with unprecedented leg room in the rear but ruined by the massively underpowered 1.6 litre powerplant.

That model with the solid grille (from 1988-1996) was such an unmitigated flop, UK dealers dropped it like a hot stone but it continued to sell here.

Thankfully unlike its distant cousin which was the last of the carburettor era, this unit is both fuel injected and turbocharged– resulting in a very decent 130bhp and a 1-100kph sprint of just under 11 seconds.

Impressive stats, but would she cut it in the big bad world that is the school run, footy practice two-mile rush hour tailbacks.

As long as you’re not expecting GTi-type performance – most will be more than content and it is well capable for all of the things you’d expect a car of this size to do.

And its frugal too returning over 40mpg and road tax of €330.

OK, it will labour with a full crew and luggage on-board  and you’re not gonna be first out of the traps at the toll bridge, but once you hit a cruising speed of 120kph that won’t matter.

You see, that’s when the Superb’s magic begins to happen. From the time you slip behind the soft leather steering wheel one is left in no doubt as to the quality and premium feel of the cabin. Room in the rear is legendary and has just got bigger – 19mm bigger.

The boot is also a revelation which is bigger than most estates boasting a massive 565 litres of space and with the back seats folded flat becomes a gargantuan 1,670 litres of luggage room.

Couple that with the brilliantly clever Twin Door tail gate and it means this goes from luxo barge to saloon to a versatile hatch back at the click of a switch.

This little gadget which comes as standard is the biggest selling point for the Superb.

Click under the boot lid and it opens revealing a normal sized boot.

Double click the release lever beside it and with a two flashes of the brake light the rear window attaches itself to the boot lid revealing a gargantuan trunk – meaning you could carry practically any load.

As with any Skoda the build quality is second to none with little touches of luxury at your fingertips and every switch, knob and lever has a Germanic invincibility about it – even the touch screen buttons which operate the infotainment system.

The one chink in that invincible armour is the absence of a spare wheel – relying instead in a complicated puncture repair kit and plug in pump.

It could do with being priced more competitively with just €500 between it and the 1.6 TDi diesel.

With the announcement this week that fuel prices are going to increase by at least 10 cent a litre it may take a little more persuasion to get customers into a petrol.

But if you’re doing less than 15,000 a year then it’s a no brainer.

The Superb starts at €25,615