HOW QUIETLY CONFIDENT DID Skoda have to be to name a car Superb? Very, I guess and in all fairness the Superb has really been superb all these years. There’s very little to fault in it and as the old saying goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That is exactly what Skoda has done with the Superb for 2020. On the face of it, very little has changed. There are some minor tweaks to the styling and equipment, with a major change being the new 2-litre TSI engine under the hood. But the Superb is a sedan (well, a notchback technically) and the sort of car that has seen better days on the sales charts. The relentless onslaught of SUVs from all sides — from the likes of the Toyota Fortuner at one end, and the Compass, Tucson and even Skoda’s own Kodiaq at the other, and even from premium offerings like the BMW X1 and Merc GLA has leftold-school cars like the Superb a bit lost. In my time with the Superbs, I took it upon myself to answer key questions — between the Sportline and the L&K, which is the better buy? And more importantly, is a car like the Superb still relevant any more?
I had to Google an image of the old car and hold it up in front of this one to spot the differences between them. I’ll save you the trouble — as with any facelift, the headlamps are refreshed, they now extend all the way up to the grille. The grille looks slightly larger as well, though I didn’t take a measuring tape to it so don’t attack me on social media if it isn’t. The front bumper is slightly more chiseled, but the easiest way to tell the new Superb from the old one is by looking at the fog lamps. They are by far the most noticeable change — they’re sleeker on the 2020 model. At the rear, things are even more subtle. The taillamps look rather similar but the Skoda badge has been replaced by Skoda lettering — something you can expect across Skoda’s new cars in the future. There are a few minor tweaks in the bumper but I’d rather not bore you with them.
Instead, lets talk differences between these two trims — the Sportline and the L&K, because that’s where things get interesting. The L&K is the blingier of the two. It has chrome on the grille, fog lamp surrounds, window surrounds and even between the taillamps. The Sportline is more youthful — all those bits are blacked out along with the badges and it even gets a cool boot lip spoiler. And that theme continues on the inside with all-black interiors and a liberal dose of Alcantara on the Sportline. The sporty touches don’t end there — it gets a flat-bottom steering wheel and sportier seats with integrated headrests.
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