- Ramped-up equipment levels for Skoda’s sportiest Superbs
- Keyless entry and electric tailgate part of the SportLine Plus package
- 150hp 2.0-litre TDI Estate will cost a high-rate payer £282/month
It has long been a firm favourite with company car drivers, but the Skoda Superb range’s appeal has been bolstered further with the introduction of a SportLine Plus trim level.
With the Superb facing stiff competition from the evergreen Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport as well as the attractive Peugeot 508 Fastback and Volkswagen Arteon, the new trim level is as much freshness as Skoda can muster until the model’s mid-life facelift in 2019.
Still, that’s no bad thing: in SportLine Plus guise the Superb looks sleek and aggressive, but can be paired with engines that aren’t a benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax nightmare.
How much will a Superb SportLine Plus cost in BIK tax?
SportLine Plus is priced firmly towards the top of the Superb range, with P11D values starting at £29,115 for the 1.4 TSI 150PS Hatch up to £36,630 for the 2.0 TDI 4x4 Estate.
Available with three petrol engines and two diesels, the 2.0 TSI model is the most powerful with 280hp and four-wheel drive as standard. This is enough to send the car to 0-60mph in just 5.8 seconds.
Company car drivers, however, will most likely be attracted to the 2.0 TDI with 150hp, which emits just 113g/km of CO2, placing it in the 27% BIK tax band (inclusive of the 4% diesel surcharge). That will cost a 40% rate-payer £282 per month for the Estate, compared with £409 for the high-performance petrol in the 33% band. These costs are calculated assuming no optional extras have been specified.
What extra equipment does the SportLine Plus have?
Costing £1,500 more than the existing SportLine models, Skoda claims the SportLine Plus’s additional equipment represents a 40% saving compared with adding the items individually.
That extra kit includes an electric tailgate, keyless entry and starting, a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Wi-Fi and blindspot monitoring.
Heated front seats, quilted Alcantara upholstery, carbonfibre-look trim, aluminium pedals and LED ambient lighting further sweeten the deal.
Outside, the SportLine Plus gains 19-inch anthracite alloy wheels and gloss black details for the bodykit. The Superb Hatch also gets a black rear spoiler, while the Estate’s roof rails are finished in the same colour.
The previous SportLine models continue, complete with a £470 price reduction, although it has had its multimedia system downgraded in the process.