Turn the clock back to pre-war times and the Superb was also Skoda's flagship model, with a history dating all the way back to an original launch in 1934, after which for fifteen years its role was to showcase the high standards the Czech brand was then setting in automotive comfort, ride and refinement. Fast forward to the turn of the century and the Superb was back - the first generation version based on the platform of a stretched Volkswagen Passat. Hardly very Czech, but enough to satisfy the country's President Milos Zeman who'd come to Skoda wanting a large, luxury saloon, having been embarrassed by the previous need to use German cars for his official duties.
The MK1 Superb model sold well enough to force Volkswagen Group bosses to let Skoda build a replacement - and this time one with much more Czech DNA. Launched in 2008 and based on a platform stretched from Skoda's second generation Octavia, it added innovation to the Superb's established attributes of roominess, comfort and value. The Hatch model's novel Twindoor rear liftback arrangement offered the look of a saloon with the versatility of a five-door. And for those space-seekers not fully convinced, there was a fully-fledged estate variant offered for the first time too.
It was all enough to continue this model's strong sales showing, with over 557,000 examples of the second generation version sold by the time a package of general revisions was necessary in the summer of 2013. The changes were predictable - smarter looks, greater efficiency and extra high-tech equipment - but the car they were visited upon continued then, and continues now, to offer its own unique package of space, innovation and affordability in the medium range Mondeo sector. All-wheel drive Outdoor and Outdoor Plus estate models were added at the end of 2013. The SE Business trim appeared in April 2014 and July 2014 saw the launch of the Superb Black edition, with black alloy wheels, additional black exterior styling details, sunset privacy glass, 'Amundsen' satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, full leather upholstery, cruise control, floor mats and metallic/pearl effect paint. In February 2015, Skoda updated the SE Business trim level in hatch and estate guises, this model adding full leather upholstery and heated front seats as standard with no increase in price. It was but a stop-gap until the all-new Superb was launched in the Autumn of 2015.