Testing of the next-generation Superb and Kodiaq models has been completed by Škoda engineers after an intensive international test program. Over a period of two years, they covered more than a million kilometers.
“We live by the words of our founders Laurin and Klement from 1895: Only the best is good enough for our customers,” said Johannes Neft, Škoda Auto board member for technical development.
“For that reason, we push our cars to the limit, simulating and testing everything our customers might face during their journeys. Our vehicles complete well over a million kilometers in urban traffic, on country roads and on motorways within a few months, a distance an average customer would need 40 years to cover.”
Following two years of virtual testing, the real-world drives examined overall quality and durability, including chassis and body, powertrain and electrical systems. In addition, many individual components and entire assemblies, such as the new DCC Pro system and the new Top LED Matrix headlights, were tested on special test rigs and in the laboratory.
“Before the start of series production, we assess all of the roughly 7,000 components,” says Florian Weymar, head of Škoda Auto quality assurance. “Our rigorous test programs yield precise data on each part’s resilience, durability and overall quality. From these extreme tests, we gain insights into factors like thermal endurance and even the durability of paints and finishes. We are committed to identifying and implementing any necessary adjustments.”
Severe weather testing exposed the new models to temperatures as low as -30°C north of the Arctic Circle as well as tests in the searing heat of Spain, Africa and the Arizona desert at temperatures of up to 50°C. The assessments also revealed details on the thermal behavior of the new plug-in-hybrid drivetrain.
Both models were subjected to towing tests on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in the Austrian Alps. These mountain road tests, with inclines reaching 13%, offered valuable insights into brake efficiency and thermal regulation. As both models series will be also available as PHEV versions with an electric range of over 100km (62 miles), Škoda took the initiative to also assess varied charging options and infrastructure.
Having completed the intense testing program, both model series are now ready for their world premieres in the coming weeks.