Skoda has updated its Superb saloon and estate. The current model has been on sale almost five years now; a long time to go without facelift, and testament to its success.
The new look brings it in line with the smaller Rapid and Octavia hatchbacks, at the front end particularly, giving the Czech company’s range the uniform styling philosophy of more premium carmakers. A revamped front grille and new light patterns front and rear represent the key changes, while new paint colours and alloy wheel designs are available.
Efficiency is up to 19 per cent better, with stop/start fitted to all diesel engines, the thriftiest being the 67.3mpg, 104bhp Superb Greenline. The 138bhp 2.0 TDI Superb 4x4 now gets a six-speed manual gearbox, the 168bhp version a six-speed DSG twin-clutch transmission, just like its VW Passat Alltrack relation.
The park assist function is improved, helping you plonk the near-5-metre Superb in parallel bays and reverse it into regular spaces. The saloon’s ‘Twindoor’ rear – which means it operates both as a saloon and hatchback – remains, with simplified operation, while you still get an umbrella stored in one of the rear doors. Just like a Rolls-Royce Phantom…
The new Skoda Superb gets its full unveil at the 2013 Shanghai motor show in a couple of weeks. Prices should start little higher than the current Superb’s £18,030 entry point.