The first of the all new Skoda Superb have reached New Zealand shores and will be in dealers across the country in the coming days. The New Zealand Superb model range will consist of an all-diesel range with two versions — the 2.0 TDI 103 and the 2.0 TDI 125.
The new Superb sports a transversely mounted engine which creates more space inside the car. At the front greater space has been achieved by moving the gear position. The central tunnel has been designed in a much leaner form. And, in the rear, leg room has been increased by 19 millimetres.
The new Superb now has a tailgate with a patented TwinDoor variable boot opening. The driver can choose from opening just the boot lid for loading smaller items into the car or the entire tailgate with a press of a button. An added bonus of TwinDoor is that for those in hot or cold climates, the cool or warm air is not lost from the cabin if only the boot lid portion is opened. With rear seat backs in an upright position, the boot can accommodate 565 litres of luggage — more than 85 litres more than its predecessor. With rear seats folded, the volume increases to 1,670 litres.
The chassis of the new Superb uses Skoda’s modular strategy where modules from the existing Octavia (Golf) and Passat chassis have been combined. However, Skoda has taken these modules, and adapted them to give the car its own driving character.
Nine airbags are standard on the Superb – two front and two side airbags combined with front and rear head airbags provide protection whilst the driver knee airbag and side airbags in the rear further improve the effectiveness of the restraint systems. Pyrotechnical belt tensioners and belt force limiters also help reduce impact in a collision.
A number of systems are in place to help prevent an accident. Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is standard in both versions of the new Superb. The hill hold function on the 2.0 TDI 125 prevents the car from rolling backwards when the brake is released therefore helping with starts on hills.
The entry level diesel engine is the 2.0 TDI PD, producing 103 kW. Its peak torque is 320 Nm between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm, propelling the car from 0 to 100km/h in 10.2 seconds and reaching a top speed of 205 km/h. The combined fuel consumption figure of 6.8 litres per 100 km is very moderate and CO2 emissions equal 177 g/km. Comprehensive acoustic finishing touches reduce the noise level of the two pump-injector units.
The top of the range 2.0 TDI diesel engine works with common-rail direct injection achieving 125 kW, powering the car to a maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Consumption is 6.7 litres per 100 km in combined traffic conditions and CO2 emissions of 169 g/km. Top speed is 220 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds.
Both diesel engines come with an automatic six-speed DSG transmission as standard. A diesel particle filter is supplied in both versions as standard.
Standard specification on the Superb 2.0 TDI 103 includes features that offer drivers and passengers a good level of safety (9 airbags, ESP, a vehicle immobiliser with alarm, fog lamps, automatic lights, multifunction steering wheel and Isofix fittings throughout); a high level of comfort (dual-zone climate air conditioning, auto dimming heated exterior door mirrors, maxi-dot information display and leather steering wheel); and convenience and good styling (16″ alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors, an 8-speaker CD stereo with input for an iPod and many different storage features).
The Superb 2.0 TDI 125 offers further equpiment that includes (amongst other items): Bi-Xenon lights with AFS, full leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, electric front comfort seats, 17″ alloy wheels, parking sensors in the front, tyre pressure monitoring, integrated 6-CD touch screen stereo with 10 speakers and front fog lamps with corner function.
The 2.0 TDI 125 is being distributed to dealers throughout October, whilst the 2.0 TDI 103 is expected to arrive in New Zealand in January of next year.
The confirmed pricing for the new Superb is:
Superb 2.0 TDI 103 $51,990
Superb 2.0 TDI 125 $59,990