The all-new 2016 Skoda Superb has launched in Australia, priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs.
Available in both sedan and wagon body style, the third-generation Superb brings a pair of high performance petrol engines, along with a fuel efficient diesel.
Innovation and connectivity also plays a big role in the new Superb flagship, with both sedan and wagon variants featuring a new generation infotainment system which automatically connects to a smartphone via SmartLink.
Underpinned by Volkswagen Group’s latest MQB platform, the new Superb is said to be the most dynamic Superb ever.
There’s also significantly more space in the cabin, with both driver and front passenger enjoying 39mm more elbow room and more headroom. Skoda says the space in the rear is almost ‘princely’, with rear legroom expanded to 157mm and headroom now 980mm. Meanwhile, elbow room in the rear has increased by 69mm.
The boot capacity is rated at 625 litres for the sedan, and 660 litres for the wagon – 60 litres more than the outgoing Superb.
The new model is the Skoda’s first to offer Adaptive Chassis Control, including Driving Mode Selection.
Three engine options are on offer in Australia, including two TSI petrol and a TDI turbodiesel. Power range from 140kW/400Nm for the 2.0-litre TDI, to 162kW/350Nm and a potent 206kW/350Nm for the 2.0-litre TSI engine.
All powertrains are mated with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the 162TSI and 140TDI in front wheel drive configuration, while the 206TSI comes standard with the electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch coupling all-wheel drive system.
Standard features including three-zone climate control, Electronic Stability Control including Multi-Collision Brake, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Rear View Camera, Fatigue Detection, Passenger Protect Assist, electronic Tyre Pressure Monitoring, nine airbags, five three-point automatic seat belts with fastening alerts, Bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, as well as safety headrests. XDL, an enhanced function of the electronic differential lock, also comes as standard.
Three optional packages are offered.
Available for both 162TSI and 140TDI Superb models, the Image Pack adds 19-inch Anthracite alloy wheels, keyless entry and start and alarm, Driving Mode Selection, LED interior ambient lighting, steering wheel gearshift paddles and 15mm lowered sports suspension. These features are standard on the 206TSI Superb 4 x 4.
In combination with the Image Pack fitted to 162TSI and 140TDI models, the optional Tech Pack adds a host of assistance and convenience systems to the new Superb. These include: The third-generation Automatic Parking Assist system, Lane Assist, Side Assist – Blind Spot Detection, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, Adaptive Chassis Control, the Virtual Pedal hands-free tailgate system and a premium twelvespeaker Canton sound system. This package can also be added to 206TSI, which already feature the Image Pack as standard equipment.
Further adding exclusivity and practicality to the new Superb, the optional Comfort Pack adds: perforated leather-appointed seat upholstery (available in beige or black), front ventilated seats with cooling function, rear heated seats, and a front passenger seat that can be electrically adjusted from the rear.
Read ForceGT’s 2016 Skoda Superb Review here.
Pricing (Excl. on-roads)
Superb Sedan 162TSI DSG $39,990
Superb Sedan 140TDI DSG $43,990
Superb Sedan 206TSI 4 x 4 DSG $50,990
Wagon body style surcharge $1,700
Image Pack (162TSI and 140TDI only) $1,700
Tech Pack (162TSI and 140TDI) $4,700
Tech Pack (206TSI 4 x 4) $3,400
Comfort Pack (all variants) $1,500