Uniquely Skoda and simply clever
The Skoda Superb sits in a very unique position in the new car market. It offers as much interior space as a Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon but with two litre four-cylinder diesel economy and European style and safety features.
At $51,990 the Superb 103kW 2.0 litre turbo-diesel is $10,000 cheaper than the Citroen C5 2.0 litre TDI sedan and $3000 cheaper than the Peugeot 407 2.0 HDI sedan and the Renault Laguna 2.0 dCi wagon. The 103kW Volkswagen Passat is $3490 more expensive than its cousin from the
These may not be your run-of-the-mill fleet cars but more and more companies are looking outside the square for better running costs and residuals to the normal six-cylinder products from Japanese or Australian manufacturers.
Compare the Superb in price to a mid-range Falcon or Commodore, then factor in the fuel and servicing costs, not to mention residual values and you will find a compelling reason for going European.
The direct injection 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine in the Superb is mated to a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) which utilises twin-robotised clutches to change the six forward gears and also select reverse.
DSG combines the best attributes of a manual gearbox with an automatic and it’s a pretty slick operator in the Superb, making the most of the diesel engines 320Nm of torque available from 1800 rpm. Floor the throttle on a wet road and the Superb’s traction control system will kick in to prevent wheel spin.
On the plus side of the ledger, we managed to average fuel consumption of 6.5L/100km after a weeks running in the Superb.
For a large front-wheel-drive vehicle, the Superb handles um, er, superbly. Naturally it tends to under-steer in cornering, but the ride quality over our
It’s not as firmly suspended nor does it boast the ultra low profile tyres as some other European sedans therefore road noise, vibration and harshness does not intrude into the cabin, which is a very pleasant place to be. The Superb has lap and diagonal belts for five people but for longer journeys, we feel that two across in the rear seat would be more comfortable than three.
Although we liked the gloss piano black finish around the dashboard, stereo and gear selector, the charcoal interior of the Superb feels a little sombre and no doubt will be as hot as Hades in the
The major advantage that the Superb has over all its 2.0 litre European competitors apart from a competitive price is space and utility.
Skoda has used the Superb to introduce their novel twin-door system which allows an owner to open the cars tailgate such as a sedan or a lift back. With the rear seats in place it offers 565 litres of space and when folded down, 1670 litres.
For an even more versatile fleet car there will be a Superb Combi (wagon) which is currently being developed in
Body type Five-door liftback
Engine Type Inline four-cylinder turbodiesel
Engine Capacity 1968cc
Max power 103kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 320Nm @ 1800 rpm
Fuel Consumption 6.8L/100km
C02 emission 177g/km
0 to 100kph 10.2 sec
Front suspension McPherson Strut
Rear suspension Independent multilink
Roof Rack N/a
ABS Brakes Yes
Air Bags 9
Air Conditioning Climate
Lap/diagonal belts 5
Satellite Navigation Optional
Electric seats Optional
Burglar Alarm Yes
Panic Button No
Boot release Yes
Cargo Cover No
Boot Capacity 565/1670L
Wheel type 16-inch alloy
Spare Tyre Full size
Through Life Cost Report
36 Months 75000km
Servicing to 75k: $2,215.74
Residual (33%) $17,156.70
Indicative final figure $40,890.42
The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. StratCon Partnership Limited and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.
Skoda Superb 103kW
Friday, 30 March 2012