Su­perb by name, trim by de­sign

Less aims to mean more in Skoda’s pared sedan and wagon for 2015

Herald Sun - Motoring - - NEWS - STU­ART MARTIN stu­

A NIP, a tuck and dele­tions head­line the changes to Skoda’s flag­ship Su­perb range.

The large-car range has lost its all-wheel drive vari­ant, along with it the lesser turbo diesel and the petrol V6.

A lack of buyer in­ter­est in those driv­e­trains prompted the change but Skoda hasn’t ruled out a re­turn to all-wheel drive if de­mand re­turns.

Pric­ing has dropped on some mod­els by as much as $2500 and the pre­mium for the wagon is a flat $1700.

The Am­bi­tion 118TSI sedan starts from $31,990 (down from $33,990) and the petrol El­e­gance vari­ant have dropped from $42,490 to $39,990.

The diesel 125TDI is $44,990, a $500 in­crease.

The driv­e­train changes take place un­der a tweaked ex­te­rior, with the stylists giv­ing the nose and tail a once-over.

Snout changes in­clude a new bon­net, bumper and grille with repo­si­tioned and re­vamped Skoda logo, flanked by re­designed head­lights, which are now bi-xenon on the El­e­gance model, and LED run­ning lights and in­di­ca­tors.

The rump has also had its lines cleaned up and given the “cu­bist tri­an­gle” look and the light treat­ment has been al­tered in de­sign and light-source (now LED). Bootlid oper­a­tion has been sim­pli­fied too.

En­gine map­ping changes, brake en­ergy re­cov­ery and stop-start fuel-saver setup have cut fuel con­sump­tion — the 1.8-litre turbo (118kW/250Nm) claims a com­bined fig­ure of 7.2L/100km (down from 7.3L).

The 2.0-litre turbo diesel (125kW/350Nm) claims 5.5L (pre­vi­ously 6.2L).

The gear­box choices are­un­changed. Both en­gines come stan­dard with twin-clutch au­to­mated man­u­als — petrol power gets a seven-speeder and diesel buy­ers get six speeds. The Su­perb range has the lat­est auto-park­ing tech­nol­ogy, stan­dard on the El­e­gance along with heated and pow­er­ad­justable front and rear leather seats, sun­roof, du­al­zone cli­mate con­trol, USB and Blue­tooth in­put, nine airbags and five-star ANCAP rat­ing.

El­e­gance mod­els also have tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor, sat­nav, 30GB hard-drive and 10speaker au­dio. An op­tional $700 Driver Pack adds key­less en­try and start and driver fa­tigue de­tec­tion.

The Su­perb has am­ple in­te­rior space. The sedan has 565L of cargo vol­ume (1835L with rear seats folded) and the wagon 603L and 1670L.

Su­perb: Sedan il­lus­trates slicker frontal treat­ment and wagon, in­set, shows tri­an­gu­lar tail tucks; cabin com­forts in­crease, too

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