Full pricing and specs have been released for the new Skoda Superb, which will rival everything from the Ford Mondeo to the BMW 3 Series

The new Skoda Superb was revealed at the Geneva motor show, and is being pitched as a rival to everything from the Ford Mondeo to the BMW 3 Series.

It will start from £18,640 for the 1.4-litre petrol engine in entry-level S trim and go up to £34,740 for the faster 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine with DSG gearbox when it goes on sale later this year.

The Czech manufacturer has shifted just over 750,000 examples of its flagship since it was first introduced in 2001, and around 6000 were sold in the UK last year. Accordingly, the latest generation does little to mess with the Superb formula; there's only a modest gain in length over the car it replaces (28mm) and it's actually slightly shorter than the latest Mondeo hatchback.

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However, the Superb moves to the VW Group's MQB platform architecture and sits on a much-extended wheelbase (it's 80mm longer than the old car's, and 94mm up on the latest Passat's) to build on the car's key strength: cabin and boot space.

The Superb's styling is typical current Skoda fare, with crisp, straight-edged creases along the flanks, a prominent front grille with vertical slats and slim headlights whose design is influenced by Czech cut crystal.

The cabin gets improved materials throughout, and while the rear legroom feels similar to the previous car's admittedly generous provision, you do notice improved rear head room and greater shoulder room for front and rear passengers.

Unlike the previous Superb, which offered a dual-mode boot opening, the new model gets a conventional hatchback. The boot itself is enormous; with the rear seats in place the capacity is 625 litres, 39 litres up on a Passat and 84 litres more than a Mondeo. The gap grows further when you lower the 60/40 split rear seats.

The engine line-up will be focused on diesels, starting with a 118bhp 1.6-litre unit that should emit around 103g/km of CO2 in manual form, or 106g/km when equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This motor will also be offered in more efficient, manual-only Greenline trim that will follow a few months after the main launch; the CO2 emissions of that edition are expected to drop to around 96g/km.

The core diesel motor will be a 2.0-litre unit in two states of tune. In 148bhp form it will emit 106g/km of CO2 (116g/km as a DSG auto), and the more powerful 187bhp edition emits 107g/km as a manual, 119g/km as an auto or 131g/km as an auto with four-wheel drive.

Petrol engines will continue to be offered in the UK, although they'll account for only a tiny percentage of sales. The two motors will actually book-end the range; the overall entry-level Superb will be a 1.4 turbo petrol with 148bhp and CO2 emissions of 115g/km, while the range-topper will be a 276bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, equipped with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. It'll emit 164g/km of CO2.

Four trim levels will be offered in the UK. All editions will get at least a 6.5in colour screen, plus dual-zone climate control, City Emergency Braking and one of the previous Superb's trademark touches: a pair of pocket umbrellas concealed in the front doors.

Moving up from entry-level S to SE adds parking sensors and Mirrorlink functionality to the infotainment system, while SE-L brings navigation on the 6.5in screen. Skoda has yet to confirm a spec list for the range-topping Lauren & Klement edition. The options list will include a large sunroof, a neat tablet PC bracket for the rear armrest, three-zone climate control, Dynamic Chassis Control and 4G-based in-car wi-fi.

As little as £18,640 will get you the entry-level Superb with 1.4-litre petrol engine in S trim, rising to £21,440 for the 1.6-litre diesel engine with DSG gearbox. The next trim up, SE, starts at £21,190 for the 1.4-litre petrol and goes up to £23,590 for the AWD 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel variant. 

SE L Executive comes in at £24,220 for the 1.4-litre petrol, with the 2.0-litre petrol with automatic transmission starting at £27,020, and a four-wheel-drive, higher-powered 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel with DSG gearbox costs £30,220.

Top-spec Laurin & Klement trim starts at £30,640 for a 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol with DSG gearbox, and the most expensive model in the entire Superb range is the 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine all-wheel-drive variant with DSG auto, costing £34,740. Diesels in this trim start from £28,740 for the lower-powered 2.0-litre TDI, rising to £33,840 for the more potent version of the 2.0-litre in automatic guise with all-wheel-drive.

Order books for the Superb will open in the summer, with first deliveries expected in September. An estate model should be unveiled in late spring, and its rollout to customers should be about a month after the hatchback's.

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22 December 2014
Shove the four rings, or VW badge on the back and it could be a vast number of differnt cars, the VW Group are just so lazy with their borning designs........... It is about time they learned that people really want interesting cars, not the same model rehashed over a number of marques...... Until VW realise this, the profits at VW will contineu to fall.

22 December 2014
jonboy4969 wrote:

Shove the four rings, or VW badge on the back and it could be a vast number of differnt cars, the VW Group are just so lazy with their borning designs........... It is about time they learned that people really want interesting cars, not the same model rehashed over a number of marques...... Until VW realise this, the profits at VW will contineu to fall.

Excellent literacy skills there, well done.

 

23 December 2014
Your badly worded comments may have some merit, but in respect of "Until VW realise this, the profits at VW will contineu to fall" VW is by far Europe's most successful car marker, so maybe they know what they are doing after all?

22 December 2014
The VW group is milking the Skoda name for all its worth, this supposedly new Superb got trounced in its original guise( Passat )by the Mondeo, so what makes VW believe this would take the fight to the Mondeo? Originality used to be a huge selling point in the automotive industry, shame VW is not a member...

25 December 2014
VW input transformed Skoda from a joke destined for oblivion, into a credible, respected and successful contender. Skoda would not exist toady without VW. And what exactly is original about the Mondeo anyway?

22 December 2014
I'm just glad that there is still a quality D segment contender without a premium badge. Don't like Fords, the Insignia is getting on, the Accord, C5 being axed.

22 December 2014
Well, from the pictures that I've seen elsewhere this is as good as it gets in this class. I don't see it as lacking originality any more or less than other big saloons (except the lovely Mazda 6 perhaps). I actually prefer it to the new Jag XE and most if not all of the premium stuff. Maybe the pictures I've seen are misleading…

18 February 2015
I second what Shrub said. I think its a great looking car, much more so than its predecessor and together with the Mazda 6 easily the best looking in their class.

Cyborg

22 December 2014
Couldn't look any worse than the ungainly and poorly proportioned current monstrosity.

24 December 2014
The Mondeo will soon be as irrelevant as all the other big Fords and Vauxhalls before it, just look at the sales decline. People just don't seem to want big flash Fords any more, so the Superb has to do a lot more than take on the big Ford. But the sketch shows a lot of promise and this could be just the car to show that there is life yet in the non premium D-sector market. I wonder if there will be an estate version, suspect that could really do well here.

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