Better economy and emissions for the same price
19 February 2010

The Skoda Superb is now available with a 140bhp 2.0-litre TDI CR DPF common-rail diesel engine.

The unit replaces the 140bhp TDI PD.

Average fuel consumption is boosted by 4.4mpg to 52.3mpg, while CO2 emissions have been cut by 12g/km to 143g/km.

The standard diesel particulate filter (DPF) ensures it's compliant with Euro V emissions regulations.

Prices will still start at £18,205 – the same as the outgoing engine.

The new model comes with a choice of manual or DSG semi-automatic transmissions, and in S, SE, or Elegance trim.

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19 February 2010

TDI CR DPF common rail diesel engine...what a mouthful! (I wonder what the CR stands for then :o)

19 February 2010

[quote catnip]

TDI CR DPF common rail diesel engine...what a mouthful! (I wonder what the CR stands for then :o)

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:8)

Given how the Superb is now being compared to cars costing twice the price and in segments that Skoda would previously have been laughed out of (e.g. E-Class, 5-Series, now they've 'gone soft'), what the car really needs is VAG's 3.0L 6cyl CR diesel.

The Superb already has a too-big petrol complete with quad exhausts, can't be too hard to fit something just as large but three times as sensible.

DKW

19 February 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]what the car really needs is VAG's 3.0L 6cyl CR diesel[/quote]

I agree that a V6 diesel option would match its position in the marketplace. I presume however that it would probably be heavier than the V6 petrol engine. Bearing in mind that the V6 petrol doesn't handle particularly well, and knowing how a heavier engine ruined the handling of the Superb's predecessor, I would expect it to be a bit of a duffer. I think the 170 CR engine already suits the cars real world livability very well, even if it lacks glamour. Mind you, the Skoda's glamour is partly in it's lack of glamour.

19 February 2010

Hm, a fine point - be interesting to compare the weight of the two lumps. I do wonder though if the complaints levelled at the big VR6 have a lot to do with oversized wheels, undersized tyre walls and various 'sporty tweaks' contrived to bring the car more in character with its 0-60 times and 260 PS (and hinted at by all four exhaust pipes). You'd have to hope that a big 'n lazy oil burner wouldn't attract the same sort of marketing-lead nonsense.

19 February 2010

Good, about time. Don't understand why it didn't get this engine at launch, presumably because VW didn't want it to hurt Passat CR TDI sales.

19 February 2010

Why does anybody buy replica Skodas (VW/Audi) when you can have the real thing for less? ;o)

19 February 2010

[quote 230SL]Why does anybody buy replica Skodas (VW/Audi) when you can have the real thing for less? ;o)[/quote]

The Superb dosen't share anything with the Audi A4/ A6, which are currently individual cars to Audi with no shared platforms, and the Passat is more expensive than the Superb...

19 February 2010

[quote J400uk]

[quote 230SL]Why does anybody buy replica Skodas (VW/Audi) when you can have the real thing for less? ;o)[/quote]

The Superb dosen't share anything with the Audi A4/ A6, which are currently individual cars to Audi with no shared platforms, and the Passat is more expensive than the Superb...

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But you could get an A3 (or indeed a TT) based on the Octavia or an A1 based on the Fabia.

And the fact that the Passat is more expensive than the Superb reinforces the point.

19 February 2010

[quote giulivo]

But you could get an A3 (or indeed a TT) based on the Octavia or an A1 based on the Fabia.

And the fact that the Passat is more expensive than the Superb reinforces the point.

[/quote]

Nope, your still wrong.

The A1 isn't based on the Fabia, it uses the PQ25 platform shared with the latest Polo and Ibiza. Fabia uses the old PQ24 platform as per the last gen Polo and Ibiza.

I'm not sure what the issue is with a Passat been more expensive than a Superb? VW are a more prestigious brand so you can expect them to sell for more. You wouldn't walk into a designer label clothes store and ask them why they selling clothes more expensive than Asda are, it works the same with cars.

19 February 2010

[quote J400uk]

You wouldn't walk into a designer label clothes store and ask them why they selling clothes more expensive than Asda are, it works the same with cars.[/quote]

Perhaps not but you'd still expect your designer supplier to be using materials of a significantly higher quality than those of a similar item found at Asda, non?

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