The Skoda Superb has received its first comprehensive facelift, which includes more efficient engines
19 April 2013

The facelifted Skoda Superb, seen here for the first time, will be up to 19 per cent more efficient than before. The model will make its world premiere at the Shanghai motor show later this month.

"China is now our biggest market - one in four cars we sell are sold here," revealed Dr. Winfried Vahland, boss of Skoda.

Both the Skoda Superb hatchback and Superb estate receive new front and rear styling to bring the flagship model in line with the marque’s latest design language. Skoda says the Superb has been completely designed from the nose to A pillars, most notably with a new grille, bumpers and headlights, which are now available as bi-xenon units with integrated LED strips.

Rear styling revisions include new rear lights with LED graphics that create a ‘C’ shape. Additionally, new paint colours, alloy wheel designs and interior trim fabrics are offered. 

 "We've fundamentally revised the Superb," said Vahland. "The front and rear ends are new, but it retains the space and value. The estate version remains the most spacious car in its class."

Stop-start and energy recuperation technology is fitted as standard to all diesel models in the new 2014 Skoda Superb range. The 1.6-litre Superb Greenline model sees economy boosted by 3.1mpg to 67.3mpg and emissions reduced to 109g/km. Other mechanical revisions see the adoption of a manual transmission in 2.0-litre TDI 138bhp 4x4 models, while 167bhp versions of the same powertrain are offered with a six-speed DSG gearbox.

Equipment revisions see the inclusion of park assist, which can now support parallel and bay parking and also helps with entering and exiting parking spaces. Rear seat passengers are able to move the front passenger seat electrically.

Click here for more Shanghai motor show 2013 news.

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3 April 2013

The rear lights on the hatchback shape look like they have been lifted straight from an Audi or Volkswagen.

VAG have started to use the same styling cues across the brands and all it shows a massive lack of talent and imagination. Even the interiors are virtually the same (except by the looks of this, Skoda has developed a passion for 1970's brown). 

PSA cars share components and platforms but look massively different but still have great styling. Why can't VAG do the same? Especially with the prices they charge!


3 April 2013

Just goes to show that we're all different.

I like the clean and simple lines of most VAG products (though not the Fabia) and dislike what to my eyes are the mostly overstyled and clumsy-looking vehicles from PSA.

The important thing is that there is market choice - each to our own.

3 April 2013

MrJ wrote:

Just goes to show that we're all different.

I like the clean and simple lines of most VAG products (though not the Fabia) and dislike what to my eyes are the mostly overstyled and clumsy-looking vehicles from PSA.

The important thing is that there is market choice - each to our own.

For "clean and simple" read "unimaginative". Quite agree about Market choice - and also about the Fabia for that matter!

3 April 2013

The new rear end improves the look of the hatch immeasurably. It now looks less awkward and more blanced, although in profile it'll still look rear heavy, but this was only a facelift. But a facelift that works.

3 April 2013

It would appear that Skoda will finally be producing the 4x4 vesrion of the estate with the 167hp diesel and DSG gearbox. The current model only offrered manual gearbox with this combination or 140ps with DSg and 4x4 which was underpowered.  Otherwise the revisions look fairly mild, but this still makes the Superb a very attractive proposition.  

3 April 2013

Skoda nearly made the most appealing VAG group car, the 3.6 V6 Superb Estate could have been almost everything in a car, but was ruined for me with the compulsory DSG. I suspect that the V6 will disapear in this face lift anyway

4 April 2013

Yes, I think it is, Superbly Boring!

Oh by the way, the lovers of DSG should read about the catastrophic recall of this gear box in USA and recently in China.

The greedy VAG group has been hiding the problem of this issue and they only agreed to recall nearly 400,000 car in China thanks to the direct pressure from the Chinese government. in fo here: 

-And, I am wondering, has Autocar magazine ever mentioned about this issue??

3 April 2013

@rocketscience. I hope you are not suggesting Autocar would not report it, because it could potentially hit their advertising revenue? Now that would be cheeky!

3 April 2013

Really? This is news? Or has VAG been handing out the smarties again...

3 April 2013

The Skoda styling Dept (to my eyes anyway) can't do hatchbacks very well at all, but are good at estates. 


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