Skoda Australia has slashed the price of its updated Superb large car by up to $7300 and cut the number of variants in its line-up from 14 to just six.
The entry-level Skoda Superb 118TSI now costs $31,990 in sedan form (-$7000) and $33,690 as a wagon (-$7300).
The high-grade Elegance 118TSI sedan and wagon fall $5500 and $5800 respectively to $39,990 and $41,690, while the diesel-powered Elegance 125TDI sedan and wagon now top the range at $44,990 and $46,690 (down $3500 and $3800).
The 103TDI diesel, 191FSI V6 petrol and 4×4 variants have all been dropped from the facelifted Superb line-up, with Skoda Australia confirming the changes reflect customer demand.
Along with the reduced prices, the facelifted Superb receives a freshened look and some new tech gear, including automated parking for both parallel and perpendicular spots.
Externally everything ahead of the windscreen has been redesigned with new front fenders, bumper, bonnet, grille and headlights. At the rear, the sedan features a more flowing look for the new LED tail-lights, while the licence plate holder has been relocated from the bumper to the trunk lid.
Changes to the rear of the wagon are more subtle, with the most noticeable changes being the new LED taillights and the revised area around the number plate.
The sedan’s TwinDoor boot lid, which can open like a traditional sedan trunk or a fastback hatch, has been retained. Skoda claims it’s now easier to operate as the key fob features a button for each method of opening.
An optional $1000 Travel Pack adds 18-inch alloy wheels, front parking sensors and tinted glass to the Ambition’s specs. Elegance buyers can go all out and add the optional $700 Driver Pack to imbue their Superb with fatigue detection, manually operated sun shades for the rear side windows and proximity entry key fob.
For both the Ambition and Elegance an electric sunroof is optional on the sedan, while a panoramic sunroof is available on wagon models.
All wagon variants are fitted with roof rails, an LED torch in the boot and a rolling luggage cover as standard.
The two carry-over engines offered in the revised Superb range include the 118kW/250Nm 1.8-litre turbo petrol and the 125kW/350Nm 1.8-litre turbo diesel. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard with the petrol engine, while automatic engine stop-start and a six-speed dual-clutch is fitted to the diesel.
Both engines are paired with brake energy recuperation and front-wheel drive as standard.
In the sedan the petrol motor has an official combined cycle fuel consumption rating of 7.2 litres per 100km, while the diesel is said to drink 5.5L/100km. The heavier wagons use 0.1L/100km more fuel with either engine.
2014 Skoda Superb range:
Superb Ambition 118TSI sedan $31,990 (-$7000)
Superb Ambition 118TSI wagon $33,690 (-$7300)
Superb Elegance 118TSI sedan $39,990 (-$5500)
Superb Elegance 118TSI wagon $41,690 (-$5800)
Superb Elegance 125TDI sedan $44,990 (-$3500)
Superb Elegance 125TDI wagon $46,690 (-$3800)
Entry-level Ambition models are equipped with:
17-inch alloy wheels
Rear parking sensors
Leather on the steering wheel, hand brake and gear shifter
Electronic front differential lock
Dual-zone climate control
Front fog lights with cornering lights
An eight-speaker sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, USB port, Bluetooth, CD player, SD card slot and an auxiliary jack
Elegance variants gain:
Adaptive bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights and indicators
Automated parking assistance for both parallel and perpendicular parking spots
Leather covered seats with heating elements for both the front and rear pews
Tyre pressure monitoring
An alarm with interior monitoring
Electric front seats with memory settings on the driver’s side
Electric folding heated wing mirrors
A 10-speaker sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, satellite navigation, 30GB hard disk, USB port, Bluetooth, auxiliary jack and a SD card slot