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by George Skentzos

The next-generation Škoda Superb range has been launched in Australia as the brand’s new flagship model.

The new Superb is said to offer new standards for quality, practicality, design and value with class-leading technology and craftsmanship.

Škoda boasts that its arrival completes the model range where each line now has distinct Škoda design DNA rather than styling cues borrowed from elsewhere.

2009 Skoda Superb range launched

While offered exclusively as a sedan, it retains the convenience of a wagon as a result of the TwinDoor variable boot opening which can accommodate larger items by lifting the entire boot lid together with the rear window.

This innovation almost doubles the rear loading area, accommodating 565 litres of luggage with the volume increasing to 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded down.

2009 Skoda Superb range launched

A range of frugal petrol and diesel engines cater for most everyday driving needs and preferences, with each coupled to a DSG transmission as standard.

The entry-level model uses a 1.8 TSI with 118kW and peak torque of 250Nm sent to the front wheels, matched to the latest seven-speed DSG transmission.

2009 Skoda Superb range launched

The other petrol choice is in the Superb 4×4 which uses a 3.6-litre V6 FSI with 191kW of power and a maximum torque of 350Nm between 2,500 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

Matched to a six-speed DSG transmission, the Superb 4X4 accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h.

2009 Skoda Superb range launched

With 125kW and a maximum torque of 350Nm between 1,750 and 2,500rpm, the 2.0 TDI offers surprising performance with a zero to 100km/h time of 8.8 seconds but also returns a combined fuel consumption figure of just 6.9-litres per 100km when mated to the six-speed DSG.

Škoda Superb Pricing
Superb Ambition 1.8 TSI 118kW DSG – $42,990
Superb Ambition 2.0 TDI 125kW DSG – $45,990
Superb Elegance 1.8 TSI 118kW DSG – $45,990
Superb Elegance 2.0 TDI 125kW DSG – $48,990
Superb Elegance 4×4 V6 3.6 FSI 191kW DSG – $56,990




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