The Skoda Superb 103TDI has been launched in Australia, cutting the entry price of the diesel-powered European family car below $40,000.

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Set to go head-to-head with the new Ford Falcon EcoLPI and the all-new Peugeot 508 HDi, the Skoda Superb 103TDI promises frugal fuel consumption and the cheapest starting price of the three.

The best news for new car shoppers is Skoda Australia has decided against charging the usual premium for the diesel engine, meaning the entry-level 103TDI is priced identically to the 118TSI petrol model.

The 103TDI engine is the same unit already found in the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Eos, Tiguan and Caddy, and slots into the Superb range below the 125TDI.

Producing 103kW of power and 320Nm of torque, the smaller diesel will be teamed exclusively with the six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission, the same one used by the 125TDI and 3.6 V6 models.

The 103TDI variant becomes the most versatile engine in the range, available in Ambition and Elegance trims, front- and all-wheel drive, and sedan and wagon body styles.

The front-wheel drive sedan is the most efficient model in the range, with a combined cycle fuel consumption rating of 6.1 litres/100km – undercutting the 125TDI by 0.2 litres/100km. The front-wheel drive 103TDI wagon uses 6.2 litres/100km.

The all-wheel drive variants use slightly more fuel at 6.4 litres/100km for the sedan and 6.5 litres/100km for the wagon.

Specification levels of the Ambition and Elegance model lines remain the same, meaning the entry-level Superb 103TDI is well equipped with nine airbags, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors (and parallel Park Assist in the wagon), 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and plenty more.

Highlights of the Elegance model include bigger alloy wheels, leather upholstery, satellite navigation with 30GB hard drive and voice control and bi-xenon headlights.

2011 Skoda Superb 103TDI manufacturer’s list prices (not including government or dealer charges):

  • Ambition sedan – $38,990
  • Ambition wagon – $40,990
  • Ambition 4x4 sedan – $41,990
  • Ambition 4x4 wagon – $43,990
  • Elegance 4x4 sedan – $48,490
  • Elegance 4x4 wagon – $50,490