Skoda’s Superb refresh is almost here

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Words: Nile Bijoux
15 Jan 2020

Skoda New Zealand has confirmed the updated Superb will land here in late January, although it seems we will miss out on the plug-in hybrid version.

Being a mid-cycle update, the styling hasn’t changed greatly. There are now full LED taillights, sequential turn signals and a full-width chrome strip across the boot. As with other recent new entrants, Skoda now spells out the brand name in place of the traditional badge. Up front are full matrix LED headlights and a wider corporate grille. The bumper has been restyled too, adding 8mm of length to the hatchback and 6mm to the wagon.

Inside are new seat upholsteries for some trim levels, new chrome and decorative trim on the console and fresh stitching on the leather and Alcantara seats. Boot space is rated at 625L for the hatch and 660L for the wagon.

Under the bonnet are three engine options, the petrols comprising a 1.8-litre turbocharged unit making 140kW and a 2.0-litre with 200kW. The sole diesel offering is a turbo 2.0-litre with 140kW.

A first for the Superb is the Scout variant, only offered with the 200kW petrol engine and all-wheel drive. It also gets 18-inch Braga alloy wheels, a Rough-Road package providing 15mm more ground clearance and new front and rear bumpers with aluminium-effect underbody protection.

There is plastic trim for the wheel arches, side sills and the lower part of the door to protect the bodywork and create an unmistakable off-road appearance. The radiator grille features black double slats framed by a chrome trim, while the roof rails and window frames are also chrome-plated. Finally, there are Scout badges on the wings and it comes in a special ‘Tangerine Orange’ paint finish.

Trim levels include ‘Style’, ‘Sportline’ and the aforementioned Scout. As a general rule, Style models are sedans and Sportlines are wagons, although Skoda will order Style wagons and Sportline sedans if you ask nicely. The Scout ($64,990) is only available as a wagon. Those wanting diesel power are restricted to the Superb Wagon. Prices start at $52,990 for the sedan and $59,990 for the wagon, before ORCs.

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