The Skoda Superb, our reigning family car of the year, thas been given a mid-life update with restyled front and rear ends, new interior trim and a tweaked engine line-up. Skoda’s new flagship model made its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, and will go on sale in the UK at the end of June.
And it’s not hard to see why Skoda chose Shanghai as a venue for its debut. China is now Skoda’s biggest market worldwide, with around one in four Skodas sold going to a Chinese customer.
From the A-Pillar forward, the design is all new and brings it into line with newer models like the Rapid and Octavia. A wider grille, the badge and the headlight clusters are all new - the latter features bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED running lights for the first time. Squarer fog lights and a single chrome bar running across the lower air intake are also added, along with a new bonnet and front wings.
At the back, the numberplate has moved upwards, creating a cleaner surface on the rear bumper, while new LED tail lights form a new 'C' shaped pattern. New alloy wheel designs and two additional metallic paint finishes - Meteor Grey and Moon White - finish off the exterior changes.
Not all engines are updated, but the full range of diesels and the 1.4 TSI model now get stop-start and kinetic energy recuperation as standard. The result is an improvement in fuel efficiency of up to 19 per cent; the Superb GreenLine, for example, now returns 67.3mpg and emits just 109g/km of CO2. A six-speed manual gearbox is now available on the 138bhp 2.0 TDI 4x4, while the 168bhp 2.0 TDI 4x4 now comes with a six-speed DSG gearbox.
New fabric and pattern choices are available for the interior, along with updates to existing technologies. On the hatchback's Twindoor tailgate, for example, there are separate buttons for opening just the bootlid or the entire rear hatch, while the latest generation of Park Assist allows both parallel parking and reverse parking in car parks.
There are no prices yet for the Hatch and Estate versions, but expect a small increase over the existing car's £18,030 starting price.