Skoda Superb 2013

19 Apr, 2013 5:16pm Jack Rix

The Skoda Superb has been given a mid-life facelift, with revised styling and more efficient engines

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.

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No thanks I'll have the octavia, looks much better

Still isn't superb to my eyes, and like any Skoda fails to interest me - even slightly.

Why bother commenting then? Are you just a troll...

Looks more imposing, and with the added tech etc, should retain its many Car of the Year awards. The back looks a lot neater too now, the one thing that did appear to let it down in the past. A great car made even better.

does it still have the VR6? :S

Looks like a Chinese copy of something.

A Superb car........for your retirement.

Don't bother. Their customer service is nye on useless and the so calles leather seats wear through in 20K miles. Designed down to a price!

Now looks even worse. Back end of the saloon looks like some kind Ssanyong afterthought. Horrible.

I like most skodas, but the Superb just looks dull, depressing and out of proportion. The cabin looks too big for the car. Needs more bulk to around the bonnet and boot

Looks more like an Essex face-lift!

I will comment positively or negatively (as others do) as I am entitled to do thanks very much. Are you just an over sensitive fanboy...

Taking time out to make a pointless response which adds nothing to the discussion is what he's complaining about. Feel free, though.

Yes he so tediously is.

Looks like another over sensitive fan boys been upset. The reaction to my original comment are amusing. lol

Sounds like this bloke works for skoda

Err.. no your comments are just pointless, irrelevant and time wasting.

Tail lights remind me of Maserati Gran Turismo :)

Err.. and you are just adding to this with yet more pointless, time wasting comments! If my comments are so pointless why bother even replying. As I said, rather amusing. LOL

Nice passat should be cheaper than it to hopefully.

As an owner I would say the current Superb is well built and much quieter and more composed than the old Octavia. Not a looker, but at least it doesn't have the vulgarian creases and tacky dash of a Kia. This makeover makes it much more appealing, though not as much as the new Octavia. If Skoda has sorted the noise in the new Octavia then it will be a hard choice, when change time comes along.