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The Skoda Superb

The updated Skoda Superb – slightly pricier but still good value

SKODA has just announced UK prices and specifications for its facelifted flagship Superb model. Equipment levels are improved but prices have crept up a bit too. The engine line-up has a familiar look to it, but economy is improved by up to 19 per cent compared with the out-going models.

Prices for the entry-level S variant now start at £18,555 for a car with the 125 PS 1.4 TSI petrol engine. That’s an increase of £555, but the S spec now includes a four-spoke leather steering wheel with integral radio and phone controls, cruise control, a trip computer, a Bluetooth phone link and a stop/start system diesels and the 1.4 TSI petrol.

Company car drivers will be drawn to the frugal 1.6 TDI GreenLine model which emits 109 g/km and gets into the 16 per cent company car tax band for 2013/4. GreenLine prices start at £20,015 for a car with S trim – that represents a slightly heftier price increase compared with the old model of £815.

There are similar spec improvements and price tweaks throughout the range – SE models get aluminium-look interior detailing and a dimming rear view mirror, while the Elegance gets LED daytime running lights, a DAB radio and a heated front screen. The range now tops out at £33,755 for the 3.6-litre 4×4 model with a self-shifting DSG transmission and Laurin & Klement trim.

The price premium for estate models compared with the standard five-door hatch is £1,125.

Alasdair Stewart, Brand Director for Skoda UK, commented: “The Superb continues Skoda’s tradition of offering a huge amount of space, engineering excellence and great value for money. Since its launch 12 years ago, the Superb has been lauded for its versatility, comfort and equipment. This comprehensive facelift builds on these and we are confident that the excellent improvements to fuel consumption and CO2 will appeal to both fleet and private customers.”

The revised Superb models go on sale in the UK from 17 July.