Skoda Superb (2002–2008)
Big Skoda based on stretched Chinese market Passat floorpan and 4,803mm (15 ft 9 in ) long.
Built at the Skoda assembly plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. UK prices from £14,200 including air-conditioning, CD player, metallic paint and five three-point seatbelts. VAG engine options start with VW's old 2.0 litre 115bhp petrol, the Passat's 150bhp 1.8T, a TDI PD 130 diesel and a 193bhp 2.8 V6. Line up might also include the Passat's 155bhp V6 TDI and 170bhp V5. Automatic option with some but not all engines. 150bhp 1.8T drives well. Very well received by motoring press and owners.
Nice, thoughtful features such as keylock for boot and petrol filler in driver's door and four bag hooks in the boot to keep supermarket bags upright.
From January 2006 Superb range expanded with addition of 1.9 TDI PD 105bhp in Comfort trim. 2.5 V6 TDI Tiptronic now available in Classic and Comfort trim. Fold down rear seats fitted to some models from 2005 model year.
From July 2006 updated for the 2007 model year. New radiator grille with, more 3-dimensional design in line with the new face of koda. Turn indicators integrated into the wing mirrors and front indicators have been combined with headlamps. Tail lights are C-shaped. Four new colours: Cappuccino Beige, Olive Green, Anthracite Grey and, from November 2006, Satin Grey. New dashboard on all trim levels. Instruments clusters are backlit with white light. Classic, Comfort and Elegance continue extended with Laurin & Klement. L&K includes 17” alloy wheels, dual exhaust, special badging, leather seats, wood trim and sleek metal-finished frames on ventilation outlets and door handles.
Three petrol and three diesel engines, with performance levels ranging from the 115 bhp 2.0 litre to the 2.8 V6 with 193 bhp in the petrol engines and from 105 bhp in the 1.9 TDI to 160 bhp in the 2.5 V6 TDI in the turbo diesel engines.
Skoda generally lowest average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 31.93) Link:- www.reliabilityindex.co.uk 2nd top marque in 2004 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.