Skoda Superb wagon here now
24th May, 2010
Following last year’s launch of the Superb Sedan, Škoda
premiered the long-awaited Superb wagon at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The Czech car maker is
keen for this large car, delivering exceptional space and comfort, to re-define benchmarks in the
segment. The unique design with the typical Škoda “face”, the expressive rear section and the dynamic
silhouette help the new Superb Wagon stand out clearly from competitors. The car commands respect not
just because of its practical qualities, but also on account of its style and elegance. The generous
wheelbase and the roofline forming a gentle arc ensure that the car has well-balanced proportions
which provide the perfect space for passengers and luggage alike.
In a history of automobile production stretching back over 100 years, Skoda Auto has manufactured
numerous wagons in its hometown of Mladá Boleslav. As early as the mid-1920s, when the company was
still producing under the name of its founders, Laurin and Klement, it came up with wagon bodies for
the L&K 100 and 110 models. These “swap bodies” transformed sedans into commercial vehicles with a
loading area, and at the time were regarded as the preserve of traders. The original version of the
Superb back in the 1930s was also available not only as a luxury sedan, but also as a light commercial
vehicle. After the Second World War, the Škoda portfolio included wagons as we know them today. Perhaps
the best known examples of these cars, boasting the comfort of a sedan and the loading capacity of a
commercial vehicle, were the Škoda Octavia Wagon (produced from 1961 to 1971), and the 1202 STW
(manufactured until 1973).
The new Skoda Superb wagon is 4,838 mm long, 1,817 mm wide, and 1,462 mm high. Including the roof
rails, delivered as standard and available either anodised or black, the car’s height rises to 1,510 mm.
The outstanding loading capacity is bigger than anything seen yet in the segment: the luggage
compartment holds 633 litres, expanding to a cavernous 1,865 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
The width of the tailgate is large enough to accommodate bulky items. The low loading sill, a mere 600
mm above the ground, makes handling baggage easy.
The wealth of interior equipment and fittings in Superb wagon match its predecessor. And numerous
smart details have been added.
The entire Skoda Superb wagon range comes standard with the innovative Park Assist parallel parking
system which includes front parking sensors. It also is the first time it has been possible to option a
Skoda vehicle with the KESSY keyless locking and start system. A transmitter in the body of the key
communicates with the control unit in the car and unlocks the doors when the handles are touched. The
car can also be locked without using a key or remote control central locking by touching a button on
the external handle. The engine can be started and turned off with a button located on the right-hand
side of the steering wheel column. To start the engine, the driver first has to press the brake
Another interesting feature of the new Skoda Superb wagon is the optional electrically-operated
tailgate. This is delivered with an automatic retractable luggage compartment cover. When the tailgate
is opened, the cover automatically rolls back to the middle position so that there is more room to
handle the luggage. Another clever option in the luggage compartment is the extendable boot floor,
which can extend over the rear bumper when the tailgate is open to make moving larger items around
much easier. Aluminium strips and hooks in the luggage compartment offer the perfect luggage
restraint system, reliably preventing baggage from sliding around when the vehicle is in motion.
The concept of luggage compartment lighting integrated into the tailgate is another innovation. It
illuminates not only the boot, but the whole area around the car’s rear section. Another lamp, this
time removable, is located on the left side of the luggage compartment. It is battery-powered and when
removed from its holder (which doubles up as a charger) it can be used as an economical LED flashlight
in the dark. A magnet is built into the lamp so it can simply be placed on the car body – a useful
touch, for example, when fixing a punctured tyre.
During the day, the optional electrically-operated, two-piece panoramic sunroof provides a light,
airy atmosphere. If the sunshine becomes too dazzling, a protective blind can be drawn across the glass
roof. Another new feature is the roof-mounted 'shark fin' aerial.
Various audio and navigation systems are available to cater to discerning customers’ different needs
and wishes. The vehicle’s data network integrates to a radio with CD/MP3 player and offers a wide range
of support functions. Satellite navigation (standard in Elegance) is the touchscreen ‘Columbus’ system
with voice control and integrated 30GB hard disc - 20GB for Audio and 10GB for navigation - enabling the
driver to operate all functions intuitively. Other audio technology includes a high-quality sound system
with powerful speakers, an Aux-In socket, a 6-disc CD changer and an optional MDI (Media Device
Interface) in the front armrest to connect external storage media.
The new Skoda Superb wagon, like the Superb sedan, comes standard with hill hold control, while the
Superb wagon Elegance 4x4 comes fitted with the fourth-generation Haldex multi-disc clutch all-wheel
drive system, which provides a variable torque split to achieve the best possible traction and excellent
stability on any surface.
The Superb wagon’s range of engines is the same as that for the Superb sedan. There is a choice of two
petrol and one diesel engines, all with direct fuel injection and low consumption and emissions.
The 125 TDI diesel engine generates power of 125 kW and is offered with the six-gear direct shift
automatic gearbox (DSG). The maximum torque is 350 Nm at 1,750 to 2,500rpm. A diesel particulate filter
is fitted as standard.
The successful direct fuel injection campaign is also continuing with the petrol engines. The 118TSI,
offers power of 118 kW and maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1,500-4,500 rpm.
The Superb wagon’s top petrol engine is the 191FSI, with power of 191 kW and maximum torque of 350 Nm
at 2,500 to 5,000rpm. The 191FSI engine is matched with an automatic six-gear DSG and all-wheel drive.
The control unit of the fourth-generation Haldex clutch facilitates variable torque split, guaranteeing
safe and reliable driving on any surface.
In many respects, the chassis of the new Superb wagon is based on the chassis of the Superb sedan.
However, some modifications have been made to the wagon’s chassis configuration to accommodate the higher
payload and higher gross weight. The rear axle housing is attached to the body with anti-vibration
dampers. These metal and rubber connecting elements increase the comfort of the ride and keep the axle
housing separate from the body without negative effects on stability and the axle bracing. This
detachment prevents tyre noise and subtle vibrations from being transmitted to the body, where they would
cause unwanted noise in the interior. As in the Superb, the MacPherson-type front axle with triangular
control arms is mounted in aluminium casing. This enhances the kinematics and reduces the axle weight. In
the chassis suspension design, the emphasis was on providing a balanced relationship between agility and
comfort. The suspension copes well with uneven road surfaces; body roll in bends is largely suppressed by
the wide track and careful configuration of each part of the chassis. As in the Superb sedan, the driving
dynamics are enhanced by electromechanical steering. The car’s pleasantly high-ratio steering gear and
track-holding ability do not distort the feel of the road and traction conditions.
Superb Ambition 118TSI
Superb Ambition 125TDI
Superb Elegance 118TSI
Superb Elegance 125TDI
Superb Elegance 4x4 V6 191FSI
Superb Wagon Ambition 118TSI
Superb Wagon Ambition 125TDI
Superb Wagon Elegance 118TSI
Superb Wagon Elegance 125TDI
Superb Wagon Elegance 4x4 V6 191FSI
NOTE: * Pricing shown are the Manufacturer's List Prices (MLP) and, as such, exclude
dealer delivery fees and the various statutory charges.