SKODA AUSTRALIA has announced availability today of the 2010 Skoda Superb Wagon, following its public unveiling at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.
The arrival of the Skoda Superb Wagon comes less than one year after the local launch of the Skoda Superb, swapping the sedan/hatch's innovative TwinDoor rear hatch system for a capacious wagon rear-end.
Starting at $40,990* for the Ambition 118TSI variant, the Superb Wagon carries a $2000 premium over the entry-level Ambition 118TSI version of its sedan sibling.
Up front, the Superb wagon is identical to the sedan bodystyle, its face dominated by the familiar vertically-slotted grille featured across the Skoda range.
At the rear, Skoda's latest model features design cues inspired by the Octavia Wagon, with a sportswagon-like tailgate dominated by glass that runs from pillar to pillar.
The tail-lights too are not dissimilar to the Octavia Wagon, looking almost like upside-down versions of the same design.
The rear-quarter window extends deep into the D-pillar, its sporty lines featuring a slight upward kick in the bottom edge, leading into a sharp corner.
Measuring 4838mm long and 1817mm wide, the Superb Wagon's exterior dimensions are identical to the sedan.
As with the exterior styling, the design and fit of the Super Wagon's interior carries over largely unchanged from the sedan, barring the obvious wagon-specific features toward the rear.
A multi-function four-spoke leather steering wheel features controls for the audio system and trip computer, while an optional three-spoke leather steering wheel is available with models fitted with the company's DSG automatic transmission, including gear-shift paddles behind the wheel.
As with the sedan, there are three trim levels with the Superb Wagon: Ambition, Elegance and Elegance 4x4.
Leather seats are available as a $2890 option with the entry-level Ambition variant, and are standard with the Elegance and Elegance 4x4 models.
Rear storage space in the Superb Wagon is listed as 633 litres with the rear seats up, and 1865 litres with the rear seats folded down. By comparison, the sedan offers 565 litres with the rear seats up, and 1670 litres when folded.
The standard equipment levels in the Superb Wagon have been carried over from the sedan range.
In the entry-level Ambition variant, standard features include a multi-function trip computer, cruise control, front foglights with corner function and Park Assist parallel-parking system with front parking-distance control.
The Ambition features a leather-wrapped four-spoke multi-function steering wheel, along with a leather-wrapped gearshift level and handbrake grip.
The Elegance and Elegance 4x4 variants add satellite navigation, a full leather interior (optional with the Ambition variant), Bi-xenon headlights, electrically-adjustable driver and passenger seat with driver seat memory function and a 400W ten-speaker audio system.
Optional items include the KESSY keyless locking and ignition system, unlocking and locking the Superb Wagon simply by touching the door handles, and starting the engine via a start button in the dash.
An electrically-operated tailgate is available as an option, which includes 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 option in the luggage compartment is a false boot floor, which covers an under-floor storage compartment and can extend over the rear bumper when the tailgate is open to ease the loading of larger items.
Heated seats are available in the front of all models, and in the rear of Elegance models. Roller blinds for the rear windows can also be options.
Standard safety features include a complement of nine airbags: front driver and passenger airbags, front and rear side airbags, curtain airbags and driver's knee airbag.
ESP is fitted as standard equipment, along with anti-lock braking and anti-slip regulation and a dual-rate brake booster to cut braking distances even further.
Identical to the mechanical package of the Superb sedan, three direct-injected powertrains are available for the Superb Wagon, starting with a 118kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.8 litre TSI petrol, through to the 125kW 2.0 TDI turbodiesel and the range-topping 191kW/350Nm 3.6 litre V6.
The latter is equipped with an on-demand Haldex all-wheel-drive system in the Elegance 4x4, a setup closely related to that fitted to the Volkswagen Passat R36. The 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI are available in front-wheel drive layouts only.
All engines come equipped with the VW-sourced twin-clutch DSG automatic transmission, with the 1.8 TSI receiving the latest seven-speed unit and the 2.0 TDI and 3.6 FSI getting the six-speed DSG.
Officially, the 3.6 V6 covers the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.6 seconds, while the 1.8 FSI and 2.0 TDI list times of 8.6 and 8.8 seconds respectively.
Fuel consumption for the 1.8 is listed at 7.5 l/100km, while the diesel uses 6.9l/100km and the 3.6 FSI uses 10.4 l/100km.
- Superb Ambition 118TSI - $38,990*
- Superb Ambition 125TDI - $41,990*
- Superb Elegance 118TSI - $44,990*
- Superb Elegance 125TDI - $47,990*
- Superb Elegance 4x4 V6 191FSI - $55,990*
- Superb Wagon Ambition 118TSI - $40,990*
- Superb Wagon Ambition 125TDI - $43,990*
- Superb Wagon Elegance 118TSI - $46,990*
- Superb Wagon Elegance 125TDI - $49,990*
- Superb Wagon Elegance 4x4 V6 191FSI - $57,990*
*Prices listed are Manufacturer's List Price only and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.