Skoda's Superb goes greenNew Superb GreenLine promises 55mpg
11 October 2008
From Monday 13 October you will be able to buy a 'GreenLine' version of Skoda's new range-topping Superb.
GreenLine is the Czech brand's equivalent of Volkswagen's BlueMotion range, emphasising economical motoring.
As such, by way of lowered suspension, reduced weight, longer gearing, low-rolling resistance tyres (which help overcome unwanted friction from the road surface) and improved aerodynamics, this Skoda Superb emits just 136g/km of carbon dioxide (CO2). It also includes a particulate filter to clean up sooty exhaust nasties.
That might not sound especially groundbreaking, but keep in mind just how big a car the new Superb is, and also how the GreenLine compares with regular Superbs fitted with a similar 1.9-litre diesel engine. These emit 151g/km CO2.
This means that while an ordinary Superb 1.9 diesel officially manages 49.6mpg combined, the GreenLine is said to achieve 55.4mpg – a 5.8mpg improvement.
GreenLine represents a separate trim level, sitting between the existing S and SE specifications. It adds several items of equipment over the S alongside the eco modifications, including cruise control, tinted glass, and leather steering wheel.
As such there is a price premium - £16,710 for the GreenLine, compared with £15,950 for 1.9 diesel S. £760 seems a reasonable price to pay given the extra kit, tempting if you do lots of miles.
If you want to save on fuel without buying a new car, check out our advice on greener driving, including eco-driving tips and a green car jargon buster. You can also work out your car's true mpg figure using our interactive fuel calculator.