Frankfurt Motor Show: Skoda Superb EstateRoomy Skoda Superb Estate gets Frankfurt debut
19 September 2009
One of the unsung stars of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is the brand new Skoda Superb Estate - it’s huge.
Although converting the into an estate car removes the Skoda’s most unusual feature, the Twindoor bootlid that allows it to operate as both hatchback and saloon, the result is a sleek, sophisticated machine with plenty of presence and style. It’s also got a very big boot.
Minimum load space with the seats in place is 633 litres. This bests both the (542 litres) and (540 litres) estates by a considerable margin. Maximum load capacity is absolutely massive, at 1,865 litres with the rear seats folded. This is much bigger than the Mondeo's 1,753 litres, and especially the Insignia’s 1,530 litres.
Superb Estate gets power tailgate
Making up for the missing Twindoor, the Superb Estate is the first Skoda to be offered with a power-operated tailgate, requiring only a button-press to open or close. When specified, this also includes a load cover that automatically folds itself out of the way, making loading even more convenient.
Keyless entry and start are also available, as is a giant two-piece panoramic sunroof.
Turbocharged engines for Skoda
The engine line-up includes 125bhp 1.4-litre TSI and 180bhp 1.8-litre TSI turbo petrol units, plus a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre petrol V6 with 360bhp and the option of four-wheel drive. Diesel choices consist of a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI PD turbo, and a 167bhp 2.0-litre TDI CR turbo that uses the latest common-rail injection technology.
Skoda has not yet confirmed if all of these engines are actually coming to the UK; we can’t imagine there will be much of a market for the V6 4x4 Superb, for example.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet either, but anticipate paying at least £17,000. The regular Skoda Superb costs from £15,905 for the entry-level 1.4 TSI in 'S' specification.
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