Saloons and estates in the Skoda Superb range will now be offered with a cleaner, Euro 5 emissions-compliant 1.6 TDI engine.
The new 1.6 TDI engine replaces the older 1.9 TDI unit – but despite being smaller, it produces the same 105bhp power output.
Not only that, but torque is identical at 250lb ft. This is delivered over a wider rev range, meaning the new engine is more flexible than the older, dirtier motor.
Superb emissions boost
The big news is a striking improvement in emissions and economy. The new engine emits 130g/km of CO2 instead of 149g/km in the saloon This offers tax advantages to both private and company buyers; owners will save £35 a year in car tax thanks to lower emissions.
The saloon model is also capable of an impressive 64.2mpg (claimed), up from the previous 58.9mpg. The estate performs a little worse, but it’s still capable of more than 61mpg. It also enjoys a 20g/km CO2 emissions cut.
Despite these economy gains, the latest 1.6 TDI 105 Skoda Superb is no slower than the older car. It hits 60mph in 12.5 seconds – or 12.6 seconds as an estate.
Skoda is fitting the new engine to S and SE trim lines, which makes it an entry level motor. The 1.6 TDI 105 S costs from £17,480 as a saloon, or £370 more than the outgoing 1.9 TDI 105.
This version includes six airbags, stability control (ESC), air-con and alloy wheels as standard. The SE is £1,990 extra and adds Alcantara seat trim, climate control air-con, rear parking sensors and cruise control as standard. A 1.6 TDI S estate costs £1,160 extra; the SE version, which includes a sliding boot lashing setup and chrome roof rails, retails for an additional £1,310.
Strangely, the current Superb eco champ, the Greenline, is now barely any more economical than this standard 1.6 TDI. It still uses the 1.9 TDI engine, so how long before it too gets the newer motor, and how much more economical will it be?
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