Oct 10 2008 Steve Hughes
Skoda adds eco version of Superb
SKODA has introduced an eco version of its new Superb model that boasts an impressive combination of high economy and low emissions.
It takes the same Greenline name that is already used on eco versions of the Fabia and will gradually be rolled out across the rest of the range.
These are models with a variety of tweaks and specification changes to make them more environmentally friendly, a tactic also used by rivals such as Ford's ECOnetics and Volkswagen's BlueMotion models.
In the case of the Skoda Superb Greenline the donor vehicle is the 1.9-litre turbodiesel with a specification that slots mid-way between the £15,950 S and the £17,980 SE.
The Greenline costs £16,710 and is fitted with a diesel particulate filter, a lightweight puncture repair kit instead of a spare wheel and tyre, changes to the engine management system and revisions to the gearing.
There are also low resistance tyres and a small rear spoiler on the boot, which collectively improve economy from 49.6mpg to 55.4 whilst reducing the CO2 figure from 151g/km to 136.
Engine power remains virtually unchanged at 105bhp and rather than switching to six gears, which would increase the car's weight, the five-speed system is retained but the ratios are lengthened.
The Superb GreenLine is a separate trim level which adds sunset glass, cruise control, four-spoke leather steering wheel and lowered suspension to that of the S model.