PRODUCT EYE: Skoda Superb Outdoor

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PRODUCT EYE: Skoda Outdoor

The Outdoor comes in estate form

The UK is now Škoda’s largest market behind Germany and China. What’s brand image and pricing is a way from cheap. Glenn reviews the Superb Outdoor, a model.

Last month, market sales for Škoda by 39% to more than 10,000 Just another 425 cars have pushed the year to total above the magic level. That’s over more than fellow Group satellite SEAT according to the same SMMT-supplied but of course, way fewer than 114,261 or Volkswagen Passenger 154,536.

The market was up by 10.76 as at the end of Q3, but Skoda is able to boast of a percent YoY improvement for the same

What’s behind the rise 2.6 percent market share to the 2.8 percent? Nothing more than the usual formula by the more enlightened car makers; a renewal of products, and the addition of derivatives and models. In Škoda’s a fresh Octavia, plus the from launching the vRS (RS outside at which is the UK’s national show in all but name, the Goodwood of Speed, this summer.

That halo derivative did a lot of the lifting with the previous changing the nameplate’s image worthy but forgettable, to a kind of

Get those intending to buy onto configurator, and as long as your can be associated with near-premium levels, tempting prospects a car such as the Superb isn’t big a deal for a brand such as Look at what Kia has done by luring people out of some brand cars and into a Sorento. Ford might be the one nameplate for passenger vehicles but the it needs to help put it in the same as the Czech and Korean challenger are still a year and a bit away: the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy.

All of brings me to the Superb. Škoda me an Outdoor, which is a newer for what the company used to its Scout derivative. Think of it as a of cheaper alternative to the Volvo as well as a direct rival for the Alltrack and Insignia Country You get grey plastic extensions for the and wheelarches, big wheels, but no lift in height nor is there pneumatic

If you are in any doubt about how far the image of has come in Britain, for a car that GBP28,735 in as-tested form, SatNav and heated seats are from the standard spec. IS a sunroof, but it makes up GBP1,060 of total, while floor are also an extra –

What does come as is a leather-covered steering wheel; alloys; acoustic rear sensors; alcantara upholstery; lamps under the mirrors; hold; dual-zone A/C. I go on? OK, you also have electrically mirrors; heated washer (why do so many brands these a luxury model item rather than that ought to be standard for reasons?); tyre pressure (ditto – the US has mandated why hasn’t the European Commission?), the named ‘sunset’ glass the B pillar back; and, like in Rolls-Royces, a pull-out in the rear door compartment. you won’t find in an RR is the clever which also contains a – it can be opened independently and the looks like a saloon.

Has any car I’ve borrowed from a ever had an official name as as this? Here goes. Superb Outdoor 2.0 TDI CR 170PS DPF In fact, in most countries, the ‘Combi’ is added before but here, buyers seem to that it can only be ordered as an

I was surprised to note the lack of an gearbox as standard but then the manual is an easy shifter. It helps a lot with the official economy number of 44.8mpg, is realistic. The Outdoor isn’t the car in town, taking 9.1 seconds to 62mph but its top speed of 135mph is as as most others in its fairly class.

The CO2 average is 165g/km.

The isn’t the priciest version of the that honour belongs to the Laurin Klement 3.0-litre V6 with DSG dual clutch Not that you have to pay anything this sort of money if you a lower trim level: start at just over thousand, for which you get a 125PS 1.2 TSI in base S form.

The local importer has always the line that the Octavia be thought of as a rival for the Astra and but it’s bigger than in that class, and is therefore a D model. It follows that the is up in the E segment (the Outdoor is long). If you’re still a consider that the previous was rebodied and turned into the Passat and SVW’s New Passat those US/Chinese market are close in size to the Camry and old the class giants – also have the same wheelbase as the 2001-2008 Superb.

average transaction prices in the mid to high twenties, this be a superbly (?) profitable model for and it no doubt helps immensely the ongoing quiet push VW-lite pricing and image-building. might be one of the major markets for big hatchback and estate range but in the world, it’s a growing of the brand’s sales too.

The current generation hatchback’s was at the Geneva motor show in 2008, with build at following two months later. The plant supplies kits for assembly in both Russia, at the VW Kaluga factory, and Kazakhstan (in with Asia-Auto at its Ust-Kamenogorsk

Assembly also takes in China, courtesy of the SVW joint There, the car had been known as the Haorui but after the local of the facelifted model in August, it names to ‘Supai’. The updated is also the first vehicle to be at SVW’s fifth plant has just opened.

Located in in the country’s south east, facility has its own press, body and shops plus a final unit. The Volkswagen Group MQB platform vehicles will Total annual capacity is vehicles.

All versions of the estate are in the Chinese market, and therefore not but Škoda’s image there is to command the higher prices. build of the Combi commenced in 2009 (right-hand drive Jan 2010), the wagon bodystyle had its world premiere at the Frankfurt show in September 2009. The Combi Outdoor was announced in 2012 and all variants had their and likely only facelift at the motor show in April

The current hatchback is now in its fifth of production and shares its PQ46 with the Passat and CC, though it is a car and has a wheelbase that’s also longer. The successor model – the current car is SK461) almost certainly use the Volkswagen Modularer Querbaukasten architecture. At a its debut will probably be at the Geneva show.

But the current will no doubt sell right up until it is replaced it’s a great car, and for the offers a convincing value Its job is to keep Škoda buyers shifting away from the so don’t be at all surprised if the rumours further new models – an SUV and an MPV 2015 – come

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