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Skoda Superb wagon is WA’s next highway patrol vehicle


Western Australia’s highway patrol unit will shift to patrolling in a squadron of properly fast and practical wagons from Skoda

Skoda has announced that the Western Australia Police (WAPOL) has ordered its Superb 206TSI wagon as the constabulary’s next highway patrol vehicle.

A total of 55 Superb wagons have been ordered by WAPOL to serve on its highway patrol unit with an additional 10 units expected to be added later.

Skoda Superb 2022 WAPOL front
Western Australia Police have adopted 55 Skoda Superb wagons into its line-up so far

The police-specified Superb wagons are based on the range-topping 206TSI Sportline grade that arrives armed with 206kW of power and 350Nm of torque.

This is thanks to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine which is coupled to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends the grunt to an all-wheel-drive system.

With a good amount of power and traction at the ready, this large wagon is actually quite brisk with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds.

Skoda Superb 2022 New Zealand
New Zealand’s police force recently announced plans to order over 2000 Superb wagons

Skoda says the police-issue wagon is largely unmodified, with the only notable difference between the civilian model and that ordered by WAPOL is the removal of the Canton subwoofer to create room to fit a dual-battery system required to power all of the additional police equipment inside. 

It comes after New Zealand’s police force ordered over 2000 Skoda Superb wagons in a variety of specifications after taking a shine to the vehicle’s calm highway manners and huge internal space.

Over in Australia, the mechanically-similar Volkswagen Passat has seen increasing use in police forces in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia – including the rapid 206TSI grades for highway patrol duties.

Superb Superb Scout 200TSI review front end
Buyers were previously able to purchase the Skoda wagon in Superb Scout specification that featured a higher ride height

Buyers are able to purchase the Skoda Superb as either a sedan or wagon, with the entry-level sedan Style grade starting at $49,590 before on-road costs and the tops-spec Sportline wagon priced at $62,590 before on-road costs.

Until last year, buyers were able to purchase the wagon in Superb Scout configuration, which offered a raised ride height for more versatility and become one of the few cars to score a 9/10 in a Chasing Cars review thanks to its ample power output and ‘superb’ road manners.

Skoda Superb 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • 162TSI Style (sedan): $49,590
  • 162TSI Style (wagon): $51,290
  • 206TSI Sportline (sedan): $60,890
  • 206TSI Sportline (wagon): $62,590