Skoda Superb Review & Test Drive

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Skoda Superb Overview

The premium D-Segment sedan space has very few contenders and isn’t catching many volumes nowadays. This is because buyers at this price range stretch their budget a little and get entry level luxury brands or premium SUVs. The Skoda Superb though has had a considerable market share in this space when the Honda Accord got discontinued and the demand for diesel cars were at their peak. Now the Czech automaker has launched the latest generation Superb which is poles apart from the outgoing model. We examine the new changes and see how it drives on the beautiful twisties of Mangalore-Coorg highway.

The latest iteration of the Skoda Superb is the third generation model. First two generations were also available in the Indian market including the facelifted ones. The new Superb is based on the latest Volkswagen MQB platform and it is bigger in dimensions compared to the second generation Superb.

Skoda Superb Look

The first-generation of the Superb for India had a very gangster like look. It made its presence felt. Then the gangster went on a diet and wore a suit. The new design then was sleek and elegant. Skoda has now dressed the new Superb in an Armani tuxedo. It is the most dabber looking saloon in its segment at the moment. The front grille with the vertical chrome slats and even gets a chrome surround. The daytime running LEDs and indicator lamps are enclosed in the same housing. The fog lamp’s design too is well chiselled. The hood has prominent strakes and the centre forms a slender nose. Another very attractive styling are the intricately detailed headlights, which celebrate the renowned Bohemian glass cutting skills. The bi-xenon headlamps are engraved with a decorative cut to make it look appealing.

The side profile of the new Superb looks a lot more aggressive than before as it has lesser glass area especially at the rear. The glass tapers giving more space for metal and looks like a haunch. Then 17-inch tyres fill the wheel well. The rear again bears some resemblance to the previous-generation Superb, but the tail lamps are elongated horizontally. This makes it look a lot more appealing.

Skoda Superb Comfort

Comfy. Yes, the Superb’s calling card has always been seat comfort, specifically at the rear where the seats are large and offer good support. The new Superb’s seats are similar to those of the Octavia, but here, they get an extension for greater thigh support, so you are more comfortable, and the cabin is wider as well, which makes the rear feel more roomy and less constrained. And Skoda’s footrests that are attached to the floor with Velcro, work pretty well too. Sitting in the middle at the rear isn’t extremely comfy though. It’s much narrower, the seat is significantly harder, and as always, you are seated a bit higher up, putting you closer to the roof. And then there’s the large central tunnel to contend with. The rear AC vent blower has its own temperature control, but there’s no blower control and no ‘B’ pillar vents as on the earlier car, so the big cabin does tend to get a bit stuffy unless you adjust the blowers up front correctly.

It, however, does get three-zone climate control and the system also has a humidity sensor that prevents the interiors from fogging up. As the Superb is based on VW’s MQB platform, Skoda has used many common parts on the inside, and this does tend to make it feel not so special in a few areas. The design looks a bit too similar to that of the Octavia, the center console, steering wheel and instrument panel are similar and though these bits are attractive in their own right, they don’t always feel special enough to be on this car.

Being a Skoda, there are a few clever touches in the cabin, like the bottle holder that can grip the bottle, allowing you to open the cap. Another feature is the boot release – if the key is on you, all you need to do is place your foot below the bumper (where the sensors are) and the boot swings open. There’s also a system that prevents the tall hatch from fouling garage ceilings (it limits the opening height). The boot itself is a huge 625 litres that can be extended to 1,760 litres with the rear seat-back folded down. And there are other useful features such as a side luggage box, loads of hooks and the option of cargo nets. To know more details on Skoda Superb visit Emikolo

Skoda Superb Gearbox

Powering the Skoda Superb are two engine options – 2.0-litre diesel and 1.8 litre petrol. The 2.0-litre TDI produces 177 PS of power at 3600 RPM and 350 Nm of peak torque at 1500-3500 RPM. We only got the 1.8 TSI DSG variant to test at the drive which makes 180 PS of power at 5100 RPM and 250 Nm of torque at 1250-5000 RPM. There is no hint of turbolag in this motor and it goes off the mark quite briskly. As you rev up the motor, the progress gets more stronger. The entire rev range is silky smooth and never does the engine feels strained or overworked. Redlining this engine is a bliss, which comes up around 7000 RPM. It sounds very sporty as you rev higher but no vibrations filter through the cabin. NVH levels are supreme and the cabin is very well insulated.

Mated to the 1.8 TSI is a 7-speed automatic DSG gearbox. The dual-clutch transmission is famous for its lightning quick shifts and is mated very well to the Superb. It changes cogs in milliseconds and with the manual pedal shifts it is super fun to drive. However, it upshifts automatically after hitting the redline. In the regular D mode it changes gears early, which is best for city driving. Put it in the S mode and it pulls strongly at higher revs holding the gear longer. We also drove Octavia TSI back to back and the younger sibling feels more sprightly with the same engine at the lower end of the rev range because of its lighter weight. Skoda claims 14.67 km/l of fuel efficiency but in real world conditions you may get around 10 km/l.

Skoda Superb Riding

The ride of the new Superb is pliant. One of the best ride qualities in this segment. The previous Superb was stiff but this one has the perfect ride quality. The handling too is agile. Despite the length, it doesn’t feel very large and does well around bends. The Superb even has sufficient grunt with the more powerful engine options. The steering wheel is lively and it weighs up nicely too. What else we liked on the Superb is the ground clearance. Despite the long wheelbase, it didn’t touch even once on badly designed speed bumps.

Skoda Superb Safety

Skoda has done no compromise in terms of safety as you get top notch equipment with the new Superb. The list is long and here it is – 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold Control, multi-collision brake, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, traction control system, electronic stability control and more. Skoda after sales service has been controversial in India but according to the carmaker, they have improved a lot in terms of turn around time, spare part costs, customer satisfaction after the launch of the new Octavia. The Czech carmaker says customer satisfaction level has gone up in the recent past and they are working hard to get everything right when it comes to after sales.

Skoda Superb Price in Pune

Skoda Superb On Road Price is 37,36,575/- and Ex-showroom Price is 30,99,000/- in Pune. Skoda Superb comes in 6 colours, namely Magic Black,Magnetic Brown,Amethyst Royal,Candy White,Rosso Brunello,Lava Blue. Skoda Superb comes with FWD with 1798 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 178 bhp@4000-6200 rpm and Peak Torque 320 Nm@1450-3900 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at Electro-Mechanic Power Steering . Skoda Superb comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Superb price in Pune.

Skoda Superb Bttomline

We can’t think of a big enough reason not to. Sure, the touchscreen is small at 6.5 inches (people have phones bigger than this today) and it misses the in-built navigation. The instrument dials are a bit plain-looking and the dash, in general, looks like an Octavia. But look at these against the Superb’s sheer size, entertaining engines, excellent ride, and the space and equipment that’s ahead of what other manufacturer’s offer and it’s hard not to like this car. And if you are still sitting on the fence, Skoda has even priced this car competitively, which is why making a case against it will be really quite difficult.

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