Skoda Superb Review & First Drive
- October 2, 2018
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Skoda Superb Overview
Ever since Skoda came into the Indian market, they have offered luxurious carsat not so reasonable prices. The Skoda Superb was the answer to Mercedes, offering the luxuries of an E-class Benz at priceless than then the C-class Benz.Even though the Superb is ageing, we guess it has decent market demand for Skoda to roll out a new variant- the Superb Ambition 2.0 TDI AT. The Ambition comes with all the safety and comfort features that are available in the Skoda Superb Elegance baring an economical price tag. View offers on Skoda Cars from Skoda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Skoda Superb Design & Style
Skoda’s Superb needs no introduction. A quick way to summarise its legacy would be to say that it was the reason behind some cars exiting the segment. Superior packaging with brilliant performance and mechanicals to match, saw this car win a number of followers. So what does the all-new Superb have in store for you. From a distance you might mistake the all-new Superb for an Octavia, as it carries the same design language. However, the closer you get, it’s the size that reveals the true identity of the car. You would agree that the outgoing model felt stretched in the middle when viewed from the side profile.
Nevertheless, the latest iteration is far from that and looks proportionate in every viewing angle. The grille shape and overall lines of the headlamps lend the fascia an aggressive posture. Move on to the sides and you will appreciate how the extra length of the car has been smartly subdued in the design cues. This is also where you will notice the two alloy wheel shapes that differentiate the Style from the L&K version. The rear is characterised by the long tail lamps that move from the boot lid and curve on to the fenders. We wish Skoda gave the Superb a more spectacular overall design to keep the buyer excited as the present look does not really make it a crowdpuller.
Skoda Superb Cabin & Comfort
We’re used to modern Skodas having classy cabins, but there are usually subtle signs of economising. Not the Superb, though. The squeezable padding extends to the glovebox lid and its surroundings, and there’s a flock-lined, drop-down storage box by the driver’s knee.
Other standard niceties on this Elegance version include leather trim, dual-zone automatic air-con, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, a touch-screen stereo with built-in six-CD player and a built-in umbrella, plus drainage system, in the left-hand rear door.
Finding a comfortable driving position is easy, and it stays comfortable over a distance. Your rear passengers, meanwhile, can luxuriate with a good view forward, thanks to a high-mounted seat and a fine surplus of foot room.
Behind the foldable rear seat is a boot space seemingly big enough for a small wardrobe, but a high loading sill stops the Superb from being an estate car in the wrong-shaped body.
You open the bootlid with a normal catch. To its right is a similar catch; squeeze it until the high-level brake light flashes, then pull upwards to open the entire tailgate. It’s clever, but for us the simple, better-looking and even more voluminous estate is the model to go for.
Skoda Superb Engine & Gearbox
The 2017 Superb remains the same under the skin and that includes what’s under the bonnet. So, the engines that are going to be unaltered and carried forward into the new, facelifted model are the 1,798cc TSI petrol and the 1,968cc TDI diesel engines only. The V6 is gone, along with the four-wheel drive option. But the decision to retain the two smaller, 4-cylinder engines in the same state of tune and to drop the V6 option must be due to a mix of customer feedback and demand patterns.
The same state of tune also means that the 1.8-litre petrol engine puts out 160PS of peak power and 250Nm of torque, while the 2-litre diesel mill manages the same 140PS of power and 320Nm of torque. The petrol is offered with either the 6-speed manual or the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and the diesel engine is offered only with the 6-speed DSG transmission.
Skoda Superb Driving Dynamics
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 & Security
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 Mumbai
Skoda Superb Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 25,06,810/- (Superb Style 1.8 TSI MT) to 32,39,726/- (Superb L and K 2.0 TDI AT). Get best offers for Skoda Superb from Skoda Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Superb price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Skoda Superb Bottomline
With the mechanicals being the same, the facelifted Skoda Superb drives very much like the outgoing version.There is enough power on tap for most Indian roads and more. One advantage is that you don’t feel the car’s size when in the driver’s seat. The suspension is fairly pliant and our only complaint will be the 16-inch wheel size. Overall ride quality is focused on the rear seat occupant, who has enough legroom to sit stretched out.