Skoda Superb 2016 Review – First Drive Review

 

Skoda is a premium car brand in India and the company has been

offering the Superb for its King customers. The Superb had grown old

and felt old in front of the competition. But now, Skoda has the

new-generation Superb that will break the monotony and add new

freshness. We lay our hands on this new Superb and find out if it has

the aspects to gain more customers.

 

DESIGN AND STYLING 

Skoda’s design language has evolved over time but their mantra remains

the same – simple yet elegant. The new Superb just takes your breath

away with its sharp, minimalistic and premium styling. One look at it

and you might mistake it as a premium luxury branded German if you

hide the logo. The projector headlights get great crystal like

detailing, the signature grille dominates the front profile while the

muscular bonnet is seamlessly designed into the body. The front bumper

gets sharp styled foglamps with a chrome line.

The new Superb is longer and wider than the outgoing car and that is

evident from the side profile, it looks huge but not bulky. There is a

sharp and strong crease running across the shoulder line while the

roofline smoothly flows down towards the end. We were driving the L&K

variant which has these spectacular looking multi-spoke 17-inch alloys

while the lower variants get chunky 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels.

Similar LED detailing has been given to the tail lamps that look sharp

and neat. Overall, the design is very well proportioned unlike the

previous Superb that had inconsistent proportions. Styling is

subjective but it is currently the best looking car in its segment or

even some segments above.

 

CABIN 

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.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 

The 2014 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.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

;The Superb was always a good handling car and now, even more so.

Along with the four wheel drive system comes a set of larger 17-inch

diameter wheels which make this car even sweeter to drive. Steering is

precise and she’ll just rocket away where you’re pointing her at. If

you want to have a little bit more fun, then there’s always the ESP

Off switch located beside the gear stalk. Tyres on the Superb are

rather low profile, but they don’t compromise on ride quality either.

Overall, a great suspension setup and well-matched tyres compliment

the four wheel drive system beautifully well to make for one of the

sweetest handling cars in its segment.

 

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.

 

BOTTOMLINE 

The Skoda Superb is one of the best luxury Sedans in the segment with

rear seat comfort, drive quality and it’sup market build quality.

Even though there are some features are missing but the basic USP that

of comfort, quality and brand values have been fully retained on the

Skoda Superb Ambition.

The Skoda Superb Ambition Petrol starts at Rs. 18.27lakhs and the

Diesel version of the Skoda Superb Ambition TDI Automatic that we tested

priced at Rs. 22.84lakhs Ex Showroom Mumbai surely making the

competition stiffer with its rivals.

The Superb definitely excels in every department that the

chauffer-driven customers consider. It is spacious, comes with loads

of creature comforts. The Skoda Superb diesel is undoubtedly the car

we’ll put our money on if we were to choose a diesel car in the Rs

20-25 lakh bracket

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