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.
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
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.
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.
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