Skoda Superb Performance & Test Drive
February 4, 2019
Skoda Superb Overview
Before the review, a superb story, of the Czech carmaker Skoda. Apparently, it was Milos Zeman—then prime minister of Czech Republic—who, not happy at having to use a German car for official duties, prompted Prague to initiate plans for a top saloon to slot in above Skoda Octavia. At that time, the Octavia was the biggest car in the company portfolio, but it was perhaps not fit for a national leader. What the PM wanted was a stretched Octavia, but since the Octavia, in a way, is already a stretched version of the smaller Volkswagen Golf, creating a limousine out of it was asking a bit much. However, what could be provided was a stretched Volkswagen Passat, and such a vehicle had already been created for the Chinese market. All the Czechs then had to do was to Skoda-ise it. That’s how the modern Superb was born.The flagship model in Skoda portfolio ever since, the Superb is now into its third generation, which was launched in India recently. Book a test drive for Superb in Hyderabad at Tryaldrivre
Skoda Superb Design & Look
Skoda Super is undoubtedly the crowning glory of the entire line up. For all the qualities, the previous model of Skoda Superb was not fit to be called as ‘conventionally beautiful’, the overall proportions were odd. Especially, when we compare the silhouette of the previous version with the new one, the front overhang has been abridged while the roofline gets a coupe-ish appearance. The boot has also been stretched and with conjunction with longer wheelbase, it translates into more space inside the cabin. The B-pillar is smoother and makes up a larger glass house area, increasing the visibility.
Superb’s unique design tempts to stare it for a long time. The styling seems to be cutting-edge with angular contours and sharp dynamic lines flowing across the vehicle. The car resembles the sibling Octavia but it has identity of its own. At the front, the cut headlamps feature intricate details. The bi-xenon headlights boast of decorative cut crystal high beam lamps with LED DRLs. And what’s unique in the headlight cluster is that the LED DRLs will double up as turn indicators. This along with imposing lines on the bonnet and the large signature grille, lends the car a striking front look.
Turn to the sides and you will see a great deal of sportiness in the form of well-defined belt line and the athletic 17-inch alloy wheels which perfectly fills in the wheel arches. Further, the sleek sharp contours on the ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, spruce up the sporty look while the huge mirrors ensures total functionality. One thing that would give horrible experience to the customer is that the sunroof open and slides over the body.
The rear profile too synchronizes well with the overall profile. The large two-part tail lamps features crystalline c-shaped LED elements while the reverse lamps and LED part of the fog lights gives it a unique identity. They look absolutely stunning at night. Overall, the carmaker has paid special attention to even the minutest details in the new Skoda Superb. Mileage and running cost
The new Skoda Superb underpins the MQB platform, which makes it 75kg lighter than the earlier model, hence improved efficiency. If fuel economy is one of the most wanted things in your list, then the diesel version will be best in this regard as it delivers ARAI certified 18.19kmpl. However, the petrol model is also frugal given the nature of the car as it is able to return 14.67kmpl.The real world mileage figures will be definitely different but still you can expect around 9-12kmpl from petrol variant and 14-16kmpl in the diesel version.
Skoda Superb Cabin & Comfort
Skoda Superb is a quintessential of opulence and luxury. Open the door and it shuts with a solid thump cocooning the occupants from the outside world. The car shares a hell lot of interior elements with the sibling Octavia and if you are asked to differentiate between the two interiors, you would have a tough time doing that. The quality of interiors is unquestionably top notch with glossy black plastics replacing the old faux wood. There is also less chrome detailing as compared to the earlier model.
Moreover, in terms of look and feel, the cabin of Superb is very well comparable to the segment above cars. The ergonomics especially the feel of the buttons and knows echoes well with the image of the vehicle. The 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system works fine and can be synchronized with the techs such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Further, there are connectivity options Bluetooth, USB, Aux-In and SD Card coupled with sound quality featuring 4 front and 4 rear speakers. The same infotainment also relays feeds from the reverse parking camera but the quality of camera seems to be poor.
In terms of interior storage, there seems to be place for everything in this vehicle. The new generation Skoda Superb features horde of compartments, pockets and holders. The jumbo box storage compartment which lies under the front armrest can hold electronic items as well as keep your snacks cool. Ahead of the armrest lies dual drink holder which has an anti-slip design allowing the driver or co-passenger to open the bottle with one hand. The dashboard features a large glovebox compartment which can also be cooled if the AC is on. Then there is rear armrest which can also hold two cups or small bottles and also have small storage space.
This also brings us to the boot space. The luggage compartment has the capacity of 625L and can be extended to 1760L with the rear seats folded down. Here also Skoda has played clever in terms of practicality. At times our hands are full of luggage and items creating problem in opening the boot. The virtual pedal feature allows a person to swipe the foot under the boot and the boot lid opens magically. The feature is exclusively available with the KESSY system (keyless entry and start & exit system).
In terms of seating, the driver gets electrically adjustable seat and the seating position is a lot better than the previous model. The 3-spoke steering wrapped in leather can be electrically adjustable and holds controls for radio phone and gear shifts. The driver seat comes with memory function which can store three different driving seat positions. The rear seats are the area which is a real gem. They are well-cushioned with nice all-round support. The downside here is that the passengers could find discomfort as there are no dedicated air-con blower controls as the 3-zone climate control air conditioning takes some time to cool down the entire cabin.
However, it is compensated by the sheer amount of space at the back. The seats are sumptuous and extremely comfortable with enough room legroom and kneeroom for a passenger as tall as 6 feet. And if still not comfortable then the car allows the rear passengers to shift or slide the front passenger seat to create more space. And the carmaker rightly calls it the ‘Boss Button’. Below the AC vents you will find a storage area along with 12V power socket.
Talking about the Laurin & Klement edition, the interiors are exclusively designed in stone beige perforated leather with piano black décor. The L&K branding can be seen on the seats, door sills and the dashboard. And the Boss Button mentioned above is available only in L&K variant while the front seats are ventilated. The touchscreen infotainment in this model gets more powerful 12 speakers 610W Canton surround sound system. The instrument cluster gets colourful display while there is also ambient lighting system.
The car also comes with panoramic sunroof which opens up a large window at the roof with a touch of a button. Other comfort features in the car include cruise control, sunblinds, diffused footwell lighting, two boot lamps in luggage compartment and coat hook on rear door handles among others. Overall, Skoda Superb’s cabin is an awesome place to be in. It cuts out the commotion of the outside world and let you groove into good music and pleasurable drive. Superb is a meticulously practical car which has the potential to beat luxury cars costing as much as twice the price.
Skoda Superb Engine & Transmission
The petrol engine is the new 1.8 TSI (180PS) and the diesel the 2.0 TDI (177PS). While both engines produce more power, the company claims that the car is up to 30% more economical due to better efficiency of engines, improved aerodynamics of the car and because the car’s overall weight has been reduced. All these also lead to better driving dynamics. The chassis has been worked upon; the redeveloped MacPherson front struts and multi-link rear axle offer good ride stability. The car gets Electronic Stability Control including Multi-Collision Brake, electronic tyre pressure monitoring, eight airbags and safety headrests as standard. XDS+, an enhanced function of the electronic differential lock, is also standard.
The manual option is especially for those who want the car to be chauffeur driven. And even if someone wants to drive the car on his own, it brings an absolute joy. Push the engine start/stop button and the Superb rapidly turns into muted refined idle state. The gearbox is exceptionally slick and shifting up and down is a breeze. The acceleration is smooth and the car goes through the gears very quickly to reach the three digit speeds in no time. The in-gear acceleration is pretty quick and it takes just a little effort to downshift and get past those heavy trucks. With manual transmission, the car is capable of reaching the 100kmph mark from nil in 8.42 seconds.
Now coming to the automatic gearbox, the 7-speed DSG is well known. The downside of having the automatic gearbox is that you will get less torque @250Nm as opposed to 320Nm with the manual one. And this does reflect a bit when you are in dire need of thrust. You would then use paddle shifters on the steering and all the available revs due to that torque deficit. But then on the flipside, you will get one of the swiftest shifting gearboxes. Moreover, with this automatic transmission you also get various driving modes depending upon the type of usage. The automatic is also close to manual one with the car doing the 0-100kmph stint in just 8.52 seconds. Overall, the petrol motor offer quick rev along with solid mid-range punch and without any jerkiness at low speeds.
The 2.0L TDi diesel engine on the other hand, is good for producing 177PS and 350Nm of torque. The turbocharged diesel engine has been the part of many VW cars including Golf and Audi A6. The engine is a well performer but the only issue with it is the noise level. Even if it is in the idle state, it sounds industrial something which is unfitting for a car in this class. The diesel engine is only available with the 6-speed DSG automatic tiptronic gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Skoda Superb Driving Dynamics
According to the Skoda Superb reviews the car exceeds expectations in terms of performance and the wide range of engines on offer makes it an overall very attractive flexible package on offer. The handling of the Skoda Superb 2016 is not its strongest area but driving modes available does offer some level of support in the ride and handling department and make it quite flexible in that area.Riding at city speeds, there is little that upsets this car unless the potholes and undulations are sharp enough. The downside here is the low ground clearance which tends to invite under-body scratches. Both at the front and the rear end, the ride quality is comfortable with the car remain planted even if it goes well above 100kmph mark. Moreover, being a low slung sedan, it has its own benefits especially at the corners. The body roll is well under control as the car barbs into corners at your command. Talking about the steering wheel, it is super light when you are driving at city speeds while bulk up when you hit the three digit speeds. Even on a set of twist and turns, there is more than enough feedback. The overall ride quality is truly impressive.
Skoda Superb Safety &Security
The sedan comes with all disc brakes and the capability is phenomenal especially halting the car from high speeds. And with electronic aids such as ABS with EBD, multi-collision brake assist, mechanical brake assistant and hydraulic brake assistant, the driver and the passengers are rest assured of safety ahead.Skoda is known for providing utmost safety to its passengers and this car is no exception. Other crucial safety aspects in the car include 8 airbags, anti-slip regulation, traction control, electronic differential lock, electromechanical parking brake, electronic stability control, parking sensors at both front and rear with rear camera, pedestrian protection, fatigue detection system, central locking and cornering lights.
Skoda Superb Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 25,06,863/- (Superb Style 1.8 TSI MT) to 32,39,492/- (Superb L and K 2.0 TDI AT). Get best offers for Skoda Superb from Skoda Dealers in Chennai. Check for Superb price in Chennai at Carzprice
Skoda Superb Conclusion
The car’s the best value for money package on offer out there. Has a traditional rock solid build quality. Buy the car lest you wish to complain that you are not being pampered too much. The Skoda Superb variants are available in Style and L&K trims, we consider the Style automatic the best value for money package regardless of the engine that you wish to go for.Skoda Superb is available in three trims including Style, Sportline and L&K. The price for the vehicle starts from Rs. 25.99 lakh and goes up to Rs. 33.49 lakh. As the car is available in both the diesel and petrol versions, the pricing also varies. The base trim Superb Style 1.8TSI MT is tagged at Rs. 25.99 lakh, its 2.0 TDI AT is available at the price tag of Rs. 30.29 lakh. The Sportline 1.8 TSI AT is offered at the price tag of Rs. 28.99 lakh while its top-selling L&K TSI AT is available at the price tag of Rs. 30.99 lakh. The Superb Sportline 2.0 TDI AT is tagged at Rs. 31.49 lakh. The top of the line trim Superb L&K is available at the price tag of Rs. 33.49 lakh, ex-showroom. In terms of competition, Skoda Superb does not fear much as it lies in the competitive pricing zone. The Skoda Superb competes against Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat in the segment.