Skoda Superb Review & First Drive

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Skoda Superb Overview

If you’ve been reading ZigWheels you’d know that the 2016 Skoda Superb is not a mild facelift but a brand new car based on the new MQB platform, just like the new Skoda Octavia. And as you can see, the sharp design makes the new Superb longer and wider; yet more aerodynamic than ever before. What may not be visible is that it’s also almost 20 per cent more powerful, up to 75kg lighter and has improved fuel efficiency.

There are five variants of the 2016 Skoda Superb on offer. The most afforable is the base petrol manual Style variant priced at Rs 22.68 lakh. The petrol automatic comes in two variant – the Style costs Rs 23.91 lakh, while the top-spec L&K carries a price tag of Rs 26.89 lakh. The diesel 2016 Skoda Superb is only offered with an automatic transmission, where the Style comes for Rs 26.39 lakh and top of the line L&K diesel costs Rs 29.36 lakh (all ex-showroom Mumbai).

Comparing the silhouette of the outgoing Superb with the new car, the front overhang has been reduced, the roofline has been given a slight coupe-ish finish and the boot has been stretched by a couple of millimetres. This translates into an even more spacious cabin and a longer wheelbase. The B-pillars are also sleeker and create a larger glass house, adding to the visibility as I drove through the hustling and bustling Mangalore streets.Check for Skoda Superb  price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Skoda Superb Look

Extensively redesigned now, the Skoda Superb is sharper to look at. It’s based on the vision C concept showcased at the Geneva motor show 2014 and does not depart much from the concept style. The saloon feels big enough to take on the likes of BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and almost indistinguishable from the old car.

The modern looking grille along with the completely new headlamps and taillights appear totally in line with the new design theme that we earlier saw on the Skoda Octavia. The car is based on the modular MQB platform and weighs 75kg less than the car it replaces. The list of Skoda Superb colours on offer includes Candy White, Magnetic Brown Metallic, Black Magic Pearl Effect and Business Grey Metallic.

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.

Skoda Superb Transmission

The new Superb, on its long wheelbase, feels extremely comfortable at speed. It feels planted and stable even as the speedo needle climbs past three-digit speeds and levels of agility are decent for such a long car, despite the fact that the suspension is quite soft and pliant. The soft setup, however, does mean there is a bit of roll, some amount of float, and it does pitch a bit over poor roads as well. So, while it does make its way around corners quite nicely, it isn’t a car which you really enjoy attacking corners in. What does help you stay quite relaxed behind the wheel is the fact that the electric steering is nicely weighted and extremely accurate, and the brakes are nicely set up too, so you can shave speed on the way into corners. The Superb also comes with a ‘smart’ differential for the front wheels, but because the setup is so soft, you don’t really feel the benefit when you want to accelerate out of corners.

That aside, the ride is absolute dynamite. The raised-for-India suspension is pillow-soft, even over the roughest roads, the long wheelbase and big tyres lend a helping hand over the rough, and what makes the ride nicer is the fact that the suspension works silently, with no knocks or whacks filtering in. To know more info on Skoda Superb visit Rbts

Adding to the level of refinement is the smooth and slick petrol motor. An absolute delight both at low and high engine speeds, it is both extremely refined and very powerful at the same time. Idle is near silent, there’s a nice shot of torque when you take off, and what makes driving this car even more gratifying is that it always feels ever eager to deliver more performance. Incredibly, rev it past 2,500rpm, and it smoothens up even more, and after that, the raw punch on hand is even more manic. The best bit is that the engine and gearbox work fabulously together, delivering a slingshot-like performance every time you mash your foot down. And the gearbox is reasonably quick, even when you want to come down the gears in a hurry. Those looking to buy the better priced six-speed manual gearbox version get a car that drives just as well. The clutch is a teeny bit heavier than you expect, but the gears slot in with speed and accuracy and this version of the 1.8 TSI engine has considerably more pulling power or torque (32.6kgm vs 25.4kgm as the automatic has a torque limit), so a tap on the throttle is normally all you need to wake up the motor. There is a bit of turbo lag though and the engine only wakes up fully when you are past 2000rpm.

Also impressive is the diesel automatic. The 2.0-litre TDI has an extremely smooth and strong midrange and with 175bhp on tap, this is the most powerful Skoda diesel to be sold in India yet. It’s also an engine that enjoys being spun hard. VW’s new-gen diesels have lighter internals, less reciprocating mass and with more boost compared to earlier engines, performance is considerably stronger too. There is a bit of delay though between putting your foot down and the car accelerating due to the larger turbo used and the greater lag experienced. Refinement is also quite good. There is a bit of clatter at start up and some pitter patter as well, but once on the move, the engine smoothens up nicely. There is a bit too much fan noise once the engine is hot, but this is only apparent if the audio system is off and the air conditioning is on low.

Skoda Superb Riding

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.

Skoda Superb Safety

Apart from saving you enough money to buy a decent hatchback, the Skoda TSI Style also comes packed with an impressive eight air-bag set, leather seats, Bi-Xenon and adaptive headlamps, panoramic sun-roof, 6.5-inch colour display, three-zone climate control and a whole bunch of electronics including ABS, EBD, electronic differential lock, hill hold and parking sensors. Other unique small features like the tiny waste paper bin on the door panel can also be found on this model.

Skoda Superb Price in Ahmedabad

Skoda Superb On Road Price is 33,86,703/- and Ex-showroom Price is 30,99,000/- in Ahmedabad. 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 .

Skoda Superb Final Word

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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