Skoda Superb Hatchback First Drive Review


Skoda Superb Overview

It’s is the third generation of the car and the Skoda Superb images reveal that the car is even more loftier in character than before. The Skoda Superb specification reveal that it’s longer (almost five meters now) and wider than the current generation car. It’s based on the Vision C concept which was revealed in 2014. The car is more sharp, the front get a new fascia altogether and the rear too has been extensively redesigned that has no semblance to the car it replaces.

Superb is powered by the 1.8-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel that powered the previous generation car. The front wheel drive car is available with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic transmission. What goes without saying is that you get the best value for money package just like the last generation Superb.

Skoda Superb Style

The first-generation of the Superb for India had a very gangster like look. It made its presence felt. Then the gangster went on a diet and wore a suit. The new design then was sleek and elegant. Skoda has now dressed the new Superb in an Armani tuxedo. It is the most dabber looking saloon in its segment at the moment. The front grille with the vertical chrome slats and even gets a chrome surround. The daytime running LEDs and indicator lamps are enclosed in the same housing. The fog lamp’s design too is well chiselled. The hood has prominent strakes and the centre forms a slender nose. Another very attractive styling are the intricately detailed headlights, which celebrate the renowned Bohemian glass cutting skills. The bi-xenon headlamps are engraved with a decorative cut to make it look appealing.

The side profile of the new Superb looks a lot more aggressive than before as it has lesser glass area especially at the rear. The glass tapers giving more space for metal and looks like a haunch. Then 17-inch tyres fill the wheel well. The rear again bears some resemblance to the previous-generation Superb, but the tail lamps are elongated horizontally. This makes it look a lot more appealing.

Skoda Superb Space

The simple yet minimalistic styling continues on the interiors as well. Some of the elements in the centre console look familiar to that of the Octavia though. There is a great feeling of space and airiness once you get inside the cabin and the quality is top notch all around. The layered dashboard gets black on the top with gloss finish in the middle while beige is used at the bottom. There is a thin ambient light running across the dashboard in the middle which looks elegant at night and offers three colours to choose from – white, green and blue. The 3-spoke steering with paddle shifts feels good to hold having contours on either side. The instrument cluster is clear to read and there is an informative MID providing all the information about the car.

The infotainment system comes with a large 6.5 inch touchscreen having very responsive touch feel. It comes with seamless phone connectivity for almost all platforms including MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Canton audio system has 12 speakers including a central speaker and a subwoofer, the audio quality is just amazing for a car in this class. More connectivity options include AUX, USB, SD Card and Bluetooth with SmartLink. Underneath the infotainment is a dual zone climate control system that chills the cabin quickly and also offers front seats ventilation feature. There are 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, driver seat also has memory function.

The rear seat of the new Skoda Superb is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and be at home. There is huge amount of space on offer and even 7 footers won’t complain about it. The legroom has been increased, headroom is decent while the shoulder room has also increased so you can seat three people abreast with ease. There is a dedicated third climate control zone for the rear passengers that adds to the convenience. There are enough storage spaces to keep knick knacks including front arm rest, cup holders, rear armrest with cupholders, cooled glovebox and more. The boot is humongous having 625-litres of space and if you fold the rear seats down it extends to a whopping 1760-litres of space. The boot is electrically operable and there is also a cool gesture to open the boot, just kick below the bumper and it’ll open. Some of the key features include Skoda umbrellas, roll up sun visors for rear windows and windscreen, perforated leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, electromechanical parking brake, park distance control, panoramic sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring, boss controls, etc. For more info on Skoda Superb visit Bioinformatica

Skoda Superb Performance

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.

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 Driving

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

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 Cost in Hyderabad

Skoda Superb On Road Price is 36,97,106/- and Ex-showroom Price is 30,99,000/- in Hyderabad. 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 .Check for Superb price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Skoda Superb Conclusion

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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