Skoda Superb Review
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Skoda Superb Review by Expert
Skoda Superb; the full sized luxury saloon, is one of the most premium product by Czech Republic based auto maker Skoda Auto in India. The five-door and five-seat vehicle was initially launched in the year 2004. The luxury sedan received an affectionate response from the Indian elite class of car buyers, as at that time there was no alternate to Mercedes Benz. In the year 2008, an all-new upgraded Superb was presented at Geneva Motor Show, after which it saw its India launch and from there it never turned back. Currently, it is made available in three engine choices of 1.8L (Petrol TSI), 2.0L (Diesel TDI) and a mammoth 3.6L (Petrol FSI).While the launch of a new low-cost variant ‘Superb Ambition’ it has now stretched its array very well to challenge recently launched New Hyundai Sonata in the country.
Skoda Superb is an epitome of luxury that integrates a perfect blend combination of exceptional engineering and styling at its best. The front gets hold of you by means of its bold appearance and attractive wrapped around bi-xenon headlamps with AFS that carry sharp edges sweep-ed in upward direction. Whereas, the front chrome bordered black grille is ‘more’ of a ‘Cadillac’ with impressive chrome ‘Skoda crest’, that speaks about its royal approach. The broader and elevated stance reminds you about the likes of Volkswagen Passant and Skoda Laura, well it will, as it shares similar platform. The sides have smooth and elegant cues flowing around along with rear that bestows a polished and clean surface with one of best looking tail lamps, last but not the least, the sunroof/moon roof is just fascinating to watch, and use too.
The interior screams sheer luxury and roominess. In the cabin one would find rich tones of shade combined with quality textures and finished ‘real’ chrome makes you go gaga over it. The centre console at the front looks modish with premium finish and wood inserts at the dashboard. The driver and co-driver seats are extremely supportive and power assisted with 12-way adjustable function together with ample legroom, head room and shoulder room, with this, one won’t find more luxurious seating (with Nappa leather upholstery) at least in this class. Other exquisite feature of this incredible beauty comprise of a touch screen display at the centre that controls—unbelievably--the whole lot, from CD-changer and Radio to advanced GPS navigation system to phone.
Safety and security features provided here are, as if to protect a ‘king’ in the fort and not mere occupants. There are as many as 8-airbags, active front head restraints along with long list of passive features that includes ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) to HHC (Hill Hold Control) and TCS (Traction Control System). The security fleet of characteristics consists of engine immobilizer with floating code, security code for infotainment and much more contemporary aspects that you could think of in the recent times.
Skoda Superb Mileage & Fuel Efficiency
|Variants||Mileage (in city)||Mileage (on highway)|
|Skoda Superb Petrol TSI||10 kmpl||13.1 kmpl|
|Skoda Superb Petrol TSI AT||10.7 kmpl||13.7 kmpl|
|Skoda Superb Diesel TDI CR||14.2 kmpl||17.2 kmpl|
The newly launched Ambition variant and earlier Elegance variant have no difference under the hood with same engine doing duties and coming up with some fantastic mileage figures. Here the petrol manual gearbox laden version provides a decent city mileage of 10 kmpl , while on the highways it catches up to 13.1 kmpl. With the addition of AT in the gearbox it tends to come out with more efficient fuel numbers of 10.7 kmpl in the traffic ridden city conditions whereas, a satisfactory 13.7 kmpl is achieved on the smoother highway drives. The turbo charged diesel power train is extremely frugal compared to the rivals in the segment as it returns a fitting mileage of 14.2 kmpl in the city drives, albeit on highways it flies and then too, it provides with a miraculous number of 17.2 kmpl, which is claimed by the company.
Skoda Superb Variants and Features
|Skoda Superb Variants||Special Features|
|Skoda Superb Ambition 1.8 Petrol TSI||The features of premium sedan include 12-way adjustable front seats, Skoda swing audio system with aux-in and nappa leather upholstery along with variable fifth door opening (the unique twin-door feature at boot). Eight airbags, front head restraints and rear parking sensors are a part of safety feature list together with remote locking and unlocking of doors.|
|Skoda Superb Elegance 1.8 Petrol TSI||The top end variant comes packed with some elite features like electrically powered sunroof, Skoda music player with 6-CD Changer and memory card reader, blue tooth connectivity along with retractable screens for rear windows and windscreen. The other comprise of soft-touch auto closure of boot lid, jumbo box storage compartment with holders together with ABS with EBD and ESP as safety elements.|
|Skoda Superb Elegance 1.8 Petrol TSI AT||The automatic gearbox variant holds similar features of manual version, to name some include Skoda audio player with 6.5-inch LCD TFT color touch screen, steering wheel mounted audio and Bluetooth controls on the leather wrapped steering wheels of Superb.|
|Skoda Superb Ambition 2.0 Diesel TDI CR AT||The features like dual zone climate controls, automatic air circulator with air quality sensor and adjustable AC vents on the B-pillar besides Skoda umbrella case holder. Although, the other elements remain similar to that of 1.8L petrol variant of Superb.|
|Skoda Superb Elegance 2.0 Diesel TDI CR AT||There are some brilliant features in this high end model that consist of GSM phone connectivity via Bluetooth and Bluetooth audio streaming along with auto gear-shift on the steering wheel and central infotainment. There are rain sensing wiper, cruise control, CatVision and diffused foot-well lighting along with safety features like Hill Hold Control, Traction Control, Anti Slip Regulation and Tyre Pressure monitoring.|
Skoda Superb Engine, Power and Performance
Skoda Superb is a powerful car as its turbocharged petrol engine, in line, liquid cooling system, direct injection, 16V DOHC & transverse in front, with an Engine (cc) of 1798 in its TSI & TSI AT variants and maximum power of 160 PS @ 4500-6200 rpm & maximum torque of 250 Nm @ 1500-4500 rpm in its (TSI & TSI AT) variants. Here the manual variant is mated to a 6-speed transmission that is fully synchronized along with automatic 7-speed, DSG, with tip-tronic manual gear changing powers the TSI AT variant.
With a turbocharged 16V DOHC diesel engine & self aligning blades, inline liquid cooling system and high pressure direct injection system, the 2.0L or 1968cc engine carries out maximum power & torque of 140 PS @ 4200 rpm & 320 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm respectively in its (TDI CR) variant. All this makes this variant more fuel efficient teamed up with an automatic 6-speed DSG with tip-tronic manual gear changing.
Among the two engines, the diesel version is more frugal compared to its petrol counterpart, as it delivers power packed performance along with satisfactory mileage numbers.
Skoda Superb Pickup and Acceleration
|Variants||Max. Power(kw / rpm)||Max. Torque(Nm / rpm)||Pickup(0-100 in sec)||Top Speed(Km / h)||Transmission|
|Skoda Superb Petrol TSI||160/ 4500-6200||250/1500-4500||9.4||210||Manual 6-speed fully synchronized|
|Skoda Superb Petrol TSI AT||160 / 4500-6200||250/1500-4500||10.8||220||Automatic 7-speed, DSG, with Tiptronic manual gear changing|
|Skoda Superb Diesel TDI CR||103 / 4200||320/1750-2500||11.7||205||Automatic 6-speed, DSG, with Tiptronic manual gear changing|
Skoda Superb Interiors and Features
With its seven star interior Skoda Superb gives its customers a real feel of satisfaction & comfort. The interior is dual tone & is Onyx-ivory with wood design chrome package & ivory Nappa leather seat upholstery, electrically adjustable & supportive arm-chair like fronts seats & 12 ways electrically adjustable driver & passenger seats with programmable memory enhance the interior and space of the car. Skoda Superb has a nice audio player with large 6.5” LCD TFT color touch screen which makes the audio system easy to operate and is supported with six CD changers & SD/MMC data card reader which reduces the pain of changing CDs. This car contains Dual-Zone & automatic climate control system maintains the temperature accordingly. With its multiple sensors it controls the temperature, direction of air and distributes it individually so that temperature can be maintained. There’s a automatic air circulation which improves the air quality inside the car which maker the occupant feel much comfortable and safe. Adjustable rear air condition vents on B-pillar are present for the comfort of providing air volume for the passengers on the rear seat. High quality Nappa leather gives the royal feel to its customers and with its durability & soft texture raises the interior quality. Rear wind screen & retractable screen for the rear window prevents sunlight to enter the cabin and also provides privacy. Gear shift control on the steering wheel is helpful in controlling the gear from the steering wheel. The cruise control maintains constant speed and prevents the driver from getting tiered on long journeys on long roads. Digital clock & outer temperature display keep on the rear centre console keeps rear passengers informed about the time & temperature. These royal features & comforts make Skoda Superb different and attractive in comparison to any other car.
Remote trunk/boot & fuel lid opener makes it easy for the driver to save time. Power windows on front & rear side of the car make it easy fro the passengers to open & close windows with comfort. Rear reading lamp helps in maintain the light at rear side at times of dark. Low fuel warning light which helps in making the driver aware about the fuel left. Leather gear knob gives the feeling of luxury and warmth. Pockets on front doors with fabric & leather door trims. Cup holder on rear & front side gives relaxation to the passengers. There is a headrest & arm rest on the rear seat which gives relief to the passenger at the time of long journeys. It contains a cigarette lighter for maintaining the comfort level.
Skoda Superb Exteriors and Features
To describe the Exterior features of Skoda Superb it is luxurious with a outstanding style and composure. With its exterior chrome package and sharp styling lines of chrome on the front radiator & on the lower air dam gives the cool expression of this car. The car has 16” alloys and as having a large diameter this car is made for its stability & safety. The position of side mirror and turn indicators on the side mirror is the extraordinary factor which attracts the customers and gives a pride feeling to the owner. With a boot lid spoiler & polished exhaust tailpipes gives the hint of the machinery, mechanism & performance of the car. It has automatic front wipers with rain sensors which automatically detects the rain activates the front aerowipers and adjust there speed according to the intensity of rain. It helps the drivers to drive with full concentration without manually operating the wipers and enjoy the driving experience even when it’s rainy.
The fascinating feature of the car is that it has boarding spot lamps which are located at the lower part of side mirror & at the lower section of front & rear doors, when the car is unlocked by the remote or doors are opened boarding spot light activates to guide the passenger or user to step in or out while in dark or in the basement parking areas where there is scarcity of light for safety purposes. With an electric sunroof a convenient dial operational slides open the sunroof completely for the comfort of the users. It contains adjustable& xenon headlamps supported with front and rear fog lights which help to drive even in dense fog. As the bumpers, door handles, tailgate handles & outside rear view mirror are body colored gives the fine touch and look to the user and passengers.
Safety Features in Skoda Superb
This machine with its advanced technology has been designed keeping in mind the safety & security measures for the passengers & its users. For the safety point of view this car is loaded with 8 air bags including dual front air bags, dual side air bags & dual curtain air bags to provide a high level of passenger’s protection. After air bags are activated the sequence of other operation for safety also starts like cut-off of fuel supply, switching off of certain electrical circuits, unlocking of doors & activation of warning lights. HHC (Hill Hold Control) is there which holds the car even in the hilly of sloppy areas from rolling backward by breaking it and also prevents usage of hand breaks. TPM (Tyre Pressure monitoring) is also present which continuously monitors the tyre pressure in all the four tyres and indicates a warning if there is difference in the tyre pressure. Advanced technology of Active Front Head Restraint is present which reduces the neck injury by moving forward in the rear impact. ASB (Anti-Lock Brake System) is also introduced in this car to avoid slippery conditions on roads, controls the braking system too and ensure minimum stopping distance too ABS is also supported by EBD (Electronic Brakeforce distribution) which automatically controls the force applied on each brake according to the road conditions & speed of the vehicle. It also put same amount of brake force on each wheel to maintain the stability of car to drive comfortably.
A gadget named Electronic stability control is also there in this car to maintain the stability and smooth movement of the car. For security purposes central locking with power door locks are present so that driver can easily lock the car instead of locking the car doors one by one. For the safety of children’s child safety locks are present to avoid opening of car door by children and user can concentrate on his drive properly.
Anti theft alarm is present which starts working if someone tries to move the car or steal so that robbery can’t take place and gives a safe felling to the driver. Door ajar warning is there which indicate and keep aware the driver if any door is not locked. Parking sensors are present in the car which helps the drivers to park safely without any inconvenience. These safety measures taken in this car for the user by Skoda makes it safe other than any other car.
Skoda Superb Driving and Handling
As far as driving is concerned this car creates magic while driving and gives a feel of satisfaction to its users as well as passengers. With its electronic power steering it becomes very easy for the driver to handle this car with comfort and the braking system introduced Includes all the breaks are disc brakes and EBS controls the driving and stability so that driver do not feel jerks even on the rough roads. The breaking system is hydraulic dual diagonal circuit and vacuum assist with dual rate system makes the driver feel easy to control the car. 16” alloy wheels with a large diameter makes the look as well as the stability & balance of the car so that drive is smoother.
The suspension introduced in this car is the best in world. McPherson suspension with lower triangular links & torsion stabilizer on the front axel & multi-element axel, with one longitude and three transverse links & with torsion stabilizer makes the movement of the car smoother and lighter.
Skoda Superb Accessories
AS the car has all the seven star comforts, Skoda has kept in mind about the best entertainment system and advanced accessories. With the six CD changer and SD / MMC card reader this car is uploaded with 6.5 LCD TFT color touch screen which makes it convenient for the user to operate through dials or buttons & gives the entertainment system a height of luxury. The audio system includes CD player, Mp3 player, AM / FM radio, remote controlled audio system & at last to increase the sound and volume speakers are present on the front & rear side of the car.
Skoda Superb Conclusion
The exquisite saloon from premium carmaker Skoda appeals directly to those ‘cream’ individuals that are now bored of driving German vehicle called Mercedes Benz, it’s time for ‘Czech beauty’ to come and take the center stage. The premium sedan ‘genuinely ’redefines the way one looks at a luxury vehicle in an apt manner. There are many unique features incorporated in the car to make it look ‘literally outstanding’ from the crowd that comprise of Toyota Camry and New Hyundai Sonata in its segment. From its paten design of ‘twin-door’ rear lid to its classic yet royal appearance and it is fuel efficient too, against the available lot. And now, with the launch of affordable ‘Ambition’ edition, Skoda has brought a feeling of delight along with pride on faces of the prospect customers waiting for the anticipated version of Superb.
Skoda Superb VariantsWrite Review
18,87,000Get On Road Price
10 kmpl (City)
13.1 Kmpl (Highway)
20,65,000Get On Road Price
10 kmpl (City)
13.1 Kmpl (Highway)
23,43,000Get On Road Price
11.5 kmpl (City)
15.5 kmpl (Highway)
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