February 18, 2015 : Skoda has globally debuted the third generation Superb in Prague and it is heading for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The 2016 Superb will be launched in the month of June while deliveries will start in UK in September. Indian launch is expected early next year. Moreover, nearly an year before, Skoda had introduced the updated version of the Superb model at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The changes are concentric to the front and rear end of the vehicle, the price of the variants range from Rs. 18.87 lakhs to Rs. 25.20 lakhs (Ex-Showroom New Delhi).
Skoda Superb is a high end luxury saloon from the fleet of this Czech Republic based automaker. It has recently undergone a major cosmetic overhaul in terms of both insides and exteriors. Currently, this saloon is available in two trim levels with both petrol and diesel engine options. Both Ambition and Elegance diesel trims have been equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that is mated with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. While the petrol variants are fitted with 1.8-litre engine that is available with choice of a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. This refurbished version of Superb carries the same body structure like its predecessor, but it gets revised cosmetics, which makes it look stunning. Its front facade gets a major change over owing to its wider radiator grille that has vertically positioned stripes and a thick chrome surround. However the most important aspect of its exteriors is its completely redesigned headlight cluster that has LED daytime running lights along with bi-xenon headlamps. The car maker has also updated the interiors with improving its leg room and seating arrangement, which makes it one of the most luxurious saloon in its segment. This is the first vehicle in its to have an ergonomically angled lounge step that helps you to relax while traveling. As far as its features are concerned, this vehicle gets all the features of its previous model, but with slight refinements. This vehicle has a central console in the rear featuring a discreet digital screen that displays outside temperature and time. Apart from these, this model has several standard features like automatic AC unit, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats and pre-installed equipment for telephone preparation, and cruise control system On the other hand, the car maker has also updated safety aspects of this saloon by installing eight airbags including to its rear sides, which reduces the extent of damage in case of an accident. In addition to these, it has security features like ABS with EBD, park distance control and several occupant restraint features. This vehicle is a direct competitor of Toyota Corolla Altis, Nissan Teana and Renault Fluence in the Indian automobile market. This vehicle is has an unlimited kilometers warranty for a period of two years, which can be extended further at an additional price.
This luxury saloon recently received cosmetic, which gives it a fabulous new look. The car maker has revised all the facets, especially its front facade, which gives a distinctive appeal. It gets a sleeker headlight cluster that are powered by bi-xenon lamps and expressively crafted LED DRLs. However, its ambition trim gets conventional halogen based projector headlamps. In the center, the radiator grille gets a signature new butterfly design with vertical strip along with a thick chrome surround. The front bumper too has been revised that is designed with perforated air intake section along with a pair of reshaped fog lamps. The side profile looks mostly identical to its predecessor, but its pronounced fenders gives it a masculine appeal. These are further fitted with a set of Helix alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres. Its side profile gets a lot of chrome inserts, especially on window frames and protective door stripes. Its door handles and ORVMs are in body color, while its B pillar gets high gloss black shade. Its external wing mirrors are further integrated with clear lens LED side blinkers, which provides additional protection. This saloon has a refreshing rear profile owing to its trendy new taillight cluster with three LED stripes featuring brake light turn indicator and courtesy lamp. Its tailgate has the trademark triangular design along with a lot of chrome inserts, which gives it a magnificent look. At the same time, its bumper too gets some refinements and it is affixed with a pair of reflectors along with two polished exhaust pipes. The company's new logo on boot lid is further emphasizing its brand new look.
The car maker has made slight changes to its exteriors, as a result of which, its external dimension have been rescaled. It has an overall length of 4833 along with a total width of 1817mm. Its total height is pretty decent with 1482mm, whereas its minimum ground clearance is a bit low with just 159mm. On the other hand, it is designed with a large wheelbase of 2761mm, which helped in improving leg space inside.
Ed's take: The Superb is the flagship of Skoda and one can feel it the moment he/she sits at the rear seat. There are acres of space and the seat also feels like a throne.
The internal cabin of this Skoda Superb saloon gets minor tweak and yet it looks elegant, down to the closest detail. Its gets an ivory interior color scheme that is further emphasized by wood and extensive chrome inserts. The car maker has used high quality materials for the interiors along with nappa leather upholstery, which gives it an enchanting look. The space inside the cabin is increases owing to its improved length and overall wheelbase. At the same time, its boot storage capacity is also improved, which can be increased further by folding rear bench seat. All the seats have adjustable head restraints along with center armrest and are covered with premium nappa leather upholstery. Its Ambition trim gets 12-way adjustable driver's seat, while the Elegance trim also gets an adjustable passenger's seat. Its dashboard, especially the center fascia is neatly sculptured and is equipped with advanced climate control unit along with Skoda Audio system. In addition to these, its dashboard houses an advanced multi-functional display that screens average consumption, distance traveled, average speed, and numerous other warning functions. The car maker has placed the rear AC vents on B pillars, which further adds to the convenience. Apart from these, its rear central console gets a digital display that provides information related to outside temperate, clock and has 12 V accessory power socket. Furthermore, its steering wheel gets a new design featuring company's brand new logo and is equipped with audio and call control switches.
Both the variants in this series have been equipped with a set of innovative comfort features. Its entry level Ambition trim has features like 12-way adjustable driver's seat with programmable memory, dual zone automatic climate control unit, Nappa leather upholstery, adjustable air con vents on B pillars and retractable screen for rear windows including windscreen. In addition to these, it has automatic front wipers with rain sensor, outside temperature display, digital clock, board spot lamps and a Jumbo box storage compartment. Apart from these, it has features like rear center armrest with cup holders, including storage compartment and through loading facility. Beside these, the car maker has also incorporated features like a twindoor function (variable fifth door opening), softtouch (automatic closure of boot lid), power adjustable windows with one touch operation, electrically adjustable wing mirrors including three programmable memory settings and auto-tilt function on reverse gear selection. In addition to these aspects, its top end Elegance trim also has electric sunroof with bounce back system, 12-way electrically adjustable passenger's seat, cruise control system and an electronic set-up for multi-functional display.
There is ample leg space available inside, thanks to the improved wheelbase and overall length. At the same time, it gets a decent width and height, which contributes towards comfortable head and shoulder room. On the other hand, this trim gets a 543 litre boot space, which can be extended further by folding the split folding rear bench seat.
Ed's take: The acceleration of the Superb is good and even the torque spread is even throughout the rev band.
The diesel variants of Superb have been equipped with an in-line 1968cc engine that is skilfully coupled with a six speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. This helps it to reach a top speed of approximately 205 Kmpl, while breaking the 100 Kmph speed mark in close to 11.33 seconds. On the other hand, its petrol variants are incorporated with a 1798cc engine that has paired with a 6-speed fully synchronized manual transmission gearbox. At the same time, its top end variant is available with 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. Both these manual and automatic variants have the ability to attain a top speed of approximately 200 Kmph, which is quite good. At the same time, it takes only about 9.10 seconds to reach a 100 kmph speed barrier from a standstill.
Ed's take: The engines on the offer are powerful and even frugal. These engines have good power delivery and are fun to rev.
This saloon comes with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. All its petrol variants have been equipped with an advanced 1.8-litre TSI engine that has a displacement capacity of 1798cc. This engine comprises of 4-cylinders and 16-valves based on a DOHC valve configuration that receives fuel through a direct injection system. This in-line petrol mill is also integrated with a liquid cooling system and has a turbocharger. It helps the motor to pump out a maximum power of 157.81bhp between 4500 to 6200rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 250Nm in the range of 1500 to 4500rpm. This engine in the top end variant is coupled with an advanced 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. While the remaining two variants are available with a 6-speed fully synchronized manual transmission gearbox that allows the front wheels to extract its torque output. On the other hand, its diesel variants are equipped with 2.0-litre TDI engine that has high-pressure direct injection system. This mill comprises of 4-cylinders and 16-valves that can displace 1968cc. It is also incorporated with a turbocharger featuring self aligning blades. This mill can belt out a commanding power of 138bhp at 4200rpm and develops a superior torque output of 320Nm in between 1750 to 2500rpm. This diesel motor is coupled with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox with tiptronic manual gear changing facility.
Ed's take: The fuel efficiency of the Skoda Superb is brilliant, especially of the diesel as it is fun to drive and doesn’t even burn your pocket.
As mentioned above, this saloon is available with petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. All the petrol variants are equipped with a 1798cc TSI engine that has conventional direct injection system. Its manual versions have the ability to produce a mileage of 13.1 Kmpl, which goes up to a maximum of 13.7 Kmpl in its automatic versions , which is rather interesting. On the other hand, its diesel variants have been equipped with a 1968cc engine that has hi-pressure direct injection system. This engine can deliver a minimum of around 14 Kmpl on city roads while delivering a peak mileage of 17.2 Kmpl on highways.
Ed's take: The power produced by the Skoda Superb is decent. The diesel feels a bit slack, however it has good power delivery. The facelift doesn’t get any bump in the power ratings.
The version powered by a 1.8-litre TSI mill has a liquid cooling system and is incorporated with a turbocharger as well. Both the manual and its automatic versions have the ability to produce a maximum power of 157.81bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 250Nm . On the other hand, its diesel variants have been equipped with a powerful 2.0-litre motor that has a turbocharger with self aligning blades. This mill has the ability to develop a maximum power of 138bhp that results in a peak torque output of 320Nm, which is quite impressive.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
|Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|13.0||17.2||138.08bhp @ 4200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Elegance 1.8 TSI MT
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|8.9||13.1||157.81bhp @ 4500-6200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Elegance 1.8 TSI AT
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|10.3||13.7||157.81bhp @ 4500-6200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
Ed's take: The Superb gets a touch-screen music system with a high-quality output, sunroof and other major features that you expect a luxury car to have. It now even gets day-time running lamps and push-start button as extra features on the facelift.
All the variants in this saloon series have been integrated with a proficient Skoda Audio player including a 6.5-inch TFT LCD color display with touch controls for audio. Furthermore, they are equipped with a six-disc CD changer and has ports for AUX-In/USB devices . In addition to these, it supports SD/MMC data card reader and has a total of eight speakers, which provides ultimate entertainment. The multifunctional steering wheel haa audio and call function switches mounted on it. On the other hand, both the variants have Bluetooth connectivity for GSM telephone preparation and has simultaneous operation of handsfree profile. However, individuals can personalize it with several other aspects like body graphics, side skirts, ski racks navigations system and other such functions.
Ed's take: The braking of Skodas has been good and the flagship is no exception. The brakes are good and even the feel is nice.
This saloon is blessed with a robust hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit vacuum assisted braking system wherein both the front and rear wheels are fitted with disc brakes. Its front disc brakes also have inner cooling system with single/piston floating calipers . Its Ambition trim has features like anti lock braking system along with mechanical brake assistant and electronic brake force distribution. Furthermore, it has advanced traction control system and anti slip regulation, which reduces the loss of traction. As far as its suspension is concerned, its front axle gets a McPherson strut system that is loaded with a torsion stabilizer and lower triangular links. While the rear axle has multi-element system featuring one longitudinal and three transverse links along with a torsion stabilizer.
Ed's take: The safety features on the Superb include airbags, ABS and even ESP. The handling of the Superb is good, and it feels nimble even when on the ghats. You only feel the length of the vehicle, only when you drive it in city traffic, in narrow lanes.
This model series gets several sophisticated safety aspects, which ensures unparalleled protection to the vehicle and its passengers. This refurbished version gets eight airbags including side airbags for front and rear along with curtain airbags, which safeguards the occupants in case of an accident. At the same time, both the variants have park distance control including sensors for front and rear along with a Parktronic display on central infotainment system. Apart from these, its top end trim gets hill hold control and hydraulic brake assistant function, which provides additional safety. Its Ambition trim is blessed with a list safety features like halogen projector headlamps with manual leveling, front fog lights, warning indicators on all doors, cornering function with front fog lights and LED taillights. In addition to these, it has automatic dimming of interior mirror, whereas the external wing mirrors have a defogger and timer. Then there are seat belt pre-tensioners for front and rear, rear windscreen defogger with timer, active front head restraints, driver's seat belt warning light and height adjustable three point front seat belt. In addition to these, it also has height adjustable head restraints, underbody protection cover, rough road package and emergency triangle in luggage compartment. The car maker is also offering features like door open indicator, pedestrian protection system, fuel supply cut-off in a crash, side door protective strips and high level third brake light. Apart from all these, it has security features like remote control operation for closing and opening of windows including door mirrors. Furthermore, it has anti-theft alarm with motion and tilt sensors, engine immobilizer with floating code and security code for infotainment system. In addition to these, its top end variant also has remote control operation for electric sunroof, KESSY (keyless entry, start and exit system), with engine start/stop button, electronic stability control, electronic differential lock, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic levelling.
The top end Elegance and the entry level Ambition trims have been blessed with a set of stylish 16-inch alloy wheels. These rims are further covered with a set of tubeless radial tyres of size 205/55 R16, which provides an excellent grip.
1. Sleek and lustrous overall bodyline and structure.
2. Both engines are powerful and gives a reliable performance always.
3. Lavish cabin space with innovative features is a big plus.
4. Equipped with a lot of significant safety aspects.
5. A large boot compartment and fuel tank.
1. Lack of GPS navigation system is a big minus.
2. Entry level variant lacks some crucial features.
3. Very disappointing fuel efficiency.
4. Ground clearance is too low.
5. Maintenance and spares are slightly expensive than its competitors.
|Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT |
|26,25,000||26,71,666||27,06,052||26,71,666||25,75,660||26,71,670||26,97,450||Get On Road Price|
|Elegance 1.8 TSI MT |
|21,65,000||22,03,488||22,31,900||22,03,488||21,24,350||22,03,490||22,24,752||Get On Road Price|
|Elegance 1.8 TSI AT |
|23,30,000||23,71,422||24,01,976||23,71,422||22,86,230||23,71,420||23,94,310||Get On Road Price|
Skoda has revealed the new Superb in Prague, this third generation sedan is heading for its public debut at the 2015 85th Geneva Motor Show early next month. The 2016 Superb will be launched in the month of June while deliveries will start in UK in September. Indian launch is expected early next year.
Skoda will make the global unveil of the third generation Superb tomorrow in Forum Karlín in Prague. After the unveiling of the 2016 Superb, it will be heading for the 85th Geneva Motor Show in the first week of March. The sales in Europe will start by mid-2015, Indian launch is expected early next year.
Public debut to held at the 2015 85th Geneva International Motor Show
Skoda will make the global debut of the third generation Superb next week on 17th of February, 2015. And as announced earlier, the Czech automaker will introduce the new Superb in Prague. The sales of the same are set for mid-2015 in Europe. Speaking of the Indian launch, it is expected early next year.