October 31, 2015: SKODA, has launched the new cum third generation model of Superb in China within four months of its launch in Europe. Employing MQB technology, the car has been worked upon to increase the safety as well as connectivity features. Expressive design, impressive engineering and the best space in its class- This is what can be the best explanation for the new Superb. With this opening, the automaker is planning to increase its sale to half a million units per year, in the world’s 2nd largest economy.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT||Diesel||Automatic||1968cc
||13.0||17.2||138.03bhp @ 4200rpm|
|Elegance 1.8 TSI MT||Petrol||Manual||1798cc
||8.9||13.1||157.75bhp @ 4500-6200rpm|
|Elegance 1.8 TSI AT||Automatic||1798cc
||10.3||13.7||157.75bhp @ 4500-6200rpm|
This company is one of the most famous car maker in the country, which has a lot of splendid vehicles. Among them, Skoda Superb is a high end luxury saloon, which has recently undergone a major cosmetic overhaul in terms of both insides and exteriors. Currently, this saloon is available in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine comes with liquid cooling system and displaces 1968cc. It is coupled with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox, which allows the saloon to deliver 138bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 320Nm. While the petrol variants are fitted with 1.8-litre TSI engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1798cc. It is available with choice of a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. This motor can generate a peak power of 157.8bhp along with a commanding torque output of 250Nm. It has an efficient braking mechanism, which is further assisted by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution. It also has hill hold control and hydraulic brake assistant system. At the same time, its suspension mechanism is quite reliable and helps in keeping the vehicle well balanced and stable. For increasing the number of sales, the company has launched its Zeal Edition for a limited period. This package comes with a few additional interior features that further adds to its elegance. The list of additional aspects include a black internal cabin, which features Alcantara leather seats, black dashboard along with black door trims, which gives the cabin a modern look. There is no mechanical changes to the Zeal Edition range. The latest version of this saloon carries the same body structure like its predecessor, but it gets revised cosmetics, which makes it look stunning on the roads. 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. It also has a large windscreen with rain sensing wipers, an elegant set of alloy wheels, body colored bumpers, a pair of round shaped fog lamps and so on. The car maker has also updated the interiors with improving its leg room and seating arrangement that 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 the occupants 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. It 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, it also has been equipped with a number of safety aspects, which gives it a stress free driving experience. It is incorporated with eight airbags including side and curtain airbags, which reduces the extent of damage in case of an accident. In addition to these, it has security features like park distance control, warning indicators on all doors, anti slip regulation, traction control system, 3-point ELR seat belts for all passengers and several occupant restraint features. This vehicle is direct competitor of Audi A3, Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, Renault Fluence and others in this class. The company is offering this vehicle with a standard warranty of two years or unlimited kilometers, whichever comes first. This period can be further extend for one or two years at an additional price paid to authorized dealers.
The company has given it an aerodynamic body structure, which is fitted with a number of styling aspects. The car maker has revised all the facets, especially its front facade, which gives a distinctive appeal. Starting with the front facade, it has a bold radiator grille, which has a butterfly design with vertical strip and a thick chrome surround. There is a prominent company insignia embossed in the center. This grille is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster that are powered by bi-xenon lamps along with automatic headlight control function. It is also equipped with LED day time running lights. The body colored bumper is designed with perforated air intake section for cooling the engine. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of round shaped fog lamps that adds to the visibility. It has a large windscreen, which is accompanied by a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, it is neatly designed with chrome finished window sill and body colored protective moldings. Its neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with a set of Helix alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres. 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. It comes with electrically adjustment function along with memory and heating function as well. This saloon has 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.
It has an overall length of 4833 along with a total width of 1817mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. Its total height is pretty decent with 1482mm that ensures ample head space for all passengers. Whereas, its minimum ground clearance is a tad bit low at just 159mm. On the other hand, it is designed with a large wheelbase of 2761mm, which helps in improving leg space inside. The steering wheel of this saloon supports a minimum turning radius of 10.8 meters.
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 the variant with Zeal Edition package is designed in black color scheme including a stylish black dashboard and door trims. Its seat are covered in Alcantara leather upholstery, which gives a plush feel while traveling. While the internal section of other trim levels 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 ambient lighting, which gives it an enchanting look. The space inside the cabin is increases owing to its overall wheelbase and can accommodate five passengers with ease. It is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are covered with Nappa leather upholstery. All the seats have adjustable head restraints along with center armrest. Its front seats have 12-way adjustment function with proper lumbar support that adds to the comfort level. At the same time, its rear bench seat has split foldable function that helps in increasing the boot space. Its dashboard, especially the center fascia is neatly sculptured and is equipped with advanced climate control unit along with 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 a 12 V accessory power socket for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. Furthermore, its steering wheel gets a new design featuring company's brand new logo and is equipped with audio and call control switches.
The car maker has equipped this luxurious saloon with a set of innovative comfort features. For more comfort and safe driving, it has a leather wrapped steering wheel with Bluetooth handsfree and gear shift paddles. It is incorporated with a climatronic dual zone air conditioning unit with electronic regulation of cabin temperature. It also has adjustable vents, automatic air circulation and dual climatronic display. It has a twelve way adjustable driver's seat with programmable memory that adds to the comfort level. It is bestowed with an advanced audio system, which comes with Bluetooth connectivity and TFT color touchscreen display. It supports CD/MP3 player, MEDIA-IN input, USB interface, i-Pod connectivity, SD/MMC data card reader and eight speakers that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. The cruise control system maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. 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 twin door function (variable fifth door opening), soft touch (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.
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 has a 543 litre boot space, which can be extended further by folding the split folding rear bench seat. The fuel tank capacity of this vehicle is about 60 litres, which is good enough for planning longer journeys.
Ed's take: The acceleration of the Superb is good and even the torque spread is even throughout the rev band.
With the helps of a six speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox, it allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of approximately 205 Kmph that is quite thrilling for the passengers sitting inside. At the same time, it will break the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill in close to 11.33 seconds. On the other hand, its petrol variants with a 6-speed fully synchronized manual transmission gearbox can attain a top speed in the range of 200 to 210 Kmph. At the same time, its top end variant is available with 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox, which has the ability to achieve 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.
The company is selling this saloon with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to select 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 four cylinders and sixteen valves based on a DOHC (double overhead camshaft) based 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 as well. It helps the motor to pump out a maximum power of 157.8bhp between 4500 to 6200rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 250Nm in the range of 1500 to 4500rpm. It is coupled with a six speed manual and an advanced 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox, depending on the variants. It allows the front wheels to extract the 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 is integrated with 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.
The petrol variants are equipped with a 1798cc TSI engine that has conventional direct injection fuel supply 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 good for this class. 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, which is rather for this segment.
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.
Its 1.8-litre TSI mill has a liquid cooling system and is incorporated with a turbocharger. It has the ability of producing a maximum power of 157.8bhp in the range of 4500 to 6200rpm in combination with a commanding torque output of 250Nm between 1500 to 4500rpm. On the other hand, its diesel variants have been equipped with a powerful 2.0-litre motor that has a turbocharger along with self aligning blades. It enables the motor to develop a maximum power of 138bhp at 4200rpm that results in a peak torque output of 320Nm between 1750 to 2500rpm, which is quite impressive for Indian road and traffic conditions.
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 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 port and 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 has audio, cruise 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 stylish body graphics, side skirts, ski racks, navigations system, floor mats, rear seat entertainment system, a set of alloy wheels and other such features.
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. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of disc brakes, which has single floating calipers. While its rear wheels have been equipped with conventional disc brakes. This braking mechanism is further augmented by ABS along with EBD and hydraulic brake assistant. It also has hill hold control as well. 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. It is incorporated with a direct rack and pinion based electro-mechanic steering wheel, which is quite responsive and makes it easy to handle in every conditions.
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 as well. 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, it has park distance control including sensors along with a Parktronic display on central infotainment system. 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. It has height adjustable head restraints, under body 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 leveling.
The astutely crafted wheel arches are fitted with a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, which gives the side profile an elegant look. These rims are further covered with a set of tubeless radial tyres of size 205/55 R16, which provides an excellent grip on any road conditions. The company has also given it a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Sleek and lustrous overall bodyline.
2. Both engines are powerful and gives a reliable performance.
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 reasonably good fuel tank.
1. GPS navigation system can be given as standard.
2. Entry level variant lacks many crucial features.
3. Fuel efficiency is not up to the mark.
4. Minimum turning radius is too high.
5. Maintenance and spares are slightly expensive than its competitors.
|Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT |
|Elegance 1.8 TSI MT |
|Elegance 1.8 TSI AT |