February 23, 2016: Skoda India has launched the next generation Superb sedan at Rs. 22.68 lac (ex-showroom Mumbai). The new Superb is already running in the European markets and now its time for the Indian car enthusiasts to put their hands over the new luxury loaded car. The new version incorporates several aesthetic changes with refreshed outer profile and an array of premium features inside the cabin. The new Superb has already got 5-star rating in Euro NCAP, keeping intact the brand's safety values and commitments intact. In terms of powertrains, it gets 1.8 litre petrol and 2.0 litre diesel engines, mated to 6-speed manual or DSG automatic, depending upon the variant.
| Style 2.0 TDI AT
1968 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 18.19 kmpl
| L&K 2.0 TDI AT
1968 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 18.19 kmpl
| Style 1.8 TSI MT
1798 cc, Manual, Petrol, 14.12 kmpl
| Style 1.8 TSI AT
1798 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 14.67 kmpl
| L&K 1.8 TSI AT
1798 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 14.67 kmpl
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|Style 2.0 TDI AT||Diesel||15.02 kmpl||18.19 kmpl||Automatic||1968cc
||174.5bhp @ 3600-4000rpm|
|L&K 2.0 TDI AT||15.02 kmpl||18.19 kmpl||Automatic||1968cc
||174.5bhp @ 3600-4000|
|Style 1.8 TSI MT||Petrol||10.91 kmpl||14.12 kmpl||Manual||1798cc
||177.46bhp @ 4000-6200rpm|
|Style 1.8 TSI AT||11.03 kmpl||14.67 kmpl||Automatic||1798cc
||177.46bhp @ 5100-6200rpm|
|L&K 1.8 TSI AT||11.03 kmpl||14.67 kmpl||Automatic||1798cc
||177.46bhp @ 5100-6200|
The Indian auto market has witnessed rapid expansion over the past few years. Brands like Skoda have capitalised on rising demand from the masses and reaped rich rewards. And standing out in the brand's portfolio is its distinctive saloon, the Skoda Superb. This is one of those vehicles that you're likely to glimpse every now and then, a model that seems to combine old school designing with a more modern edge. Now, its new version has been set loose on Indian soil and this has got the media abuzz. The new generation Superb brings fresh design to the model along with great interiors and features. Whether or not it keeps afloat with the current trend is what we're here to decide.
The 3rd-Gen Superb brings a more progressive face of the vehicle out, with a sharper look that we thought went perfectly with the image. It is upgraded with new 3D headlamps, a wider air dam at the bottom and horizontal LED fog lamps that compliment the frontage. Coming to the interior, we thought there was a striking similarity with the cabin of the Volkswagen Passat, a close competitor of this model. Passengers are sure to get a feel of added space in this vehicle, a result of its longer wheelbase. The new version boasts some pretty engaging features, including a Touchscreen Infotainment system among many others. In place of the old ‘Elegance’ variant, this model comes with two brand new trim levels, Style and L&K. Coming to a more raw facet, the vehicle hosts the same 1.8-litre petrol engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine, both of which have been up-tuned for more power output.
1. Its comfort features are sure to dazzle anyone.
2. The outer profile is a definite head-turner.
1. Fuel economy of the petrol engine is sub-par.
2. The interiors lack substantial changes.
1. The new version comes with a 6.5 inch colour touchscreen Infotainment system, and this is a definite bonus.
2. The 2.0-litre diesel engine makes for strong performance.
The 3rd-Gen Superb brings a more progressive face of the vehicle out, with a sharper look that we thought went perfectly with the image. It is upgraded with new 3D headlamps, a wider air dam at the bottom and horizontal LED fog lamps that compliment the frontage. Coming to the interior, we thought there was a striking similarity with the cabin of the Volkswagen Passat, a close competitor of this model. Passengers are sure to get a feel of added space in this vehicle, a product of its longer wheelbase. The new version boasts some pretty engaging features, including a Touchscreen Infotainment system among many others. In place of the old ‘Elegance’ variant, this model comes with two brand new trim levels, Style and L&K. Coming to a more raw facet, the vehicle hosts the same 1.8-litre petrol engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine, both of which have been up-tuned for more power output.
The new Superb comes with some noticeable exterior changes, and it's clear that the company wishes to build upon the genuine look of this machine. Most people would be able to trace a sporty character in its low and dynamic shape. Rich design elements further boost the look, with chrome labels and sharp body lines complementing the overall form.
At the front, its signature butterfly grille remains the same, with a chrome surround further enhancing the image. On either side, the sharp 3D headlamps blend into the front perfectly, and we thought they sent out a more aggressive statement.
This version’s bumper has a renewed, sporty look and the wider air dam at the bottom felt good for the overall picture. The new Superb comes with horizontal, LED Fog lamps by the skirts.
If you look closely, you're sure to spot a chrome strip at the lower end of the air dam, and we thought this sets up a more vibrant aura for the vehicle. Meanwhile, the wide bonnet adds a muscular theme to the look, with serene lines that bring a more energetic persona to the front.
The gentle metallic skin blankets over the wheel arches, adding a touch of prominence to the region. Polished curves and clean lines bring a more powerful, sweeping look to the vehicle’s side profile.
The company basks in the Indian people's love for chrome, with chrome side door strips and chrome side window frames that would delight most people. For this new edition, the 17-inch alloy wheels invite a more graceful look and you're sure to love the well sculpted rims.
A more animated picture is created by the body coloured door handles and mirrors. When you take a look at the side of the vehicle, you're sure to feel the dynamism of its well balanced design. More bulk is added to the rear, with the roofline tapering down gently towards the boot. We thought that the sporty charisma of the machine was marvellous.
The tail-lamps broaden outside of the boot, giving the rear region a more invigorated look. The boot lid has a refined chrome strip and we thought it was the perfect finish for the vehicle's look.
The cabin made a mark in our minds with its well spread, rich taste, along with the presence of numerous comfort aids. Much of the inside remains the same, but the new version exudes a more spacious feeling as a result of a longer wheelbase. We thought that the colour scheme was just right, wrapping the space in a more holistic aura that is sure to appease anyone.
The upper side of the dashboard is furnished with a wood design décor that brings a more enriched quality to the space. At the centre, the 6.5-inch LCD TFT display invites a more sophisticated air into the cabin, with the buttons propped on either side of the screen for ease of usage. The Infotainment system is a new feature of this edition, and it is sure to delight pretty much anyone who steps into this place.
Incorporated below this is a dual zone AC system, which comes along with 2 individual knobs for adjusting the temperature control. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, with a sporty design that we did admire. Steering controls have been integrated by the side of the wheel, with paddle shift behind the wheel.
Inlays of wood embrace the door-sides as well, boosting the plush layout of the vehicle. The interior door handles have been lavished in chrome, while chrome door sills at the front and rear come along with the 'Superb' inscription for a more distinctive effect.
The well structured seats relieve you of most discomforts you'd face in other vehicles, and the presence of headrests is an added bonus.
Legroom was decent at the front as well as the rear, but if you're accustomed to larger and more lavishly laid vehicles, then you might have problems stretching out in here. Nevertheless, large and bulky members of our team had little issues during the ride.
All of the seats are dressed in lavish Nappa leather and we thought that this particular factor stood out among any other in the ride.
For the diesel version, the company has used the same 2.0-litre TDI mill, but attuned to pump out more power and torque. This 1968cc oil burner has a turbocharger as well as a liquid cooling system. A high-pressure direct injection system ensures smooth transfer of fuel. It is now capable of pumping out 174.5bhp of power at between 3600-4000rpm and a torque of 350Nm between 1500rpm to 3500rpm. It comes with the same cylinder configuration like earlier with 4 cylinders and 16 valves incorporated together through the double overhead camshaft arrangement. Shifting is made much easier with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, and we're sure most drivers would enjoy the overall experience. As a result improvements, the train now puts out a mileage of 18.19kmpl, infusing a degree of fuel economy into the drive as well.
The petrol variants too get an improved 1.8-litre TSI engine that displaces 1798cc. It is now capable of producing a power of 177.46bhp between 5100-6200rpm along with a torque of 250Nm at 1250rpm to 5000rpm for the automatic version and 320Nm at 1450rpm to 3900rpm for the manual version. A turbocharger, a liquid cooling system and a direct fuel injection system together help to bolster the working of the engine. Like its diesel counterpart, it also gets a 4-cylinder configuration with same double overhead camshaft arrangement. The petrol engine can be opted to come with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The petrol engine falls behind with regard to fuel economy, with a rather weak mileage value of 14.67kmpl for automatic and 14.12kmpl for the manual, which many people might find below par.
Ride and Handling:
The new edition retains the same braking and suspension systems. Altogether, you might find the overall ride quality to be more pleasant than today's mainstream releases. Regular road hassles, including pot-holes, are easily digested by the car's inner dynamics. Nevertheless, you're not going to be spared jitters in some of the country's more ruthless road formats, but otherwise ride condition was good. The front axle of the chassis is rigged with a McPherson strut. The presence of a torsion stabiliser and lower triangular links helps keep the ride calm. The rear axle has been compounded with a multi-element axle that also comes with a torsion stabiliser. Along with this, a longitudinal and three transverse links further elevate the ride comfort. As for the braking capacity, we had no problems pushing the vehicle through tight turns and tense corners, and stopping distance was also easily achieved. The hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system comes along with vacuum assist and a dual rate system. Disc brakes have been clamped onto all wheels, with the front brakes also getting inner cooling and a single piston floating caliper.
The new edition comes with parking sensors that helps reversing easier and flawless. Apart from this, we found the safety area to be nearly impeccable, with a broad range of security features that touch nearly every aspect of the ride. Anti-lock braking system, Electronic brake force distribution system, Mechanical brake assist, Hydraulic brake assist, Anti slip regulation and many other drive programs help to seal control and stability when driving. A robust airbag system shields the occupants, including dual front airbags, curtain airbags and side airbags. We thought that the restraint system was also up to the mark, with the presence of pretensioners and active front head restraints. Apart from all this, the dynamic lighting system helps to prevent mishaps. It includes an adaptive front-light system, Bi-Xenon headlamps that come along with headlamp levelling function, fog lamps that come along with a cornering function and warning indicators on all doors.
There are two trim levels in the model series, Style and L&K. There are features shared by both trim levels and features unique to each of them as well. Style comes with some exclusive features, such as a chrome door sill with ‘Superb Inscription’, Stone Beige leather upholstery and Helios alloy wheels that grant a more distinctive outer look. On the inside, this variant gets an eight speaker audio system and a MaxiDot multi-function that displays travelling time, fuel consumption, distance travelled, average speed, etc. Meanwhile, the higher end L&K trim comes with many exclusive features, such as a fatigue detection driver assist, 12-way adjustable front passenger seat, a 12-speaker Canton sound system, a tyre pressure monitoring system, a 3-zone climatronic temperature control, air conditioned front seats, an electronically controlled 5th door.
With the new edition of Skoda Superb, the industry gets a new benchmark to strive towards. This is a car with great promise and we thought that the company has done a great job giving it a new and refreshed aura altogether. The Superb’s spacious set-up, excess of comfort features, its strong safety sector and its glamorous exterior cover together are sure to go well with customers. However, it does have some let-downs as well: Its hefty price tag and its engine performance would certainly ward off those looking for some real fervour in the ride. At the end of the day, the Superb is for you if you're looking for a moderately comfortable driving experience. Meanwhile, for the thriftier lot and for those looking for an over-the-top ride experience, we'd recommend something else.
|Variants||New Delhi||Bangalore||Mumbai||Chennai||Pune||Hyderabad||Kolkata||Find On Road Price in Your City|
|Style 2.0 TDI AT |
|L&K 2.0 TDI AT |
|Style 1.8 TSI MT |
|Style 1.8 TSI AT |
|L&K 1.8 TSI AT |
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