Skoda Superb Facelift Review & Test Drive

Skoda Superb Overview

Skoda is a premium car brand in India and the company has been offering the Superb for its King customers. The Superb had grown old and felt old in front of the competition. But now, Skoda has the new-generation Superb that will break the monotony and add new freshness. We lay our hands on this new Superb and find out if it has the aspects to gain more customers.

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Skoda like that is a little different. Right from their inception, they have been around only towards the luxury end of things. Even the Fabia when launched had luxury features, which were unheard of in a hatchback, and that trend has stayed true till today. The Skoda Superb which is the car in question here, also made its mark by offering luxury and space offered in higher segments at a way lesser price tag. And now after multiple updates, we finally have the all-new Superb, which is all set to raise the benchmark even higher. View offers on Skoda Cars from Skoda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Skoda Superb Style

One of the biggest issues with the last-gen Superb was its design. While it looked elegant, the stretched look made the overall design a little awkward. The new car is anything like its predecessor. Chief Designer, Jozef Kaban has totally transformed the car from something that you would consider buying to something extremely desirable. While it’s got the family design traits from the smaller Octavia, there is no mistaking the proportions. The stretched look is gone and the car now boasts a very cohesive design. Lots of angular contours and dynamic lines give it a sharp look.

The front looks unmistakable Skoda thanks to that moustache grill and those intricately designed angular headlights look fabulous. The side profile give out the car’s huge 2841 mm wheelbase (in comparison a Mercedes-Benz E-Class is marginally longer at 2874 mm) thanks to the large glass area, but still looks extremely proportional.

The 17-inch wheels look fantastic in both Style and L&K trim. The rear too looks fantastic thanks to the interaction between the convex and concave forms, which creates a striking interplay of surface light. The new LED tail lights fit in perfectly too. The lower part of the bumper now gets a faux diffuser and completely hides the exhaust. Overall we love how the new car looks. It’s the right blend of sporty and elegant unlike the last car, which had a way more functional design.

Skoda Superb Space

Comfy. Yes, the Superb’s calling card has always been seat comfort, specifically at the rear where the seats are large and offer good support. The new Superb’s seats are similar to those of the Octavia, but here, they get an extension for greater thigh support, so you are more comfortable, and the cabin is wider as well, which makes the rear feel more roomy and less constrained. And Skoda’s footrests that are attached to the floor with Velcro, work pretty well too. Sitting in the middle at the rear isn’t extremely comfy though. It’s much narrower, the seat is significantly harder, and as always, you are seated a bit higher up, putting you closer to the roof. And then there’s the large central tunnel to contend with.

The rear AC vent blower has its own temperature control, but there’s no blower control and no ‘B’ pillar vents as on the earlier car, so the big cabin does tend to get a bit stuffy unless you adjust the blowers up front correctly. It, however, does get three-zone climate control and the system also has a humidity sensor that prevents the interiors from fogging up. As the Superb is based on VW’s MQB platform, Skoda has used many common parts on the inside, and this does tend to make it feel not so special in a few areas. The design looks a bit too similar to that of the Octavia, the center console, steering wheel and instrument panel are similar and though these bits are attractive in their own right, they don’t always feel special enough to be on this car.

Being a Skoda, there are a few clever touches in the cabin, like the bottle holder that can grip the bottle, allowing you to open the cap. Another feature is the boot release – if the key is on you, all you need to do is place your foot below the bumper (where the sensors are) and the boot swings open. There’s also a system that prevents the tall hatch from fouling garage ceilings (it limits the opening height). The boot itself is a huge 625 litres that can be extended to 1,760 litres with the rear seat-back folded down. And there are other useful features such as a side luggage box, loads of hooks and the option of cargo nets.For Skoda Superb visit origo2000.com 

Skoda Superb Engine

The Skoda Superb comes with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine that churns 178bhp of power and 320Nm of torque for six-speed manual and 250Nm for seven-speed DSG. The second option is 2.0-litre that churns 175bhp of power and 350Nm of peak torque. This comes only with a six-speed DSG.The NVH levels are fairly low as there is a lot of insulation inside. The power of this engine is good and there is sufficient power in these engines to drive in city or even on the highway. Overtaking is a breeze. The L&K variants come with paddle shift that make it easy to change gears. The automatics have sport and tip tronic modes too. Then another driving mode to set your steering wheel, throttle response and transmission in Eco, Dynamic, comfort modes with the last being individual, where the driver can decide and change aspects as per requirement.

You also have the option of a 7-speed DSG gearbox, which gives you the convenience of an automatic but then with this gearbox you get 250 Nm of torque on hand as compared to 320 Nm in the manual. This does show a little when you need the thrust and use the paddles on the steering to downshift and use all the revs because of that slight deficit of torque. But then you do get one of the quickest shifting gearboxes out there. With the DSG variant you also get to choose between different driving modes depending upon the kind of usage. Overall, the 1.8 TSI comes across as a smooth and refined engine that offers very good performance and is decently frugal when you choose to cruise.

Skoda Superb Driving

The Superb is meant for comfort and it does very well on that front. The ride quality is supple and absorbs most undulations with aplomb. The suspension feels extremely taut but never uncomfortably so. Skoda knows how to set up the suspension and it shows. But make no mistake, this isn’t just a straight-line cruiser. We were confronted with a barrage of corners en route Madikeri and the Superb was an absolute blast. Skoda informed that they have a new differential set up which helps vastly to get optimum traction. We can vouch that it works. Even with its generous dimensions the Superb had no problems stitching corners. Body roll is minimum and the car goes through the corners extremely flat. Very impressive!

Skoda Superb Safety

The car gets a five star rating in the Euro NCAP that says enough about the safety standards this car meets. Skoda Superb features include lane assist, adaptive cruise control system, park assist that further extend the safety. You get Skoda’s crew safety system which closes windows and tightens belts if the system detects an imminent dangerous scenario.

Skoda Superb Cost in Hyderabad

Skoda Superb On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 29,81,606 to 38,51,213 for variants Superb Style 1.8 TSI MT and Superb L and K 2.0 TDI AT respectively. Skoda Superb is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Skoda Superb variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Superb price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

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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