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. Exchange your old car for Superb
DESIGN AND STYLING ‘;
Skoda’s design language has evolved over time but their mantra remains the same – simple yet elegant. The new Superb just takes your breath away with its sharp, minimalistic and premium styling. One look at it and you might mistake it as a premium luxury branded German if you hide the logo. The projector headlights get great crystal like detailing, the signature grille dominates the front profile while the muscular bonnet is seamlessly designed into the body. The front bumper gets sharp styled foglamps with a chrome line.
The new Superb is longer and wider than the outgoing car and that is evident from the side profile, it looks huge but not bulky. There is a sharp and strong crease running across the shoulder line while the roofline smoothly flows down towards the end. We were driving the L&K variant which has these spectacular looking multi-spoke 17-inch alloys while the lower variants get chunky 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. Similar LED detailing has been given to the tail lamps that look sharp and neat. Overall, the design is very well proportioned unlike the previous Superb that had inconsistent proportions. Styling is subjective but it is currently the best looking car in its segment or even some segments above.
We’re used to modern Skodas having classy cabins, but there are usually subtle signs of economising. Not the Superb, though. The squeezable padding extends to the glovebox lid and its surroundings, and there’s a flock-lined, drop-down storage box by the driver’s knee.
Other standard niceties on this Elegance version include leather trim, dual-zone automatic air-con, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, a touch-screen stereo with built-in six-CD player and a built-in umbrella, plus drainage system, in the left-hand rear door.
Finding a comfortable driving position is easy, and it stays comfortable over a distance. Your rear passengers, meanwhile, can luxuriate with a good view forward, thanks to a high-mounted seat and a fine surplus of foot room.
Behind the foldable rear seat is a boot space seemingly big enough for a small wardrobe, but a high loading sill stops the Superb from being an estate car in the wrong-shaped body.
You open the bootlid with a normal catch. To its right is a similar catch; squeeze it until the high-level brake light flashes, then pull upwards to open the entire tailgate. It’s clever, but for us the simple, better-looking and even more voluminous estate is the model to go for.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
The 2014 Superb remains the same under the skin and that includes what’s under the bonnet. So, the engines that are going to be unaltered and carried forward into the new, facelifted model are the 1,798cc TSI petrol and the 1,968cc TDI diesel engines only. The V6 is gone, along with the four-wheel drive option. But the decision to retain the two smaller, 4-cylinder engines in the same state of tune and to drop the V6 option must be due to a mix of customer feedback and demand patterns.
The same state of tune also means that the 1.8-litre petrol engine puts out 160PS of peak power and 250Nm of torque, while the 2-litre diesel mill manages the same 140PS of power and 320Nm of torque. The petrol is offered with either the 6-speed manual or the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and the diesel engine is offered only with the 6-speed DSG transmission.
RIDE AND HANDLING
;The Superb was always a good handling car and now, even more so. Along with the four wheel drive system comes a set of larger 17-inch diameter wheels which make this car even sweeter to drive. Steering is precise and she’ll just rocket away where you’re pointing her at. If you want to have a little bit more fun, then there’s always the ESP Off switch located beside the gear stalk. Tyres on the Superb are rather low profile, but they don’t compromise on ride quality either. Overall, a great suspension setup and well-matched tyres compliment the four wheel drive system beautifully well to make for one of the sweetest handling cars in its segment.
Skoda has done no compromise in terms of safety as you get top notch equipment with the new Superb. The list is long and here it is – 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold Control, multi-collision brake, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, traction control system, electronic stability control and more. Skoda after sales service has been controversial in India but according to the carmaker, they have improved a lot in terms of turn around time, spare part costs, customer satisfaction after the launch of the new Octavia. The Czech carmaker says customer satisfaction level has gone up in the recent past and they are working hard to get everything right when it comes to after sales.
The Skoda Superb is one of the best luxury Sedans in the segment with rear seat comfort, drive quality and it’sup market build quality. Even though there are some features are missing but the basic USP that of comfort, quality and brand values have been fully retained on the Skoda Superb Ambition.
The Skoda Superb Ambition Petrol starts at Rs. 18.27lakhs and the Diesel version of the Superb Ambition TDI Automatic that we tested priced at Rs. 22.84lakhs Ex Showroom Mumbai surely making the competition stiffer with its rivals.
The Superb definitely excels in every department that the chauffer-driven customers consider. It is spacious, comes with loads of creature comforts. The Skoda Superb diesel is undoubtedly the car we’ll put our money on if we were to choose a diesel car in the Rs 20-25 lakh bracket