Skoda Superb was always known for its understated elegance and superior comfort. The new Skoda Superb unveiled in 2015, ups the ante further. The car has undergone a complete transformation and has become sharper, crisper and bolder. The new Superb is based on Skoda’s new MQB platform. We take the 2016 Skoda Superb variants for a detailed test review.
Skoda Superb - Styling
Sharp and crisp head lights housing halogens or bi-xenon projectors (depending on the variant) with crystal elements inside and a sharp cut accent just below it gives the car a meaner but elegant look. The piano finished grill with thin strips of chrome gives the car the Skoda family look. We simply loved the way the bonnet shut line just falls onto the sides. The tornado lines which runs right from the front to the rear gives a clean side profile maintaining the total classiness of the package.
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The rear end also carries Skoda’s hallmark understated elegance with a pair of half arrow shaped rear lamps with crystal elements inside. And for much of our relief Skoda has added very less chrome and the rear is completely devoid of any. The sharp ORVMs houses turn indicators and the puddle lamps. The alloys are 17 inches with a crisp 10-spoke Helios design. The lower ‘Style’ variant gets a 5-spoke Stratos design alloy setup. Overall the car has a planted, dynamic and sharp stance. However, there is a downer, it takes a sharp eye to differentiate it from the Octavia at a glance.
Skoda Superb - Interiors
Skoda Superb is always known for its interior space and especially the comfortable and spacious rear seats. This new version is more spacious than the predecessor with better thigh support and more width. No car gives the sheer comfort that the Superb offers, not only in this price range but also many cars double its price. The wheelbase is 80 cm longer than the outgoing model resulting in added rear and front legroom for the occupants. The rear occupants get dedicated AC vents with temperature control sans the option to control the fan speed. The vents on the B-pillars are missing on the new model, though. The similarity with the Octavia continues into the interiors as well. The dash design also resembles in many ways that seen on the Octavia.
The dash has a sharper design language with comparatively lesser wood trim compared to the older model. The materials used are of top-notch quality and feel definitely premium. There is a thin line of ambient light running across the dashboard (you can set it to green, white or blue). The steering wheel is carried over from the 2014 model and is both rake and reach adjustable. The instrument console looks elegant and simple. Yes, Skoda has not forgotten to include two umbrellas stashed inside the front door panels. Skoda could have used a little more faux wood and dull silver elements to brighten up and more importantly to exude an upmarket feel to the interiors.
The car comes with a cavernous 625 Liter boot which can be further extended to 1760 liters just by folding the rear seats. The car has a virtual pedal to open the boot, just by swiping the leg below it.
Skoda Superb- Engines & On the Road Performance
Skoda offers the Superb with two engine options and three transmission options:
- 2.0 Liter TDI Diesel Engine with 6-Speed DSG Automatic with Tiptronic gear shift.
- 1.8 Liter TSI Petrol Engine with 6-Speed Manual and 7-Speed DSG Automatic with Tiptronic gear shift.
The TDI diesel dispenses a commendable peak power of 177 PS @ 3600-4000 rpm and 320 Nm torque @ 1500-3500 rpm whereas the TSI manual generates a slightly higher 180 PS peak power at 4000-6200 rpm and a lower torque of 250 Nm @ 1450-3900 rpm. Interestingly, the TSI with the DSG transmission makes a much higher 320 Nm torque @ 1250-5000 rpm. The diesel gives a mileage of around 17 Kmpl on the highway and 12.5 Kmpl in typical city conditions. The manual petrol offers 14 Kmpl on the highway runs and 11 Kmpl in the city. The TSI DSG is slightly lower on fuel efficiency when compared to the petrol manual.
The silky smooth petrol is a highly refined motor. The refinement encourages the driver to revv it more up the revv range. The DSG known for its quicker shifts than the conventional automatics, however, has a resistance to downshift quickly, whereas the upshifts are pretty fast. The 6-Speed DSG automatic equipped TDI is a highly responsive diesel motor. The car has a meaty mid-range with oodles of torque and the turbo lag is virtually non-existent. Both the engines catapults the car and make them great highway cruisers.
Skoda Superb - Handling Ride Comfort
The car comes with an India-specific suspension (read a stronger setup than the European version to handle the Indian road conditions).The suspension is set more towards giving a comfortable ride rather than to offer razor sharp handling. The car has a fair amount of body roll when corners are attacked at high speeds. The car has an impeccable straight line stability which exudes a lot of confidence to the driver even at trip digit speeds.
Skoda Superb - Pricing
The car is priced at the Rs. 23.83 Lakhs – Rs. 30.9 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) price bracket, variants starting with the base Style variant to the top of the line Laurin & Klement (L&K) variant. For the features, space and the range of engines offered, it is a good value for money car.
We hardly could find fault with this spotless piece of an automobile from the Czech car making company. Marvelous styling, well finished and spacious interiors, excellent engines and impeccable rear seat comfort makes it a flawless package. And more importantly, this car offers a lot more comfort than most of the cars double its price tag.