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Skoda Superb Overview

The 2016 Skoda Superb is not a mild facelift but a brand new car based on the new MQB platform, just like the new Skoda Octavia. And as you can see, the sharp design makes the new Superb longer and wider; yet more aerodynamic than ever before. What may not be visible is that it’s also almost 20 per cent more powerful, up to 75kg lighter and has improved fuel efficiency.

There are five variants of the 2016 Skoda Superb on offer. The most afforable is the base petrol manual Style variant priced at Rs 22.68 lakh. The petrol automatic comes in two variant – the Style costs Rs 23.91 lakh, while the top-spec L&K carries a price tag of Rs 26.89 lakh. The diesel 2016 Skoda Superb is only offered with an automatic transmission, where the Style comes for Rs 26.39 lakh and top of the line L&K diesel costs Rs 29.36 lakh (all ex-showroom Mumbai).

Comparing the silhouette of the outgoing Superb with the new car, the front overhang has been reduced, the roofline has been given a slight coupe-ish finish and the boot has been stretched by a couple of millimetres. This translates into an even more spacious cabin and a longer wheelbase. The B-pillars are also sleeker and create a larger glass house, adding to the visibility as I drove through the hustling and bustling Mangalore streets.Check for Skoda Superb price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Skoda Superb Look

The Superb is known for its presence and the new generation car has loads of it. Gone are the limousine-like proportions. It’s still a large car but the added width adds a lot of character. The sharp looks have evolved from the VisionC concept and a lot of the concept’s details have been carried forward to the Skoda Superb.

The face gets Skoda’s family grille while the rest of the design only makes the front end look a lot more aggressive than before. The headlamps follow the edgy theme seen in the Octavia but they are sharper and there’s a lot of detailing inside them – like the illuminated eyelash-like pattern and the striking L-shaped DRLs. Skoda says that the lamps draw inspiration from a renowned Bohemian glass cutting technique.

The car is longer than its predecessor while the wheelbase has also increased. However, the more coupe-like roofline, as opposed to a traditional three box-layout, makes the Superb stand out especially when compared to other D-segment cars. The shoulder line runs from the headlamp all the way to the tail lamp and to go with the aggressive styling theme, it’s a lot deeper and prominent at the doors. The Skoda Superb is offered with two alloy wheel designs depending on the variant. Although the Style and L&K variants get 17-inch wheels, the latter gets the more stylish multi-spoke pattern.

The rear end gets large split lamps that feature a neat looking C-shaped pattern. The tail lamps extend onto the bootlid and the angular shape follows the Skoda design signature seen in all of its siblings. All Superb variants also get an electric panorama sunroof as standard. Gone is the rotary knob to control it, and in its place is a push/pull switch, which is easier to use.

Skoda Superb Comfort

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.

Skoda Superb Gearbox

The 2016 Skoda Superb is offered with two engine and transmission options like its predecessor. The 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI engines have been updated though. While the diesel is only available with a 6-speed DSG, the petrol gets either a 7-speed DSG or a 6-speed manual transmission depending on the variant. The 2.0 TDI produces 177PS between 3,600rpm and 4,000rpm while peak torque is a healthy 350Nm available from as low as 1,500rpm. The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency is 18.19kmpl .For more details on Skoda Superb  check Resultmag

The 1.8 TSI motor produces 180PS from 4,000rpm to 6,200rpm in the manual while the DSG-equipped petrol produces the same power at a higher range between 5,100rpm to 6,200rpm. Interestingly, the manual model produces higher torque than the DSG-equipped Superb (320Nm compared to 250Nm). ARAI claimed efficiency is 14.12kmpl and 14.67kmpl for the petrol MT and AT respectively.Driving the diesel variant first, which we think will be more in demand. The updated engine is a more silent than before and when inside the car, is barely audible. NVH levels have improved a great deal too.

There’s ample power and torque through the rev range and the car is a delight to drive on the highway as well as crowded cities. Turbo lag is minimal and the power delivery is seamless. There are various drive modes too – Eco, Normal and Sport (only in the L&K trim). Sport mode uses a map that’s a lot more aggressive and isn’t as better suited in town and for highway cruising as the Eco or Normal modes.

There’s also an Individual mode that let’s one customize the steering weight, engine map and other functions. The 6-speed DSG offers smooth and quick shifts but in automatic mode, the system takes a while to detect before downshifting. This can be annoying at times. Driving up the twisty uphill sections to Coorg, there were times when the transmission refused to downshift for a few seconds despite full throttle input.

The TSI variant we tested was a Style variant featuring a 6-speed manual. The turbo petrol motor feels a lot more eager and is more involving to drive than the diesel. Triple digit speeds come in no time and it’s a delight to shoot from one traffic light to another or on the highway. The manual transmission and the TSI motor work well together. Lot of petrolheads in India swear by the 1.8 TSI so despite the Superb being luxury focused, it’s still entertaining behind the wheel. The motor is very refined and better engine insulation only improves NVH levels.

The Superb has always focused on ride over handling but the new model does both quite well. Being based on the MQB platform, the chassis is more rigid and light at the same time. This, along with a multi-link rear suspension, adds to the dynamics. For a car with a large footprint, the Superb diesel is quite lightweight (1,565kg). A wider track and sticky Hankook Ventus Prime tyres also add to the grip.

Skoda Superb Driving

The Superb has always focused on ride over handling but the new model does both quite well. Being based on the MQB platform, the chassis is more rigid and light at the same time. This, along with a multi-link rear suspension, adds to the dynamics. For a car with a large footprint, the Superb diesel is quite lightweight (1,565kg). A wider track and sticky Hankook Ventus Prime tyres also add to the grip.

The steering weight can be adjusted but it is still quite light to operate even when it is weighted up. It isn’t a downer and in fact comes handy driving through town and over long distances. It is precise, although it could have been slightly more involving. The Skoda Superb overall offers neutral handling and surprisingly doesn’t feel like a large car to drive. Ride quality is impressive too with the suspension tuned for India and set more on the softer side. Body roll is controlled while high-speed stability is quite good. The tyres make a difference and we are glad that the Hankooks are softer and stickier compared to the Goodyears offered in the previous Superb and new Octavia.

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 Bangalore

Skoda Superb On Road Price is 38,78,523/- and Ex-showroom Price is 30,99,000/- in Bangalore. Skoda Superb comes in 6 colours, namely Magic Black,Magnetic Brown,Amethyst Royal,Candy White,Rosso Brunello,Lava Blue. Skoda Superb comes with FWD with 1798 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 178 bhp@4000-6200 rpm and Peak Torque 320 Nm@1450-3900 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at Electro-Mechanic Power Steering . Skoda Superb comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Skoda Superb Final Thought

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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