Skoda Superb Hatchback Review & Test Drive

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Skoda Superb Overview

The 2020 Skoda Superb facelift is expected to launch in the second quarter of the next calendar year and the Czech carmaker is also evaluating the prospects of bringing in the plug-in hybrid variant for the Indian market. In terms of design, the 2020 Skoda Superb remains largely similar to the current model, save for the tweaked bumpers. The new bumpers have marginally added to its length, by 8 mm to 4,869 mm. However, its other dimensions remain unchanged. That said, the new Superb will be offered with some updated fitments. It gets sleek all-LED headlights along with daytime running lights and new position lights which now are stacked closer to the grille.

It also gets 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheels and the colours Crystal Black and Race Blue have been added to the range of customisation options. On the inside, there are new chrome highlights on the instrument panel and door trims and the seat covers on the Ambition and Style variants are new as well. The Virtual Cockpit is optional and buyers can choose from three different infotainment systems, two of which also offer a navigation function. In the global market, the SmartLink technology comes as standard for all of the systems and enables access to smartphone apps via the infotainment system’s display. A SIM card provides Internet access, a Wi-Fi hotspot and access to the Skoda Connect mobile online services. The L&K version is fitted with a Canton sound system as standard.Check for Skoda Superb price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

The plug-in-hybrid variant uses the 1.4-Litre TSI petrol engine which we have seen in the Audi A4 and it will be coupled with an electric motor to churn out 215 bhp in amalgamation. The all-electric range is up to 55 km and up to 850 km can be covered when combined with the petrol engine. The hybrid powertrain uses a lithium-ion high-voltage battery which is positioned in the chassis floor in front of the rear axle. Skoda offers the Superb with a range of engine and transmission options to choose from. However, the other two options which are likely to be on sale in India are the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines. All the three powertrains are expected to be mated to the seven-speed DSG gearbox and will be BS6 complaint since they will launch after the emission norms will kick in.

Skoda Superb Style

Extensively redesigned now, the Skoda Superb is sharper to look at. It’s based on the vision C concept showcased at the Geneva motor show 2014 and does not depart much from the concept style. The saloon feels big enough to take on the likes of BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and almost indistinguishable from the old car.

The modern looking grille along with the completely new headlamps and taillights appear totally in line with the new design theme that we earlier saw on the Skoda Octavia. The car is based on the modular MQB platform and weighs 75kg less than the car it replaces. The list of Skoda Superb colours on offer includes Candy White, Magnetic Brown Metallic, Black Magic Pearl Effect and Business Grey Metallic.

Skoda Superb Space

The car seen elsewhere in the world utilises an all-black scheme for interiors with minimum amount of chrome (comparing with the earlier car). The Indian version however employs a beige and black scheme along with beige leather combination. There’s an ambient lightening control to match your mood and driving style.The car would wrap you in luxury like none other and is extremely well kitted. There are clever spaces everywhere, the most impressive one being the Rolls-Royce inspired brolly in the door, nicely hidden at the driver’s side. All passengers get tons of space, the rear seats can be folded to reveal 1760-litres of boot space.To know more importance on Skoda Superb  check Resultmag

All latest gadgetry like MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and park assist, 6.5-inch touchscreen Sat-Nav system and driving modes make it into the top variant of the car.

Skoda Superb Gearbox

At the heart of the Superb is a 1.8-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. While we got to sample only the 177bhp churning petrol version and might I say it’s eager and willing and comfortable too. It soaks up all the undulations and though it also comes with a ‘smart’ differential for the front wheels, the softness of the suspension doesn’t really make it stand out. That said, the ride quality cannot be faulted and though it’s the ‘Made-for-Indian-roads’ version, the ride quality is absolutely sublime. The petrol version is made available with both the manual and the 7-speed DSG while the diesel is only available with a DSG box.

The DSG is one such gearbox that puts the fun in driving an automatic and there are many examples of it in the market now. There was no doubt that the Superb won’t be available in it and that’s what makes all the difference. While wading through traffic around the roads of Mangalore, it does a great job of just making you relax and take you through the mundaneness of it all. While the 4 cylinders murmur in such conditions, they start to sing when you put your foot down.

There’s 250Nm of torque available from as low as 1250rpm and the 7-speed DSG helps you use every bit of it to your advantage. If you’re the kind of person who wants to take matters into his/her own hands, well, you have the Tiptronic for manual gear changes but then again, if you are a paddle shifters kind of person, there’s that too. There might be a millisecond of a delay in changing gears but clearly, I don’t want to complain and then be called petty minded. Gear changes are snappy and your fingers start working their way through them like a musician on a fiddle.

For the gearbox, your command is like an order from the king which has to be adhered to. The interesting part about this is that there is hardly any electronic intervention and the auto box will let you rev and push the needle over the redline till about 6500rpm. Sometimes it just makes you happy that the electronics don’t take you to be a moron and this car just lets you do what you want and probably, like a patient parent, says “Give him some time, he’ll learn.”

Skoda Superb Driving

According to the Skoda Superb reviews the car exceeds expectations in terms of performance and the wide range of engines on offer makes it an overall very attractive flexible package on offer. The handling of the Skoda Superb 2016 is not its strongest area but driving modes available does offer some level of support in the ride and handling department and make it quite flexible in that area.

Skoda Superb Safety

The Skoda Superb has 6 airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), Electronic Stability Control, electronic differential lock, reverse parking sensors and other features standard across the product portfolio.

Skoda Superb Cost in Hyderabad

Skoda Superb On Road Price is 36,97,106/- and Ex-showroom Price is 30,99,000/- in Hyderabad. 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

The car’s the best value for money package on offer out there. Has a traditional rock solid build quality. Buy the car lest you wish to complain that you are not being pampered too much.The Skoda Superb variants are available in Style and L&K trims, we consider the Style automatic the best value for money package regardless of the engine that you wish to go for.

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