Skoda Motors has upped its game once again by launching the latest version of its flagship sedan, Superb. Skoda Superb 2016 is bigger, lighter and definitely better. It is armed with revised petrol and diesel engine and also new suspension components. This third generation model is here to woo you with its evolved design and segment shattering features.
Skoda Superb 2016 Overview
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The Czech carmaker recently launched the facelifted Skoda Superb in India at an official ceremony in Mumbai, giving Auto Expo a miss. The car was first unveiled at Prague in 2015.
Skoda Motors has seen an impressive run in India with models like Octavia, Fabia and Rapid winning the hearts of the buyers. Superb is also a hot selling product from the company and the new edition of this sedan is expected to cash in on the currently booming Indian auto industry.
Mind you, this is not just an updated version but a brand new car that is based on the MQB platform similar to Skoda Octavia. It is more aerodynamic in this new avatar and also 28 mm longer and 47 mm wider. It has shed 75 Kg weight and the company claims it to be 205 more powerful than its predecessor. It is also more feature-laden than ever before. Improved fuel efficiency comes as the icing on the cake.
It is spirited by a 1.8-litre, TSI petrol engine that oozes 180PS of power along with 320Nm of peak torque. Cheap running costs of the car just add to its desirability.
Talking about the car, Skoda Auto Member of the Board, Sales, and Marketing, Werner Eichhorn said, “The new Superb is the flagship of Skoda’s model range, and demonstrates the brand’s expertise in design and engineering”
Skoda Superb 2016 Specifications
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Skoda Superb specs for petrol engine:
|1.8-litre TSI petrol||6-speed manual/7-speed DSG automatic||180 PS||320/250 Nm (for manual and automatic version respectively)|
|0-100kmph||Top Speed||Body Style||Mileage (manual/automatic)|
|5.8 seconds||250kmph||5 door saloon||14.12 kmpl / 14.67 kmpl|
Skoda Superb specs for diesel engine:
|2.0-litre TDI CR Diesel||6-speed DSG automatic||177 PS||350 Nm|
|0-100kmph||Top Speed||Body Style||Mileage|
|8 seconds||235kmph||5 door saloon||18 kmpl|
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Skoda Superb price starts at Rs. 22.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and goes up to Rs. 26.89 lakh. On the other hand, the diesel models fall in the price range of Rs. 26.39 lakh to Rs. 29.37 lakh. Skoda Superb price is competitive and it offers excellent value for your hard-earned bucks.
Here is the price list for different variants of the car in India:
|1.8 TSI Petrol Style MT||INR 22.68 lakh|
|1.8 TSI Petrol Style AT||INR 23.92 lakh|
|1.8 TSI Petrol L&K AT||INR 26.89 lakh|
|2.0 TDI Diesel Style AT||INR 26.39 lakh|
|2.0 TDI Diesel L&K AT||INR 29.37 lakh|
Performance of New Skoda Superb
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The petrol engine of Skoda Superb 2016 is punchy and offers lag free power delivery. The refinement of the engine is definitely better than its predecessor. The diesel engine also strikes a good balance between performance and economy.
It offers three settings – Comfort, Sport and Normal to suit any driving sensibilities. The car is agile, nimble and responsive, all at once. The suspension system consisting of McPherson Strut at the front and Multi-link at the rear offers good body control and lets the car glide over bumps and potholes easily. The slick-to-use gearbox offers absolute control by promoting seamless shifting of gears. The quality of ride is the next area that surprises after the enormous interior.
New Skoda Superb Exterior
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Skoda Superb 2016 gets a fresh, modern and sophisticated look. It picks design cues from Octavia and is based on the latest deign language of the company – the Vision C Concept. The car is based on Volkswagen group’s MQB platform similar to VW Passat and Audi A3. It looks more premium with sharper edges and angular surfaces. Compared to its previous version, its boot has been stretched by a couple of millimeters, the overhang has been reduced and the roofline now gets a slightly coup-ish feel.
The front profile of the car looks elegant with big sharp bi-xenon headlamps that incorporate LED Daytime Running Lights, massive signature butterfly grille and a long bonnet. From the sides, the car appears like a big glasshouse given the sleek B pillars. The sloping roofline lends it a coupe-like appearance and the edgy wheel arches emphasize its elegance further. All the trims of the car get 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. The rear also looks better with a new tail gate and LED tail lamps.
There is a constrained use of chrome elements to highlight the sophisticated feel of the exterior. The road presence of the car is comparable to luxury German sedans. It can safely be concluded to be the best crafted models from the carmaker.
Skoda Superb 2016 Interiors
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This beauty borrows much of its interior design clues from its sibling Octavia. The cabin is simple yet classy. The quality of the materials used is top-notch and the general cabin ambience has improved considerably. The dashboard has been laid out thought-fully with most of the controls being easily reachable. The fit and the finish is top grade.
To say Superb is spacious on the inside would be an understatement. It gets truly cavernous interiors that are airy and take the comfort factor to the next level. Head room, shoulder room and legroom is commendable, both at the front and at the rear. The rear is particularly spacious and three persons can sit together comfortably. The class leading boot area of 625 litres gets even bigger at 1760 litres with the rear seats down. For the complete comfort of the passengers, Skoda Superb offers features such as 12-way electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seat, driver seat with three programmable memory functions, and electric lumbar and height adjustment for front seats. The Stone Beige leather seat upholstery ups the luxury factor further. It has a 6.5 inch LCD TFT color display as well.
The interior also carries clever features like umbrella stored in spaces in the door and nets on the front seats for storage. It also offers a grippy cup holder in the front, a Jumbo Box between the front seats with a tablet holder and cargo fasteners in the boot area.
Skoda Superb 2016 Features
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If you think the old Skoda Superb was brimming with features, then 2016 edition certainly overflows as far as features are concerned. The top trims of Superb are armed with up-to-date features like rear camera, automatic gearbox, electrically adjustable front passenger seat, integrated high speed internet connection, perforated and cooled seats, virtual pedal for contactless opening of the boot lid and a Boss button to electrically move the front passenger’s seat from behind.
A new feature of the car called Virtual Pedal offers contactless opening of the boot lid. The user has to simply wave his foot under the bonnet and the sensor on the rear part of the bumper signals the opening of the boot.
Also on the list are features like three zone climate control, keyless entry/start and exit system, ESP, ABS, panoramic sunroof, leather wrapped multi-functional steering, CANTON audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay and eight airbags. It also gets the adaptive Dynamic Chassis (DCC) including the Driving Mode Select. The Smartphone integration feature of the car allows certain vehicle data to be accessed on the Smartphone of the user.
Skoda Superb 2016 Safety Features
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The saloon boasts of a number of advanced safety features like eight airbags with optional rear sidebag, rear parking sensors, fatigue detection system, Hill-Hold Control, Emergency Braking System, advanced electronic differential lock function, electronic Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Stability Control with Multi Collisions Brake and Anti-Lock Braking system. It is also equipped with a large number of crash prevention systems along with Adaptive Frontlight System. The latter improves the safety by optimizing illumination in all kinds of traffic situations.
New Skoda Superb Competitors
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Skoda Superb 2016 will continue to lock horns with players like Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Audi A3 will also offer stiff competition to Skoda Superb 2016 as its price starts at Rs. 22.95 lakh which is close to that of Skoda Superb.
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Skoda Superb 2016 shines through in areas like interior space, ride quality, styling and refinement. Skoda Superb specs are impressive and it is hard not be to be impressed by this beauty. It promises luxury and delivers it too without burdening the pocket. With no visible chinks in its armour, it clearly lives up to its name!