The Skoda Superb is a family luxury car, manufactured by Czech auto company, Skoda. The current lineup of Skoda Superb available in India is the car's second generation avatar. You can tell a luxury car with its use of chrome finishing's and Skoda seems to have given the Superb a heavy sprinkling of it. The car features a lot of chrome finishing's on the front end. The radiator grille is encircled in chrome, bearing the Skoda logo on the top of it, smack it the middle. The air dam is again encircled in chrome.
Quadrangular head lights flank both sides of the grille, which are quite powerful. The bumper also features power and big fog lights. The bonnet of the car also features three creases, giving it a distinctive look. From the side profile, you will again notice Skoda's generous use of chrome on its side window. The car is available in 16'' alloy wheels for the mid line version, however the top end version gets 17'' alloy wheels. Turn indicators have been placed on the exterior rear view mirrors, while the door handles have been body coloured.
The Skoda Superb offers some of the best interiors you will come across in luxury cars. Unlike the other Skoda models, which boast of dark interiors, the inside of the Superb is done up in beige interiors. The cabin also has a lot of wood trims mixed in with other classy materials. Moreover the cabin is also quite roomy, with the front seats having comfortable leg room space.
The seats can be adjusted in 12 ways for lumbar and height support, and even include memory functions. The steering wheel is a four spoked model, which can be found in other Skoda models as well. This steering wheel, however, does feature mounted controls on for the audio on it. The instrument cluster is different than the one seen in most Skoda models. It includes a fuel gauge, trip meter, odometer, tyre pressure monitor, warning lights for putting seat belts among others.
The cabin also includes a host of features namely a multi information display, a 12 CD music system with USB and AUX input, rear view mirrors that can be adjusted electronically and home lights, among others. The cabin also features an auto climate control, which also includes a provision for those in the rear seat. The rear bench area, can comfortably seat three adults and a child. The head rests for the rear seats are however, non-adjustable.
The boot space is also quite large, with a capacity of 545 litres. The rear seats can be split 60:40 which make them more convenient. The floor of the boot is flat, while the lid is electronically operated. The Superb has been built on the platform shared by the new Passat model from Volkswagen. The hydraulically powered steering wheel is quite comfortable to operate. The Superb offers great handling quality. The Superb's 1.8 TSI variant is a front wheel drive. Its ride quality is also superb.
The Superb is available in India in a choice of three different engines. The 2.0l Tdi diesel engine is capable of delivering 140bhp of max power and a peak torque of 320Nm. The engine is paired with automatic DSG 6 speed transmission. The second choice, the 1.8l TSI petrol engine is capable of delivering 160bhp of max power and a peak torque of 256Nm. This engine is available in both automatic and manual 6 speed transmission. This engine has an acceleration rate of 0 to 100kmph in around 9.8 seconds only, with a 210kmph top speed.
The third choice is the 3.6l FSI petrol engine that is capable of delivering 260bhp of max power and a peak torque of 376Nm. This engine is paired with a DSG automatic 6 speed transmission.
The Superb has a weight of 1,765kgs. For braking features, the front is equipped with ventilated disc brakes, while the rear is equipped with solid disc brakes. These brakes are further assisted by EBD, ESP, ABS, mechanical as well as hydraulic brakes assist, anti slip regulation as well as traction control.
For safety features this car is equipped with 3 point SRS seat belts, warning signal during overrun speed, parking sensors, 4 air bags, and pretension properties among others. Other features include motion sensor, tilt sensor, engine immobilizer equipped with floating code system and a remote control alarm, all for protecting the car against theft. The TSI engine has a mileage of 9.1kmpl in city and 13.4kmpl on highway.
The Superb is a great model for those looking to up their status symbol. It has great safety and braking features along with other features. It also boasts of one of the most luxurious cabins. The Skoda Superb has a price range of Rs.17,81,035 for the low end variant, which increases to Rs.25,74,894 for the top end variant, according to ex-showroom price in Mumbai.