Living up to the name – 2016 Skoda Superb

Ever since i heard about its launch, I was waiting to get behind the wheel. Most of the times, the name of a car somehow feels irrelevant. Or let’s just say it “doesn’t really match” if irrelevant sounds a bit rude. But if I have met a car in recent times that lives up to its name, it’s the new Skoda Superb. No exaggeration. If I were given a choice between an A4 and the new Superb, the decision won’t be too hard. I think I won’t think too much to pick the Superb.

The new Superb looks stunning with those sharp lines, and the design language is similar to that of the new Octavia. Thanks to the designer Jozef Kabaň. In fact, it does look like a larger Octavia, and I’m one of them who gets confused from a distance. Only from few angles of course. The lights have been inspired by Bohemian crystal glass. Words won’t make justice to those beautiful lights. You gotta see it to believe it. The upcoming new Rapid will follow the same design language. The new Superb is offered in two trims. Style and L&K (Laurin & Klement).

The entry variant Style itself is loaded with a plethora of features and what I got behind the wheel is the L&K one. Features like 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome garnishings, Panoramic electric sunroof,  12-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, 6.5-inch infotainment system, climate control, and on the safety front what I love is, most of the features like Adaptive Front Lighting system, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, ESC, Hill hold control, Traction Control, Electronic Diff lock, and 8 airbags are standard. What you get in the L&K variant is more. And more. You get Piano black touches, stone beige perforated leather upholstery, ambient lighting, 12-way electrically adjustable passenger’s seat, air conditioned front seats, 12-speaker Canton sound system, 3-zone climate control, warning indicators on rear doors, virtual boot release pedal and electrically controllable tailgate, tyre pressure monitoring system, drive mode select and a whole lot more.

Engines have been carried over from the previous model, but has been reworked for more power and better efficiency. The 1,798 cc, 4-cylinder TSI is available with 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed DSG. With the 6-speed manual, it produces 180 PS between 4,000-6,200 rpm and 320 Nm of torque between 1,450-3,900 rpm. The 7-speed DSG puts out different numbers – 180 PS between 5,100-6,200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,250-5,000 rpm. The 1,968 cc, 4-cylinder TDI is available only with 6-speed DSG and produces 177 PS between 3,600-4,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,500-3,500 rpm.

Skoda could have offered a manual option for TDI too. Nevertheless, both TSI and TDI are a pleasure to drive and feels great behind the wheel. The McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer at the front and Multi-element axle with one longitudinal and three transverse links with torsion stabilizer at the rear does a great job. If you’re in the market for a luxury sedan, it’s highly recommended that you give the new Superb a serious consideration. Because it truly lives up to its name and a great value for money.

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