Skoda Superb Hatchback First Look Review

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Skoda Superb Overview

On our way to school, my friend Rahul and I used to play a very interesting game. We would count similar cars of a certain segment and whosoever had the larger count would win. That was ages ago but I still find myself counting cars at times. And if I had to pick a car today from the D-segment, which would help me beat Rahul, Skoda Superb would be it.The car may be the Czech carmaker’s most premium offering but is still a very popular choice in India and a common sighting in any of India’s big cities. After a successful run with the second generation Superb, Skoda has introduced the all-new Superb in India. Does it better everyone’s expectation? We drove from Mangalore to Coorg to find out.

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.

Skoda Superb Design

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.Check for Skoda Superb  price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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 Cabin

Were we to show you a photo each of the Superb and Octavia’s dashboards, there’s a high chance you wouldn’t be able to tell which belongs to which. Sure, the Superb’s dash is well laid-out, functional and user-friendly but it also seems designed to a template and this, to us, is a bit of a disappointment. With that out of the way, let’s get to what’s good about the cabin.For one, quality is top-notch. There’s less chrome detailing than the last Superb and glossy black plastics have taken the place of the faux wood too. But in terms of look and feel, the Superb’s cabin is comparable to cars higher up the price ladder. Soft-touch plastics, felt- lined door pockets and robust-feeling switches, the Superb has it all. The L&K trim’s customisable ambient lighting only makes the cabin feel more special still.

It’s also a cabin you’ll be comfortable in for long. Incredibly, there’s even more space in the back than before so you can really stretch out. Should you need more kneeroom, the Superb gives you the option to slide the front passenger seat at the touch of a button from the rear. Skoda aptly calls this feature ‘Boss Button’.The rear seat is sumptuous, well- cushioned and offers good all-round support. However, some might find the backrest a touch upright. The middle seat is also not very useable thanks to its hard cushioning and the high centre tunnel. Skoda should have also provided a dedicated air-con blower control at the rear as the AC takes time to cool that section of the cabin. In fact, in peak summer heat, we found the Superb’s AC struggling to lower cabin temperature quickly.

L&K trim cars get cooled front seats and the feature is a boon in hot and humid India. The powered front seats are broad, well- bolstered and offer a great range of adjustability. Finding a comfortable driving position is also easy but we wish the steering had electric adjust too.Otherwise, the Superb comes rather well-loaded. Bi-xenon headlamps, a sunroof, leather seats, touchscreen infotainment system with voice commands, sunroof and roll-up sun visors for the rear windows and rear windscreen are all part of standard equipment. Top-spec L&K versions also get three-zone climate control and a sonorous 610W Canton system, with 12 speakers, that strikes all the right chords.The Superb also scores for practicality with plenty of cubby holes and spaces for bottles, loose items and documents.

Skoda Superb Performance

As before, the new Superb is available with petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine is the VW Group’s 180hp, 1.8-litre direct-injection, turbocharged unit that also powers the Skoda Octavia and Audi A3 in India. This motor is tuned to make 320Nm of torque when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and 250Nm with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic which is the other transmission on offer. In either form, the petrol Superb is an exciting car.The 1.8 TSI motor is quick to rev, offers solid mid-range punch and does everything while making the right noises. It’s easy to get wheelspin on a hard launch and even when you floor the throttle in a lower gear, you’ll see the traction control lights flash wildly. There is a bit of lag when starting out but the engine’s power, even off-boost, ensures progress isn’t jerky at slow speeds.For more information on Skoda Superb  check Byteintobigdata

The 1.8 TSI’s manual gearbox is a joy to use with a very precise shift action, but clutch travel is long. Power and torque are available in plenty through the gears and overtaking requires just a flex of the right foot. We did find the gearing quite tall though. Third gear stretches to 175kph at 6,800rpm and fourth goes well beyond 220kph. Flat-out performance is good with the petrol manual version posting a 0-100kph time of 8.42 seconds.The petrol automatic does well for itself too with a time of 8.52 seconds from a standstill to the ton. Boost comes in a bit later here, at about 2,500rpm, but you’ll only feel the surge when you are aggressive with the throttle. In average driving, the automatic gearbox keeps the engine in the lower reaches of the rev band to maximise efficiency and progress is always smooth. Gearshifts are quick, be it in automatic mode or manual, via the gearshift or steering-mounted paddles. In manual mode, the engine runs deeper in the powerband, revving to 6,600rpm, and downshifting is quick with the paddles.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine version that comes mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission is exciting in its own right. The power figures should give a hint as to why. Where the last-gen Superb’s 2.0 diesel made 140hp and 320Nm, this one’s newer unit makes 177hp and 350Nm. And the performance jump is quite evident.0-100kph takes 7.83 seconds compared to the old car’s 11.22 seconds and it’s quicker in kickdown acceleration too. Yes, there is a bit of lag initially but the diesel engine comes in its stride past 2,000rpm and revs quite readily to 4,900rpm. The gearbox works well, shifts are quick and you have the option to take manual control here too. The engine is quite refined as diesels go but there is a bit of clatter at idle and though not loud, it’s always audible.L&K versions of the petrol automatic and diesel also come with drive modes that alter engine, gearbox and steering settings. You can choose between Eco, Normal and Sport settings and even customise the experience with Individual.

Skoda Superb Riding

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.Apply car loan for Skoda Superb at Fincarz.

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 Features

This car can’t be a Superb without a long list of features and the new generation car offers all the bells and whistles you could as for. While we spoken about a few comfort and safety features earlier, there are a lot more on offer. So many that the brochure uses three pages to list out all the features.

The more affordable Style variant gets a lot of features too. Offered as standard are leather seats, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, hill-hold control, multi collision brake (a system that automatically shuts off the engine after it detects an accident when the airbag is deployed), an electro-mechanical handbrake, 8 airbags, parktronic sensors, keyless entry and ignition, puddle lights, 12-way adjustable driver seat, 6.5-inch touch screen, dual-zone climate control and two Skoda umbrellas that sit inside the front doors.

Skoda Superb Price 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 Bottomline

By any objective measure, the latest Skoda Superb is a fantastic car. It blends comfort, luxury and performance in one package and does so convincingly well. As always, keen pricing makes the deal seem sweeter still. But it must be said, the new Superb doesn’t take quite as big a leap over its predecessor as we had hoped. It builds on the strengths of the last-gen car rather than take things to the next level.

Some might even argue the new Superb’s not as multi-dimensional as the earlier car, having lost a bit of its sportiness and flair. However, would these aspects matter to a typical buyer? Not really. Because the way to really see the Superb is as a luxury car that punches above its weight. The car is as good, if not better than many of the more expensive cars that wear a premium badge. It’s this image that has helped sell the Superb in the past and there’s no reason why things will be any different with this new-gen car.

Skoda Rapid Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid Overview

Skoda Rapid come to light in the year 2011 and with the launch, the vehicle acquired a handsome sum of sales in the segment it was intended for. It is the Skoda’s answer to the executive cars in the segment such as Hyundai Verna and Honda City. The car quickly turned into highest volume gainer in the Czech automaker’s India portfolio. Skoda Rapid being sold in India is based on Volkswagen’s PQ25 platform, unlike the Euro-spec models that are based on the MQB platform. Check for car loan for Skoda Rapid

After 5 years of lifespan and steady performance, Skoda again introduced the facelift version of the car in 2016 but that failed to garner the interest in the Indian car buyers. Recently, Skoda launched the special edition variant that’s been called as Rapid Edition with the competitive price tag and additional features. The new 2018 Edition is similar to the Monte Carlo edition which was launched last year and now got discontinued.

Skoda Rapid Look

The Rapid’s fascia is completely new. A new chrome-outlined grille and angular headlamps bring it more in line with its bigger brothers, the Octavia and the Superb. Below the grille sits a redesigned bumper, with a large, honey-combed lower air intake, prominent air dam and fog lamps. In profile, the Rapid has not changed at all, and the only revision round the back is the lightly redesigned bumper and tailgate-mounted chrome strip. Other nouveau embellishments include the projector headlights with “jewel-shadow” daytime running lights as Skoda calls them and chrome moulding on the door handles. On the whole, the clean lines and sharp edges make the Rapid look fresh, purposeful and contemporary.

Other changes include a new 110hp diesel engine and some equipment upgrades. As earlier, the Rapid will be available in three trims – Active, Ambition and Style, with petrol as well as diesel, and manual as well as automatic options.

Skoda Rapid Comfort

On the inside the Rapid gets fabric seats. The Dashboard is the same which looks dated. There haven’t been any changes to the interiors, which is not a very pleasant thing. It does not get a touchscreen either, which is available on most cars in its segment. The Rapid Black Edition has cruise control too. It is a spacious car and has very good leg room, even at the rear. The seats are high and have good padding and support. Getting in and out of the car is very convenient. Like in all Skodas the trunk space is phenomenal with one drawback being that the boot can’t be opened from the outside unless the user does so with the key. The boot can be opened by a one touch button from the inside, but hitting the unlock button for the doors does not unlock the trunk. The spare wheel is not a full size one and gets a narrower tyre.

Skoda Rapid Gearbox

;Powering the front wheels is a 1598cc oil burning lump which features like double over head cams and a high pressure direct injection system. While you don’t have to guess where this engine comes from, what you will keep wondering is how different this engine feels in the Rapid. Pushing out a 105 PS @ 4400 rpm and a meaty 250 Nm of torque between 1500-2500 rpm, the Rapid is tuned in a slightly different way compared to the Vento. While it’s slightly more audible, performance throughout the rev range is extremely linear with a crisp throttle response. In fact driven around town, the Rapid actually feels quicker than its German sibling. However numbers tell a different tale.

Flat out the 100 comes up in 12.03 (11.16 seconds for the Vento) seconds which is a tad slower than the Vento. Roll-on figures reveal a similar story. The 40-120 in fourth gear takes 17.12 (16.29 seconds for the Vento) seconds which are some very good figures. Keeping the throttle pedal buried we maxed the Rapid out at 182 km/h. There is absolutely nothing to choose between the Czech and the German when it comes to performance. Braking is also a sure footed affair with the Rapid featuring dual rate brake assist along with ABS which helps in shedding speed rapidly.For more information on Skoda Rapid visit Bigintmedia

Skoda Rapid Riding

Driving around slow moving traffic and by lanes, we really appreciated the direct and easy to twirl steering which makes it easy to maneuver. Low speed ride is absorbent and pot-hole infested roads were also dismissed without any problem. But large road imperfections do make their presence felt in the cabin, as the suspension thuds through them. On the highway, the Rapid displays good stability and the comfortable ride makes it an able cruiser. Over undulating surfaces it does tend to bounce a bit and a flatter ride would have been welcomed. Around twisty sections, the Rapid feels willing and the direct steering, good body control and loads of grip gives you lot of confidence. The brakes too offered good bite and stopping power felt more than adequate.Book Skoda Rapid Test Drive.

Skoda Rapid Safety

Talking about safety, Skoda India is offering ABS and dual front airbags as standard across all the trims of the new Rapid. You also get Hill Hold Control and Electronic Stability Control with the DSG transmission. Skoda has had a bad reputation in India when it comes to after sales but they’ve come a long way in making the process transparent and reliable. They are also offering 4 year service car programme as standard with the new Rapid that covers 4 years warranty, 4 years of roadside assistance and an optional 4 year service package.

Skoda Rapid Price in Pune 

Skoda Rapid On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 9,72,708 to 17,31,206 for variants Rapid 1.6 MPI Active Petrol and Rapid 1.5 TDI AT Monte Carlo respectively. Skoda Rapid is available in 11 variants and 1 colours. Below are details of Skoda Rapid variants price in Pune. Check for Rapid price in Pune at Autozhop.

Skoda Rapid Bottomline

The update has certainly made the Rapid a lot more competitive. For starters it looks a lot sharper than before, gets more features along with ABS and Airbags being standard across all variants. Skoda has also looked into the warranty aspect and is now the only manufacturer offering a standard four year warranty along with four years of Skoda Roadside Assistance and Skoda maintenance Package. With prices for the base petrol manual starting at 8.19 lakh and going up to Rs. 12.55 lakh for the top end Style DSG (ex-Mumbai), prices are on par with the competition. The Rapid makes a strong case for itself for those who like to drive and appreciate a well-built product.