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Skoda Superb Review: Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb

By Satish Kalepu; March 14, 2008

Spelling Luxury, Defining Style


Skoda has been spelled as luxury, comfort and style since decades in the European car market. They have been known for their exclusive and outstanding features since a long time that have been developed with the art of superb technology. The new Skoda Superb is all set to give classy driving experience to the ride with its superb technology and added new luxury features.
Skoda had entered Indian markets last year after much contemplation but the success stories of Skoda Octavia has put all skepticism behind. The company has witnessed tremendous response and now it plans to offer more luxury to the Indian premium car segment. Skoda Octavia is a common sight on Indian roads and soon the markets would witness the new Skoda Superb competing in the same segment.


Skoda Superb is one of the most luxurious and one of the most sophisticated automobiles that the Czech company has made. It has shed the overall look of a Volkswagen Passat. Earlier only the front end carries the typical Skoda looks and the rest looked more like a stretched Passat. The new Skoda Superb is now available only in the hatchback model and has abandoned its saloon look.


The Engine Drive


The power pack lies in the 2.8L Petrol 6V cylinder with 5 valves in each cylinder. It has a capacity to deliver 142 kw or 190 bhp @ 6000 rpm and generates a torque of 268 Nm @ 3200 rpm. It has a displacement of 2771 cc and compression ratio of 10.6:01. It can easily achieve a speed of 232km per hour in just 9.4 seconds. The diesel version also has 6V cylinder with 4 valves per cylinder that yields a power of 120 kw or 163 bhp @ 4000 rpm and generates a torque of about 350 Nm @ 1250 rpm. It has a displacement of 2496 cc and compression ratio of 18.5:01. It also offers twin clutch DSG automatic gear box that offers a good alternative to the 6 speed manual gear box.


Inside Out


As the new Skoda Superb has shed its older looks of the Passat, the new one is sure to mark a remarkable presence in the Indian market. Some of its looks still have its features from its earlier version but with broader shoulders and firmer grille. It has a larger wheelbase that means the rear seat passengers can now enjoy more leg room.


The interiors are laden with luxurious genuine as well as artificial leather with an eye-catching wooden décor. The new multi-media steering wheel is sure to catch your attention. It carries a classy touch that allows you to scroll through the in-built navigation system as well as entertainment channels. The new Skoda Superb has ample room for front as well as rear passengers. Even the front passengers have quite comfortable seats with power adjustments and logically placed switchgears. Even the glove box is bigger and this one has a capacity in the left door that can hold even a wet umbrella. Imagine it has a drainage hole as well!


On the Roads and On the Pocket


You can choose your variant of Skoda Superb to choose from the equipment and accessories required. It is going to be placed in the D car segment which falls above the existing Skoda Octavia and well below the Merc E-class segment. But all this has to wait! The company shall be importing the cars later this year. So you can expect the new Skoda Superb in the Indian markets around Diwali time.


 

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