Road Test

2014 Skoda Superb Facelift Road Test Review

By   |   26 March,2014

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The Skoda Superb has always been the top of its class and that is set to continue with the new one.

Q. What is it?

This is the new facelifted Skoda Superb that was launched recently and features many tweaks which means further bad news for its rivals. The new Skoda Superb has been constantly doing good numbers and this facelift will only help it cement its position further as the king of the D-segment.

The facelifted Superb gets a new look exterior and some minor changes in the interior. Two trim levels are on offer called as Ambition and Elegance plus there are two engine options- 1.8 TSI and the 2.0 TDI. Prices start at Rs 18.87 lakh for the Ambition 1.8 TSI manual and then go upto Rs 25.2 lakh for the top-end Elegance 2.0 TDI. The model tested here is the Elegance 1.8 TSI AT at Rs 22.2 lakh.

Q. How does it look?

The new facelifted Skoda Superb is easily identified over the previous version thanks to the new front-end. For starters there is the new grille, new Skoda logo, new front headlights and fog lights plus new bumpers, front fender and bonnet. The new Skoda logo is now placed in the centre of the bonnet slightly sloped downward. The big talking point upfront is also the new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and LED turning signals.

From the rear you will immediately notice the new LED tail-lamps housing three light strips which make up the C-shaped rear lights. The rear bumper has also been changed and there is a subtle rear spoiler plus the position of the number plate has been moved to the boot lid. As like the front there is the new Skoda logo also. The facelifted Skoda Super gets new 16 inch 'Helix' alloys.

When it comes to colour options the Superb gets three new metallic colours of Metal grey, Magnetic Brown and Brilliant Silver and in total there are eight colour options.

Q. How is it on the inside?

One of the biggest strengths of the Superb has been its high quality, spacious interiors. That continues with the new Superb as well and for sheer space nothing comes close. When it comes to changes there is a new three-spoke steering wheel which looks sporty. Fact of the matter is that the Superb always had an, er, superb cabin that did not need any changing.

The design of the cabin is elegant and very classy. As said earlier the biggest plus point of the Superb has always been space, lots of space. Rear legroom (157 millimetres) , headroom is enormous and beats cars costing twice as much in this regard!

As earlier the Superb also has a big boot of 565 litres which can be extended to 1,700 by folding the rear seats. Equipment levels are generous as well with features like electric sunroof, 6.5 inch LCD TFT colour touchscreen, 8 speakers with integrated 6-CD changer, keyless entry, engine start/stop button, Bluetooth, dual zone climate control, rear adjustable vents and 12 way electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats.

Q. How does it drive?

The Skoda Superb has two engines options with the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI. The petrol either gets a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox with Tiptronic. The diesel on the other hand only gets a 6-speed DSG autobox. We had the automatic petrol on test and as expected it impressed with its smooth power delivery and general fuss free nature. There is a generous amount of torque and thanks to its superb refinement you are not aware of just how fast you are going.

The 7-speed DSG is just, well, superb and thanks to paddle shifts you can actually hustle this car as if it were a much smaller car. Despite its size the Superb is easy to drive and visibility is also quite good. The ride is also plush and it seems it is not as soft as its rivals so in hard cornering it is not all over the place unlike some of its overly soft rivals.

Q. Is it value for money?

You bet. The Ambition variant gets features such as LED tail-lights, rear parking sensors, dual side/ curtain airbags at front/rear, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, touchscreen audio player, steering controls, eight speakers, dual-zone climate control, rear ac, Bluetooth among others so its very well equipped but the Elegance adds features like Bi-Xenon headlights, retractable headlight washers, LED DRLs, keyless entry, start, exit and start/stop button, cruise control and an electric sunroof.

Q. Verdict then?

Skoda has made the Superb even better than it was before and also kept the pricing competitive. It continues to have the strengths of the previous version along with new features that make it more appealing. The new styling features adds to its presence and sharpens the look and at this price you cannot get a better deal of space and luxury. Some of its rivals lack a diesel or are simply overpriced so if you are shopping for a luxury sedan and don't want to pay silly money for it, the new Superb should be your choice.