Skoda launches the all-new Superb in India

The all new Skoda Superb luxury sedan was launched in India today. Based on the Vision C Concept that was showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new Superb looks sharp and very European. Currently in its third generation, the Superb will be locking horns with the Toyota Camry and the upcoming Honda Accord in the Indian market.

Skoda’s new design language has been the cynosure of all eyes since it was introduced in India in the new Octavia. The Superb promises to take it to the next level. A modern incarnation of Skoda’s trademark trapezoidal grille with a slit to accommodate the logo dominates the redesigned fasica. A muscular hood and chiseled bumper with well-defined cuts oozes appeal while the Bi-xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights inside look cool. The profile is home to two strong character lines running the length of the car while the rear is reminiscent of a similar-sized Audi sedan. If you want to turn heads wherever you go, the Superb should be one of your top choices!

Skoda is not known for offering gracefully-designed interiors in its cars. The Superb is no different. While the design might not be eye-pleasing, the build quality, fit and finish and the features on offer will impress the toughest of critics. We have seen that in the old Superbs and the new car, looking at the official images, carries that trend forward. Feature list is exhaustive too with a 3-zone climate control, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, 6.5-inch SmartLink touchscreen infotainment system with a 12-speaker CANTON audio, adaptive dampers with three driving modes and ambient lighting making it to the car.

Safety is top notch too with a plethora of advanced features like 8 airbags, Stability Control, Multi Collision Braking, Fatigue Detection System and front Adadptive Lighting System. 

A choice of two stonking engines are on offer in the new Superb - a 1.8-liter TSI petrol and a 2.0-liter TDI diesel.  While the former generates 180 PS and 320 Nm of torque, the latter churns out 177 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The TSI gets a choice of 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission while the TDI is exclusively offered with the DSG gearbox only. 

Prices start at INR 22.68 Lakhs for the TSI Manual Style variant and goes all the way upto INR 29.36 Lakhs for the TDI AT L&K variant. Both prices are introductory and ex-showroom, Mumbai. Considering that the cheapest Camry variant retails around INR 29 Lakhs and the Honda Accord’s estimated prices are around INR 30 Lakhs, the Superb is superbly priced and is incredible value for money!

With sharp looks, spacious cabin, luxurious interiors with an exhaustive feature list and two fast engines, the Superb is a superb choice in the luxury segment, pun intended. The only thing going against the car is Skoda’s brand image and notorious after-sales reputation. But that wouldn’t stop us from putting our money for one.

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