Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Škoda Superb B8

Now on its third-generation, the all-new Skoda Superb has been graduated from a large family car to a full-size car because it's now larger than its predecessor and it comes with numerous engine choices including a new generation of direct-injection turbocharged engines. So, what's it all about the new Superb?

2016 Skoda Superb

2016 Skoda Superb Combi

Skoda says that the design from the new Superb is heavily inspired from the Vision C Concept but in general, the new look is almost identical to the conceptual design of the VisionC, meaning some mixed results occurred but nevertheless, first impressions aren't always the best. Even though it wasn't as appealing as it looks, it's still well-commanding for Skoda's flagship saloon even though it comes with two different variations, the saloon version or the extra-spacious Combi model.

2016 Skoda Superb interior

On the inside, nothing's too special about the Superb's interior quality even though it has bits and bobs from the Volkswagen Group family tree. Even though it wasn't as surprising as it looks, it's still rather comfortable, about the same level of comfortness you would get on a Hyundai Grandeur or Aslan or a Kia K7. Sorry, that sounds rudimentary but it's also high-tech as well because it comes with a brand-new SmartLink infotainment system, which comes with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As for sound quality, its available Canton sound system sounds like a bit common unlike sophisticated audio systems in luxury cars but it's not so bad to hear it.

Because it's bigger than the previous Superb, the boot space is now increased, meaning you can store more groceries as you like and if you opt in for the Combi version, it has a lot more luggage capacity fit enough for your next hectic schedules ahead, even your next day offs.

2016 Skoda Superb

There are different engines to choose from on the new Superb ranging from five petrol engines ranging from 1.4 to 2.0L, and three diesels ranging from 1.6 to 2.0L. The top-tier of the range is the 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that develops 280PS of power, 350Nm of torque, and it can do 0-100kph in less than six seconds if mated with a double-clutch gearbox. Sounds quick and as for handling, thanks to its MQB platform and improved dynamics and comfort, driving the new Superb has the same feeling like you expect from German luxury saloons, despite the fact that the Superb is basically a front-wheel drive car (with the optional 4x4 powertrain).

As for safety features, the Superb is ready with the best level of safety tech from Electronic Stability Control, Multi-Collision Brake, Adaptive Cruise Control, Crew Protect Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Detect, and Smart Light Assist among many others.

2016 Skoda Superb Combi

The new Superb wants to be a BMW 5-Series in VW Passat money and with prices start at 599,900 Kc for the saloon and 629,900 Kc for the Combi, it's a hard bargain so not bad for such regeneration. Although it may have some flops in every bits and bobs around here, the new Superb is one of the key cars why Skoda is celebrating 120 years since the very first Skoda built, the LK Voiturette A, so that's interesting if you want to dig through Skoda's 120 year history but for now, the new Superb is more of a birthday present to Skoda, it's the flagship that reserves to be respected for the owners.

Photo: ŠKODA AUTO a.s.

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