Having established supremacy in its segment ever since its launch, the face-lifted Superb looks to keep the success story going for the Czech manufacturer.
The current-gen Superb has been somewhat of a success story for Skoda in India. Offering a unique combination of space, luxury, excellent drivability, and loads of standard equipment, the Superb has remained a firm favourite of Indian consumers – both, for those who like to drive as well as those who would rather be chauffeured.
One look at the car, and its easy to see the reason for its popularity – the rear seat space is about as much as a studio apartment, while the quality levels feel as good as in most luxury cars. There’s also a sizable amount of standard equipment too – making it a fully equipped luxury car that offers far more space and comfort than any other car in its price range.
Being a part of the VW Group means that the Superb gets the excellent 2-litre diesel engine and 6-speed DSG gearbox. The Superb, in fact, has always been a joy to drive. It has excellent torque, and the paddles on the steering make it easy to swap cogs in the lightning quick DSG box. The steering, as well, is very precise – and it makes the Superb feel a lot smaller than it really is.
On the track, though, the Superb does feel a little stately. Having said that, the suspension set up does actually feel better than the new Octavia, which seems to have erred too much on the side of ride comfort. Where cars like the newer Octavia do score, however, is in terms of interior design – which is starting to look a little dated in the Superb, even the face-lifted one. The touch-screen interface, especially, is in need of an upgrade.
A few niggles aside, though, the Superb remains a – well – superb product!