Skoda Superb’s 2018 Facelift Overall Rating

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The Czech automaker has given its flagship car - Skoda Superb a facelift in 2018. What will be updated and twisted on this new version of the car? Read the following review for more details.

“Ok! So, on a count of three, name 5 car makers that you know in India!”. I was just strolling around the office to have my colleagues do such a simple task to see how many automotive brands they know. And not to my surprise, Maruti Suzuki was nearly always voiced up first, followed either by Hyundai or Toyota or Mahindra with Tata, Renault and Honda coming up last to finish the list (Some even mentioned Ford and Volkswagen, which sure don’t strike much of impression in terms of popularity). Then I gave them the question “you’ve ever heard of Skoda Auto?” which were mostly greeted by exclamation like “What?” or “Come again!” or “Is it even a thing?” or “I think I came across it before”, and some just threw back a confused look. To all my friends and car lovers, Skoda Auto is, in the name of God, a thing and legit, and it is here to stay. This quick review is about Skoda Superb 2018 – one of the most common cars by Skoda introduced to the Indian market and figure if the vehicle deserves more currency than it has right now or not.

Skoda superb 2018 running on road, angular front right side view, nature background of mountains

With all the practical traits it possesses for a car, the Superb should gain more popularity than it does at this moment. Read the following review to find out the real reason for its popularity.

1. Skoda Superb 2018 Exterior

The manufacturer undoubtedly has put a lot of work into making 2018 Superb upmarket. The first change comes from the Golf’s platform, entailing the car growing 23mm longer than the outgoing model and the wheelbase getting an increase in the length of 80mm. And for all the travelholics car lovers out there, this actually turns out to be a huge good news cause the luggage compartment greatly benefits from this modification which contributes to an impressive volume of 660 litres – the amplest cargo space in class.

Skoda Superb 2018 cargo space

The flagship gets a boost in cargo space which is the result of borrowing platform of the Volkswagen Golf

The outline design, on the whole, focuses on angular contours and sharp shoulder line, which together with the signature radiator grille and head-mounting logo make up for the identity of Skoda Superb. The flagship’s rear end is given a new pair of LED tail lights of bigger size compared to that of the previous version.

Skoda Superb 2018 front view

The new design is greatly identified by sharp dynamic lines and angular contours

2. Skoda Superb 2018 Engine and Performance: The Rock-n-Roll Piece & What It’s Like To Drive

There is nearly no update when it comes to the powertrain of the 2018 facelift of the Superb with Skoda continuing to match the 16V motors up with its vehicles. To go into details, the 16V TSI 1.8-litre petrol engine produces 177.4bhp of max power at 4000-6200 rpm and 320 Nm of max torque at 1450-3900 rpm. Its diesel counterpart – the 2.0-litre 16V TDI, on the other hand, churns out a peak power of 174.5bhp at 3600-4000 rpm and peak torque of 350 Nm at 1500-3500 rpm. Regarding transmission, both options of 6-speed manual gearbox or the 6-speed automatic can be had on the market by now.

skoda Superb 2018 engine bay

There is nearly no update regarding the powertrain of the 2018 facelift with Skoda continuing to match the 16V motors up with its vehicles

Heavy cargo (passengers and luggage) proves to be a problem with the diesel unit when we tried to load it with the occupants according to seat number and as much of our gears as we can. This doesn’t seem to be the case of the petrol model, though hard revving is required for acceleration. And to their credit, Skoda sure has done a good job in running the round of upgrading suspension. Regardless of standard or higher-end variants, the car runs so smoothly and handles normal-sized potholes or bumps so effortlessly you will have no reason to complain about.

But if there is anything to moan about, it is the steering whose response is not clear, though making turn itself is not at all a difficult task. That said, both models with which we drove for drive test overall yield good grip and handle well on slippery roads.

silver skoda superb 2018 running on road left side

The car soaks up all kinds of shock but the sharpest ones with ease thanks to the tweaked suspension

3. Skoda Superb 2018 Interior: On The Inside

16-inch alloy wheels will be seen on the entry-level S models. Opting for the SE trim and you are provided with 17-inch alloy wheels; 18in set on the mid-level variants and the top-spec one gets the 19in set. The infotainment touchscreen system follows the same ascending pattern, in which a 6.5-inch touchscreen display is available at the beginning of the range, the touchscreen size increases with the model getting higher in rank and reaches 9.2 inches on the Columbus model. Via MirrorLink, you can sync your phone to have with the infotainment system and have them speak the same language, getting access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, the hands-free system gets your back by assisting with the use of telephone when you are driving. 

Skoda Superb 2018 Infortaiment touchscreen

Along with massaging seats, the higher-end variants also give you access to either 8 or 9.2-inch touchscreen

Besides the voluminous space for passengers, the roomy cabin also offers generous storage space which takes the form of bottle holder indoor panelling and cup holders. As for air conditioning, the A/C system comes in pair with 3-Zone Climatronic with clean air function and temperature control on rear centre console. Also, the seats are accompanied with cushions for comfy drive no matter how long it takes.

4. Skoda Superb 2018 Safety Features

Skoda adheres to an uncompromising set of rules concerning safety issues. The carmaker sets a very high bar of quality by enlisting Anti-Locking Braking System, Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) (integrated with MKB – Multi-collision brake), XDS+ electronic differential lock, tyre pressure monitoring system, and the class-leading eight airbags, to name but a few. 

Skoda Superb 2018 air bags

The carmaker sets a very high bar of quality by including eight airbags in the list of safety equipment

5. Skoda Superb 2018 Price

Given all the improvement it receives, it is understandable for the 2018 Superb to get a rise in price. According to New Delhi ex-showroom, the least costly variant Style 1.8 TSI MT starts the pricing range at Rs 25.09 lakh. At the other end of the range, the higher-end Skoda Superb LK 2.0 TDI AT stands at Rs 32.41 lakh.

Engine 
 Model
Price 
 Petrol 
 Style 2.0 TDI AT
 Rs. 29.16 Lakh
 L&L 2.0 TDI AT
 Rs. 32.41 Lakh
 Diesel
 Style 1.8 TSI MT
 Rs. 25.09 Lakh
 Style 1.8 TSI AT
 Rs. 26.75 Lakh
 L&L 1.8 TSI AT
 Rs. 30.00 Lakh

6. Skoda Superb 2018 Specs

 Engine 

Engine Type

 1.8-litre 177.46bhp 16V Petrol Engine

 2.0-litre 174.50bhp 16V Diesel Engine

Displacement 

 1798 cc

1968 cc

Cylinder 

 4 

4

Torque 

 250 Nm 

350 Nm

Power 

 177.45 BHP 

174.5 BPH

Transmission

 7-speed Automatic

6-speed Manual

6-speed Automatic

Mileage

14.67 kmpl

16.19 kmpl

Turbo Charger

Yes

Yes

 Dimension

Length x Width x Height

 4861 x 1864 x 1483

Wheelbase

 2841 mm

Ground Clearance

 164 mm 

Cargo Volume 

 625-litres 

Seating Capacity

 5

Suspension and Brake

Suspension

 Front: MacPherson

Rear: Multi-Element

Brake

 Front and Disc: Disc

 Steering and Tyres

Steering

 Power 

Tyres  

 215/55 R17Tubeless Radial

Safety Features

  • Anti-Locking Brake System

  • EBD

  • Parking Sensor

  • Central Locking

  • Brake Assist

  • Power Door Lock

  • Child Safety Locks

  • ISOFIX Child Sear Mounts

  • Anti-Theft Alarm

  • Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

  • Hill Assist

  • Power Door Locks

  • Seat Belt Warning

  • Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

  • Driver and Passenger Airbags

  • Side Airbags: Front

  • Passenger Side Rear View Mirror

  • Day and Night Rear View Mirror

  • Keyless Entry 

  • Engine Immobilizer 

  • Crash Sensor

Comfort and Convenience

  • Power Steering

  • Power Windows-Front and Rear

  • One Touch Operating Power WindowsDriver's Window

  • Automatic Climate Control

  • Air Quality Control

  • Remote Trunk Opener

  • Remote Fuel Lid Opener

  • Low Fuel Warning Light

  • Accessory Power Outlet

  • Trunk Light

  • Vanity Mirror

  • Rear Reading Lamp

  • Rear Seat Headrest + Centre Arm Rest

  • Voice Control

  • Memory Functions For Seat

  • Seat Lumbar Support

  • Multi-function Steering Wheel

  • Cruise Control

  • Parking Sensors - Front & Rear

  • Navigation System

  • Foldable Rear Seat

  • Engine Start/Stop Button

  • Glove Box Cooling

  • Bottle HolderFront & Rear Door

  • Central Console Armrest

  • Height Adjustable Front Seat BeltsRear A/C Vents

Interior

  • Air conditioner/Heater

  • Adjustable Steering Wheel

  • Leather Seats

  • Leather Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Fog Light - Front and Rear

  • Rear Window Wiper and Defogger

  • Rain Sensing Wiper

  • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror

  • Outside Rear View Mirror Indicator

  • Rear Spoiler

  • Sunroof

  • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror

Entertainment

  • Radio

  • CD Player

  • 8 Speakers (Front and Rear)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity

  • USB Auxiliary 

  • Touch Screen

  • Integrated 2DIN Audio

And our verdict is:

The vehicle itself is not that fun to drive to be honest and the diesel engine lacks refinement, producing gruff sound. However, what-to-likes about this model of the Superb turn out to make an appealing list and sure appeals to lots of people. These upsides can be named from competitive prices; generous cargo space and expansive cabin; premium-feeling interiors; strong resale values, etc. It will make a family car which is reliable better than a sporty one whose main purpose is to catch up with vogue. 

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