Skoda: 2016 Superb TDI 140kW 4×4 sedan review

Skoda: 2016 Superb TDI 140kW 4×4 sedan review

The Superb sedan is the first car I’ve driven with Apple Carplay installed. You can connect your Apple phone and some the features of the phone such as music, messages and maps, become available through the touchscreen.

The problem with it is that it forces you to use Apple Maps, and that is not a patch on Google Maps. However, the rest of the functions were easy to use and better integrated than Bluetooth. It does connect to Android phones, too, but I don’t have one of those.

skoda superb 2016 front interiorIn a twist of fate, Apple Maps directed us to Raglan via Waingaro. This road had more than its fair share of 35kph corners and was an earnest test for the Skoda’s handling ability.

The Superb put in an excellent display until we caught up with a ponderous Honda Jazz.

It’s not quite a sports saloon, but no sports saloon offers the limo-like qualities of the Skoda so you shouldn’t expect it.

What it brings to the party is four-wheel drive skoda superb 2016 rear seatsand a six-speed DSG gearbox to get the 140kW and 400Nm from the turbodiesel motor to the tarmac, delivering 100kph in 7.6 seconds and pleasing gobs of torque exiting the corners.

It wasn’t a day where I could test the convenience of having an umbrella stashed in the driver and passenger door; it was a day that tested the climate control to keep the interior of the black car cool,

Therefore, we were going to the beach armed skoda superb 2016 bootwith plenty of water and the trappings of a day on the shore. The cup holder accepts a 0.5-litre bottle and has a smart grip system that allows you to unscrew your bottle with one hand. If you carry a larger bottle, sizes up to 1.5 litres will fit in the door pockets.

The boot is like a baleen whale has opened its gaping jaw. When I tell you the volume – 619 litres – you could be forgiven for thinking I’m talking about the wagon version, but no, this is skoda superb 2016 rear quarterthe hatchback version resplendent with electric opening and closing boot lid.

Put the rear seats down with the aid of two levers and space jumps to 1719 litres which are bigger than many SUVs. There are plenty of hooks and tie-downs to help constrain your bags that will roll around like a pea on a drum in such spacious surroundings.

It can fit so much luggage that you’ll be disappointed you can only carry five people in the car. The rear passenger legroom sets the benchmark as it was apparently designed to accommodate basketball players. There are smart features like an iPad holder in the rear armrest and a tablet holder in the central binnacle.

Skoda’s “Clever Inside” also features include a removable LED torch in the boot, an ice scraper in the fuel cap, emergency vest holder and a retractable tow bar.

Fuel economy was exceptional for such a big car. On a flat road at 100kph, the Skoda is coasting at well under 4 litres per 100km, and the quoted combined economy is 4.9l/100km.

An intelligent feature that contributes to the 0.299 drag coefficient are the active aerodynamics: if the engine doesn’t need cooling, vents at the front close to improving airflow, and this is also used to help the motor heat up more quickly from a cold start.

As would be expected the Superb gets a 5-star crash rating.

There are seven airbags, electronic stability control, blind spot monitoring, reversing camera, tyre pressure monitor, lane keep assist (helps you stay in the lane by doing a bit of the steering for you) and a distance monitor which warns you if a vehicle in front brakes heavily.

It’s an astonishing level of quality and performance for $54,900. It’s a car the size of an E-Class Mercedes with many comparable features, albeit not always so luxuriantly executed, but it is under half the price.

Perhaps the problem for Skoda is that this car should be more expensive and by making it so, and then would have given them the opportunity to make the handling stellar and the engine quieter.

However, I can’t think of another car in this price bracket which gives so much and therefore, despite those couple of minor issues, it really can be called Superb.

Price: $54,900 (base model is 132kW TSI at $44,900)

Pros

  • It is worthy of its moniker
  • Storage amounts and options
  • Seat comfort (especially in the rear)
  • Engine economy vs. power delivery

Cons

  • Noisy and coarse-sounding engine at lower speeds


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