Skoda’s witnessed a strange trajectory. From vaunted automaker in the very first half of the Twentieth century, to a flailing communist Russian state-owned propaganda device in the four decades that followed, and now spine on leading to among the biggest users in the global commuter vehicle segment – it’s been a heck of a ride for Skoda.
In the period complying with the Second Globe War, the Czech Republic had to contend along with the Soviets that looked at automotive luxury along with the exact same disdain that they did capitalism. Their cars were utilitarian tools – and unreliable ones at that. In fact, by the moment democracy reached Czechoslovakia in 1990, the Germans had steered in to the rescue.
Volkswagen bought in to Skoda in 1991. That didn’t automatically rid the latter of a shady reputation. In fact, it was regularly at the receiving end of jokes: “Exactly how do you double the rate of a Skoda? Chuck a penny in it.” or “Why do Skodas have actually heated rear windscreens? To sustain your wrists warm while pushing it.”
But Skoda ended up laughing the hardest. In the two-and-a-half decades after it was acquired, it has actually much more compared to quadrupled its production – last year it manufactured over a million units – and revenue and profit have actually been consistently in the green. Not just are they carrying out numbers, Skoda has actually come to be a benchmark for workhorse engines.
All of that is personified in this third-gen Superb, their flagship model, that was recently launched in India. We called it in to the office to test drive recently, and it’s clear why it doesn’t have to pitch as well challenging for the leading spot in the sub Rs 25-lakh executive sedan vehicle of 2016.
The brand-new Superb is 75 kilos lighter compared to the outgoing model – interesting as quickly as you think about that this brand-new model is wider and has actually a much longer wheelbase compared to the outgoing model. Still, the sprightly 1.8litre petrol TSI engine I drove had no problem obtaining away rapidly from a standstill. The engine is regarding as silent as a crypt. also as quickly as you’re revving in the second- and third-gear, it never ever loses its poker face. Thoughts you, there’s some severe grunt underneath the hood: 180hp of electricity and 320Nm of torque on tap.
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Inside, it feels as luxe as a vehicle within this segment should. No cheap plastic, clunky buttons and scruffy leather. The commodious cabin is particularly noted for the legroom it affords the rear occupants. Upfront, there’s a touchscreen infotainment, minimal buttons on the steering wheel, and an expansive sunroof too.
The handling of the Superb, and a spot where the Skoda particularly excels, is beyond reproach. It’s nimble, agile and responsive – makes you forget that it isn’t a hatchback and is as an alternative a full-sized family sedan. However isn’t that the point, really? The one gripe along with this vehicle is that it’s a thirsty machine – if you’ve got anything others compared to the lightest ideal foot while driving this machine, anticipate a mileage of much less compared to 10kpl. There are choices of the two diesel and petrol engines, and you can easily chose in between manual transmission also as automatic gearshifts.
The Superb’s sibling, the Octavia, is currently carrying out volumes and has actually gone on to come to be the a lot of widely sold Skoda vehicle on the planet – it’s third-gen model that was launched in 2013 has actually currently sold a million units globally. This Superb might not strike those numbers because of a better rate tag, However it’s positioning as a statement of just what Skoda is capable of within the realm of luxury cars is a narrative that’s firmly reinforced along with this brand-new Superb.