Skoda Superb: the flagship sedan gets a facelift, changes under the bonnet

The Superb has all the time been a brilliantly-rounded mannequin that can make you query the must spend extra for a related measurement German-made luxurious sedan.

For 2020, Skoda has given its flagship sedan a facelift although it’s under the bonnet the place the greatest change is. The Superb has made the dramatic swap to petrol-only energy; the likeable 2.0-litre diesel and 1.Eight TSI turbo-petrol make means for a new, extra highly effective 2.Zero TSI turbo-petrol unit. There are two distinct variations of the Superb on provide: the driver-centric Sportline and the luxurious mannequin Laurin & Klement (L&Ok). The distinction is right down to the exterior and inside packages. The one we take a look at is the L&Ok. So, what’s it like?

Like a boss

On the beauty facet, the styling tweaks are fairly refined. The headlights at the moment are slimmer LED items that fuse into a marginally bigger grille. The redone entrance bumper provides the Superb a fuller face whereas the restyled air dam now comes flanked by aero-enhancing Air Curtains on the L&Ok trim. On the Sportline, the bling is toned down; there’s blacked-out detailing on the grille, home windows and tail apart from a discrete lip spoiler on the boot lid.

Inside, little has modified however that’s not a unhealthy factor — the cabin feels plush with a beneficiant use of soft-touch supplies.While the L&Ok options a extra typical black-on-beige search for its interiors, the Superb Sportline adopts an all-black theme. The latter’s Alcantara upholstery, racier entrance seats with built-in headrests, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and digital dials promise a sportier driving really feel. The L&Ok’s entrance seats are massive and supportive, and the 12-way electrical modify makes it straightforward to seek out a snug seating place. In the rear, a ‘Boss Button’ on the L&Ok permits extra space to the rear left passenger by sliding the seat ahead.

2020 Skoda Superb L&Ok specs

  • Engine 1984cc, Four cyl, turbo-petrol
  • Max Power 190hp at 4200-6000rpm
  • Max Torque 320Nm at 1450-4200rpm
  • Gearbox 7-speed dual-clutch computerized
  • Length (mm) 4869mm
  • Width (mm) 1864mm
  • Height (mm) 1469mm
  • Wheelbase (mm) 2841mm
  • Ground Clearance (mm) 156mm
  • Boot Capacity (Lts) 625-1760 litres
  • Tank measurement (lts) 66 litres
  • Kerb Weight (kg) 1579kg
  • Tyre measurement 215/55 R17

On the gear facet, customary options embody eight airbags, a single-pane sunroof and an 8.0-inch touchscreen that provides crisp graphics and slick contact response. The Sportline misses out on heated/ventilated entrance seats that the L&Ok affords apart from techniques like a tyre strain monitor, fatigue alert and a hands-free tailgate. There can be an 11 speaker Canton sound system unique to the L&Ok.

Launch management

The 2020 Superb comes powered by VW Group’s newest 2.0-litre, direct-injection turbo-petrol engine and solely comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine makes 190hp at 4,200-6,000rpm and 320Nm of torque at 1,450-4,200rpm. Thatis 10hp and a meaty 70Nm torque up over the earlier 1.Eight TSI-DSG combo. At metropolis speeds, the engine is remarkably easy and refined. There is a noticeable tug in the mid-range adopted by a sustained cost to six,000rpm, all of which is accompanied by an entertaining snarl from the engine. The unit feels alert, prepared and keen always and the quick-shifting gearbox performs its supporting position properly.

A function of curiosity on the Superb is launch management. On a moist highway, the Superb posted a launch control-aided 0-100kph time of 8.43sec. Remarkably, the wet-weather acceleration time bettered the previous 1.Eight TSI’s time by a tenth. The comfort-oriented suspension means the Superb shouldn’t be fairly the corner-carver, however there’s a passable weight to the steering, and it does change route diligently. Skoda has not tinkered with the suspension setup, which is simply as properly as a result of the Superb makes mild work of potholes and imperfections.

In summation, the Superb seems to be the half, pampers rear-seat occupants with a soft experience and is nice to drive too. The Skoda Superb Sportline is available in at ₹29.99 lakh whereas the L&Ok trim sports activities a ₹32.99 lakh price ticket. But as compared with related German sedans, you will note the Superb for what it’s: a automotive that breaks the class ceiling.

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