Drive – Skoda Superb Elegance Review

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Cameron McGavin

Make Model SUPERB Price $56,990 (plus dealer and costs) Series 3.6 V6 ELEGANCE DSG 4X4 Year 2009 Body hatchback Emissions 243g Fuel Consumption 10.2L/100km 191kW Torque 350Nm Wheels 6 speed DSG/AWD

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A car’s name is an arbitrary thing but occasionally manage to tap into a rich of truth or irony, like with its rather less-than-legendary

So what to make of Skoda’s Can the brand’s new luxury sedan up to its grandiose title?

What do you

The Superb kicks off at $42,990 for the 1.8-litre turbo petrol plus on-road and dealer

The Superb, though, is bigger its VW cousin and comes with front seats, six-CD/MP3 system, auto headlights and dual-zone climate control and alloys on base models.

We tested the $56,990 Elegance 4X4 V6, adds heated rear powered front seats, a sound system, adaptive headlights, alarm, rear sun and 18-inch alloys.

With airbags, anti-lock brakes and control standard on all models, the safety prospects are strong. It has been awarded a five-star in Euro NCAP crash

What’s on the inside ?

The Superb is than the Passat but no wider, in a somewhat awkward, cigar-like Such misgivings are forgiven you sample the back seat, has enough legroom to give a Statesman a scare.

The Skoda is exceptionally handy thanks to its system, which allows you to the big 565-litre boot via a traditional or a full-blown hatch. Fold the split-fold back seats and got a hefty 1670 litres.

Up front, the Superb’s heritage is in its simple, tasteful design, plastics and drum-tight assembly. the V6’s 18-inch wheels a space-saver spare tyre and storage is average. Rear is also compromised. Some of the is a bit tacky.

It all smacks of Skoda too hard.

Under the bonnet

The Superb’s 191kW, 3.6-litre V6 comes hooked up to a mandatory version of the VW Group’s twin-clutch transmission. It’s a smooth, engine with a linear, supply of power.

The six-speed DSG gearbox is a good too, with quick, shifts and less propensity for the jerkiness that afflicts 1.8-litre petrol models. it’s still possible to it out.

Skoda claims litres per 100 kilometres for the V6 and we got close to it our 10.9L/100km test average. puts the Superb on par with its competition but not ahead. It also premium unleaded.

Tyre on coarse-chip roads aside, impressively hushed and the ride most lumps and bumps fuss.

And while not a jaw-droppingly drive, the Skoda has progressive a neutral balance and good from the 18-inch tyres. secure in the wet, too, to its all-wheel-drive system.

Does the live up to its name? Unfortunately, not

The styling is awkward, the cabin suffers from the odd tacky bit of the DSG gearbox still has blemishes and merely good rather enthralling to drive.

But if you’re in the for a sub-$60,000 luxury car, the Superb‘s space, quality, plentiful equipment, and safety mean it should be on shortlist.

How much? From (plus dealer and on-road

Engine 3.6-litre V6; 191kW/350Nm; 243g CO2/km; AWD

What it has 9 stability control, anti-lock rear parking sensors; climate control; cruise powered front seats; front/rear seats; automatic and wipers; 6-CD/MP3 sound with aux input; 18-inch wheels.

Strong performance

capable and comfortable road

massive rear legroom


Awkward looks

jerky auto

needs premium

tacky detailing

The Competitors

Calais V 3.6 SIDI

From (plus dealer and on-road New direct-injection V6 engine gets power with less Capable and involving road comfortable cabin lacks Thick A-pillars restrict

Not yet rated.

Nissan Maxima

From $46,990 (plus and on-road costs) Well A robust but relaxing drive soured by a big turning circle and visibility restricted by thick #9733;#9733;#9733;

Volkswagen Passat 3.2 FSI 4

From $56,990 (plus and on-road costs) Classy and out with capable road a spacious cabin and loads of Dual-clutch gearbox lacks at low speeds. #9733;#9733;#9733;

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Nissan 350Ti

From $46,990 dealer and on-road costs) priced. A robust but relaxing only soured by a big turning and outward visibility restricted by pillars. Price From (plus dealer and on-road

Volkswagen Passat 3.2 FSI 4 motion

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