2016 Skoda Superb

The name says it all; the 2016 Skoda Superb is something
special according to the automaker. With such a nametag, there
is basically little or no room for error. The automaker’s
flagship model, now entering its third generation embodies the
company’s ambitions.

As such, miscalculation at this level would translate into
ridicule. Even though the pressure was immense, the Czech-based
VW subsidiary has managed to deliver a really “superb’ machine
on 4 wheels.

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2016 Skoda Superb Exterior

The new model will be offered in five trim levels which are the
entry S, mid level SE and SE Business and top levels SE L
Executive and Laurin & Klement. The Superb just like with
other recent Skoda and Volkswagen cars is based on the MQB
architecture.

The vehicle stretches 486.1 cm long, 146.8 cm wide and has a
height of 186.4 cm. This means the vehicle is 4.7 cm wider and
2.8 cm longer than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase is also 80
mm longer. To give justice to its nametag, Skoda has carefully
designed the Superb.

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From a distance, the 2016 Skoda Superb in fact looks like an
Audi sedan. At the front, the vehicle is dominated by a large
chromed grille flanked by headlights featuring projector lights
and LED DRLs. On the sides, the vehicle features a high
waistline that stretches all the way to the rear and has a
glass house that resembles that of the Octavia. At the rear,
the vehicle features LED taillights, a boot lid spoiler and
sharper edges as well as a modified bumper.

The base model rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, 17-inch for the
SE trim and 18-inch alloy wheels for higher trims.

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2016 Skoda Superb Interior

On the inside, you will find a modified interior which has a
larger cabin space compared to the outgoing model. The cabin is
well laid out. Passengers will experience plenty of head and
legroom and still plenty of cargo space i.e. 625 L which
increases to 1,760 when the rear seats are folded down.

The trunk is operated by a Virtual pedal which allows one to
open it by just waving your foot under the rear bumper. You
will find a similar system on the Ford Kuga and VW
Passat.

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There are a host of storage compartments including a front and
rear door pockets, cup-holders, storage nets as well as a
storage compartment for a tablet in the front armrest. The base
S trim comes with a 6.5-inch touch-screen with Bluetooth
connectivity, a DAB digital radio, air conditioning and a
leather wrapped steering wheel.

The SE adds cruise control, rear parking sensors, a dual-zone
climate control and Smartlinnk system for Smartphone
integration. The SE Business adds Alcantara upholstery on the
seats, tinted windows, front and rear parking sensors. This
trim is particularly aimed at corporate clients.

 

The Executive SE L trim features leather upholstery, satellite
navigation, heated front seats and an 8-inch touch-screen. The
top L$K trim offers premium luxury including a 3-zone climate
control, heated rear seats, a Canton audio system and a number
of driver-assist systems like parking assist and lane-keeping
assist.

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Engine Specs

For the 2016 model year, the 3.6 L, V-6 engine whose models
were slow selling has been dropped. But still, there remain
plenty of drive-trains, 7 in total.

There are 4 turbocharged gasoline engines and 3 turbocharged
diesel drive-trains. The base 1.6 L diesel engine delivers 118
hp while the top 2.0 L gasoline engine pumps 276 hp. These
engines will have a 30% better fuel efficiency compared to the
outgoing models. The lineup also includes a 1.6 L Greenline
diesel engine which comes with a tax-exemption due to its
excellent CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km.

The automaker claims that this engine has a fuel economy of
76.4 mpg. Most engines will be offered in FWD with only select
models featuring AWD and automatic DSG transmission system. The
lineup will also feature a plug-in hybrid in the near future
according to Skoda.

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Price and release date

The base model will have a starting price of around $ 30,000.
The model was scheduled to go on sale before the end of this
year. So some markets might still get lucky and get the model
before the year ends but most will receive the model early next
year.

Competition

In addition to competing with the traditional rivals such as
the Honda
Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat, Honda has set
it target on the more posh brands like the Lexus ES and Hyundai Genesis.