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Skoda Superb 2013 OverviewOne of the best selling cars in its segment, the Superb has been the proud flagship product for the Czech carmaker Skoda. The second generation car did better than the first generation model, and set the foundation for the latest version, the 2014 Superb, which takes the game forward from here.
Being a Skoda, it comes with all the goodness this brand is famous for. There's the great build quality, the overall looks are very decent, and there's no lack of space in this upper D-segment sedan. Apart from all that, the various engine options included the frugal 2.0 TDI diesel units (earlier PD and later CR versions), a 1.8TSI petrol unit, and a short-lived but enthusiasts' favourite 3.6-litre V6 petrol motor.
While this car is no longer available (thanks to the new 2014 Skoda Superb, which has succeeded it), this vehicle still makes a good sense in the used car market.
Skoda Superb 2013 ExteriorOn the outside, this second generation model gave Superb a more well-known identity, unlike the first generation car which had traits of Audi design in it. Having said that, the design is still very 'Skoda' – a subtle and not too loud, while functional and influential at the same time.
It has a certain charm that not many cars in the segment have. The headlamps look beautiful, the three creases on the bonnet imposing, and the front bumper a bit dull. Coming to the sides, it's a pretty long car, the Superb, and that catches your attention easily. It is almost 5-meters long, and while the well proportioned side profile makes the best effort to hide the length, the sheer presence of the car gives it away.
The rear, like the rest of the car, is slightly understated. There's not much going around here as well, and Skoda has kept it simple too. The chunky C-pillar catches attention very easily and remains to be one of the easily reminded features of the car.
Skoda Superb 2013 InteriorThe car is big on the outside and that means that it should be great in terms of interior (and boot) space too. The dashboard layout may be a bit simple for your liking, but usage of wood breaks the monotony, and it surely looks premium. The fit and finish of the switchgear is right there with the Skoda standard, and the same can be said about the leather upholstery too. Rear seat comfort is top-notch, with great amount of space, adequate support from the seats, and footrests.
Equipment levels are pretty decent too. There's a 2-DIN touchscreen entertainment system with controls available on the steering wheel. To complement all that, there's some decent storage space too.
That brings us to the boot. The chunky C-pillar is there for a purpose; much like the Octavia (and Laura), this car has an openable hatch. But if you aren't in the mood to swing open that huge tail-gate, the loading bay can be accessed in a sedan-like opening too. This, called Twindoor boot, is one thing that makes Superb more special than the competition.
Skoda Superb 2013 Engine & TransmissionWhile updates continued to pour in during the model cycle, Skoda offered two engine options, a 2.0 TDI diesel and a 1.8 TSI petrol, with the Superb. There was also a 3.6-litre V6 petrol available for some time, which caught enthusiasts' attention and was an instant favourite. Low demand from the masses meant the engine was discontinued, while the other two soldiered on.
As for the transmission options, there was a manual transmission available on the petrol and automatics on both petrol and diesel. The automatic 'boxes in question were a 7-speed DSG unit for petrol and a 6-speed unit for the diesel. Both the engines sent power to the front wheels, unlike the Superb V6, which got a 4x4 system and a 6-speed gearbox.
Skoda Superb 2013 MileageThe earlier 2.0 TDI PD diesel engine returned a slightly lower fuel economy than the newer 2.0TDI CR unit. A figure close to 17kmpl was achievable. That for a car of this size and stature is respectable.
The petrol engine (1.8 TSI) is said to return somewhere close to 13kmpl, both for manual and automatic. The performance oriented 3.6 V6 engine clearly wasn't for those who were looking for low running costs, especially since it all it could manage was a sub-10kmpl at max.
Skoda Superb 2013 Braking and SafetyOther than the solid built of the car, there are a few active systems ready to aid the driver. There's the usual ABS, EBD, and a total of eight airbags available on the car. Cornering lights (lights that alter their beams in order to focus on what lies ahead) were also available on the car.
The car's braking system is powerful and can drop speed at an impressive pace.
Skoda Superb 2013 Performance and HandlingSkoda cars have been pretty decent handlers, be it the first generation Octavia or the Yeti, and the Superb is no different. Both the two front-wheel-drive options (diesel and petrol) offer acceptable levels of grip, but it's the 4x4 V6 that gets the crown of being the best handler.
Performance-wise the two engines are decent, but not anywhere close to the more powerful V6. The 1.8 TSI is powerful but silent at normal road speeds, while the 2.0 TDI CR makes a more little noise (the older PD unit is further noisier!).
What do we think about Skoda Superb 2013?The 2014 Skoda Superb is an upgrade from this car, but this one can still be a good option, if you are looking at the used car market. There are plenty of these available at lucrative prices, but care has to be taken while buying one.
The V6 is the most powerful version, but lacks the practicality of a diesel. The petrol, on the other hand, is low on power but still is fun. The 2.0 TDI CR engine (the later diesel) is the one to go for, in case you're looking for an oil-burner.
Skoda isn't the most reputed brand when it comes to after-sales servicing, but a well kept example shouldn't be too difficult to find.
Skoda Superb 2013 CompetitorsGiven its positioning, the car did attract competition from the upper D-segment rivals like the Accord and Camry, similarly priced SUVs like the Fortuner, and fully loaded versions of lower D-segment cars. It managed to fend them off well, and that's why the sales of the Superb were very decent.
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