Great Skoda 2016 review
Skoda is like an ugly Kardashian. It shares the same parent company (Volkswagen Group) as Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen, but its cars are no longer pleasing to the eye. However, the new generation Skoda Exclusive shares many of the same technological DNA of its more famous brethren but there is more to the eye.
This is the third generation of Skodaùi’s large flagship car. The last great generation is big, this new generation is longer and wider. Skoda has also increased the wheelbase. and the end result is more shoulder room and leg room. The boot size has increased by 60 liters, with a whopping 625 liters in the sedan and 660 liters in the wagon.
To put that in perspective, Holden Commodore is about 8cm longer and 3cm wider but its sedan has a boot capacity of 495 liters. That’s because Commodore doesn’t have an open door, but is also great at using Volkswagen Group’s MQB architecture – its expandable platform can be shortened or stretched. Therefore, Super uses an extended Golf platform. This is the same formula used for the new Passat, but the Skoda is 94mm longer, 32mm wider and has a 50mm wheelbase.
Skoda has also improved the Super Super appearance, previewed the styling of the camera with Vision C Concept last year. The car now has a more coupe-like profile by removing the hump shape from the back of the roof. The sedan and wagon now look better, but you still don’t say they are gorgeous.
Removing the current three-level range is gasoline $ 39,990 162TSI. It raises the price by $ 8000 compared to the starting price from the previous generation – but Skoda has fitted the entry vehicle with more standard features and a more powerful engine – but more later. Buyers can then step up to the 140TDI diesel engine for $ 43,990 and topping the range is the 206TSI four-wheel drive petrol engine for $ 50,990. All three can get a carriage for an extra $ 1700.
Each engine offers a different trim level and it all comes only with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. 162TSI has a 2.0-liter 162kW / 350Nm four-cylinder petrol engine and sees a combined fuel consumption of 6.4L / 10km; 140TDI has a 2.0-liter 140kW / 400Nm four-cylinder engine and returns 4.8L / 100km; while 206TSI was offered a more powerful version of the four petrol, generating 206kW and 350Nm with 7.3L / 100km.
Skoda says that the price hike is justified by the extras. They are not sclerotic. Standard on entry vehicle is active cruise control, eight inch screen with satnav and reversing camera. It’s also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready, has three-zone climate control, heated front seats – electrically adjustable driver, front and rear parking sensors, Alcantara seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 18 alloy inch.
Skoda must think that we are all dolphins and need to keep pouring water on ourselves …
Then there’s a bunch of hidden rewards like the front door umbrellas (like Rolls-Royce), the tablet racks on the back on the front seats and between the back seats, retractable sunshades for the side windows After, plus the cargo area is equipped with mesh, hook, storage box and 12 volt power outlet.
Then there are the cupholders. Skoda must think that we are all dolphins and need to pour water for themselves because there is a 1.5 liter bottle holder at the front and rear doors, cup holder at rear armrest, cup holder front and Freezer compartment under armrest and gloves to keep your drinks cool.
The level of safety equipment is outstanding and we are still on the base vehicle, okay? There’s AEB front-end track tracking and will brake for collision avoidance, multi-collision braking system and nine airbags including front and rear seats, and fatigue detection.
The $ 4700 technology package adds blind spot monitoring and lane guidance, automatic parking, rear-traffic alert and Traffic Jam Assistant to help control, accelerate and brake in front bumper conditions.
Stepping up to 140TDI and 206TSI doesn’t really bring more kits – both have gearshift paddles, proximity keys, ambient LEDs and 19-inch wheels.
On the road
Based on the overall value, 162TSI seems to be the choice of the group and Skoda thinks this will be a big seller and most buyers will go for a car. That’s fine, because it’s the only variant we managed to drive in Australia’s awesome media launch.
The first impression slipped into the car? It smells like a Porsche cabin – I’m not kidding you! And just like an Audi. There are obviously some sharing providers going on in the VW Group. That’s good news for great owners, but less for those in a 911.
It was like meeting a quiet person in a polyester suit, looking like an accountant to find out he was a kung fu master.
If the Super 162TSI is an aircraft, then its cabin is a premium economy class.
We start in wagons on national highways. Merging into traffic 100km / h gave us the opportunity to stretch our legs. It’s a powerful 2.0-liter and throttle response is sharp yet very easy to control. Immediately the steering feels too light in any setting, but the wheel itself feels good and so does the seating position.
Even on a pavement that looks like cheese, the cabin is still very quiet – there is no roar on the chip and almost no wind. When the road becomes more rural and worse, the ride remains calm and relaxed.
Swapping in a convertible car, we were even more impressed with the excellent handling as we zigzag through the rain on the sleazy mountain roads. This goes down to the Super’s excellent chassis, though our vehicle doesn’t have an optional active dampers. DSG auto is awesome too. Our vehicle has been equipped with an optional change paddle, perfect for winding sections if you want to swap gears yourself.
Yes, Superman is an ugly Kardashian, but the latest model of Skoda is really talented.
Many Australians may see the name Wonderful as a separate trumpet, but fortunately, it is very good.
It’s hard to top 162TSI as a selection of the Great range. Value for money is excellent.
So if you think of stopping Volkswagen’s Passat car. The Super is bigger, has more sets and more powerful engines. If you look at an Audi A4 or A6, you probably shouldn’t. The excellent base specification is a bit smaller than the larger Audi, but it does quite a lot of things that less cars can do, and in some areas, Skoda offers more. Plus, it costs about $ 40K.