The new third-generation 2016 Skoda Superb, the B8. Spending any amount of time behind the wheel swiftly justifies both the nomenclature and the model code on symbolic levels, because this car feels a few generations ahead of its predecessor.
Right off the bat, perish any thoughts of Skoda being just a cut-price Volkswagen. The Superb is now priced near some premium cars, though specified above most and more spacious than any. A ‘thinking person’s’ option, indeed.
But the features list is extremely strong. Tthe entry-level petrol and diesel models get the following: Alcantara seats; 18-inch alloys; heated front seats; privacy glass; an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto plus all the other connectivity; a reverse-view camera; adaptive cruise control; three-zone climate control; nine airbags; and umbrellas inside both front doors. Classic Superb, there.
The standardisation of the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto app integration is fantastic, as is the integrated navigation software and the screen’s general responsiveness. However, one of our test cars had a software glitch where the screen would simply not display (the audio still worked, though).
The B8 Superb is a larger car than before, with a few centimetres more rear elbow room and headroom. The vast amounts of legroom carry over unchanged from the old model, making this new Superb an altogether nicer experience in the rear.
Back seat occupants get standard features including vents with temperature control, sun blinds, coat hooks, an iPad holder and multiple storage areas. There’s little doubt that valet drivers will again look keenly at the Superb.
Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016