Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{A Fitting Name} {for One Smooth Operator}; Impressive Inclusions to Sway the Buyers

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{A Fitting Name} {for One Smooth Operator}; Impressive Inclusions to Sway the Buyers

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THERE is a lot to be said for the choice in names. Jack and Oliver may be of the more traditional variety but still give the impression of strength and trustworthiness. Poppy and Summer conjure up images of laughter and carefree abandon, while the mere mention of Fred or Marge catapults me into a 70s style lounge all yellow, orange and brown.

So when you call a car Superb you know it will be a lot to live up to especially in Australia where no one is backward about coming forward.

Skoda, however, has taken the leap introducing the Superb, a large front-wheel drive vehicle available in two levels of trim and three drivetrain alternatives.

Comfort

The interior of the Skoda is quite a surprise.

Instead of the usual factory standard moulding, the dash is a combination of textured materials including brush aluminium and wooden inlays which are quite pleasing to the eye.

It is obvious Skoda has opted for style over economy, or at least, that is the illusion created.

The BMW-esque instrument panel is both simple and informative and the large digital display touch screen is easy to navigate.

Heated electronic seats glide out to a steering wheel that is both reach and rake adjustable making for the optimum driving position.

Head and legroom is impressive, especially at the back.

Rear seat passengers can stretch out in comfort even when the front seats are pushed to the maximum.

The Skoda is narrower than comparable large cars though, so the back seat is far more suited to two adults than three.

On the road

Both the TDI and V6 deliver much smoother and more comfortable rides than we have come to expect from some European offerings.

They showed plenty of composure over rough surfaces with the 18-inch alloys giving a feeling of stability and safety.

The road-hugging capability and steering response is good with the V6, a tad more nose heavy than the diesel.

As with its Volkswagen cousins the diesel's common-rail 125kW engine was refined and powerful hustling the car along at a brisker pace than expected.

The DSG transmission is a boon to both engines and allows the Superb to creep smoothly through slow traffic rather than lurch forward in stop-start fashion.

We've grown quite partial to modern diesels and were impressed by the frugality and performance of Skoda's offering, but the V6 is certainly no lightweight.

It is a thirstier machine, as is its wont, but delivers tremendous punch for the buck.

The Euro-style suspension is a bit firm but the Skoda handles, well, superbly dismissing corners and eating up the kilometres during longer journeys.

At the heart of the V6's performance is a fourth generation Haldex clutch which monitors traction electronically. Under normal driving conditions 100% of the torque is sent to the front axle but depending on the traction and what is being asked at the accelerator, the clutch system diverts torque to the rear wheels as slip is detected from the front. …

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