Excellent car with one flaw (depending on where you are coming from)
If you like Volkswagen Passats, then Skoda Superb is a smarter choice. The same parts, same chassis with a different badge, some cleaver design for much less money. This means you can kit out the Superb to a much higher level for the same money as a Passat.
If I had one complaint it would be NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness). While its no worse than the Passat, it seems that WV has been skimping on noise-control in the cabins lately (meaning dampening of the sheet metal, foam, padding, thinner glass etc where it can soak up road noise on coarse ...chip Australian roads). More road noise and vibration than you would expect (even with DCC). I think this has to do with weight reduction initiatives to improve fuel economy. NVH is made worse by the rush by manufacturers to fit 18-19" tyres on these things. They really should stick with 16-17" for Australian roads. All this is relative of course, depending on what you have been driving and expectations. I recently hired a 2019 Holden Commodore with the same tyres 235/45R18 and it was significantly worse than the Superb for NVH on coarse chip roads. However, as a daily drive, I came from an older generation Passat, that was simply a league above the modern counterparts in terms of NVH. The TLDR here, is don't expect European luxury car levels of NVH here. On the other hand, ride comfort and chassis control on the Superb is definitely a significant step up. DCC is awesome. Anyhow, make no mistake, I am nit-picking here, it's a great car. Just when everything else is almost perfect you start looking at details more closely. Definitely worth putting on your short list for a test-drive one to see if it's for you. If you do, make sure to drive it on some coarse-chip roads at 110 km/hr.
Purchased in February 2019.
|Category||Cars and Wagons|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||66 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||162kW @ 6200rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 1500-4400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Czech Republic|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2015|
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