6 questions from our users
Is the car capable in snow conditions? Eg driving up to Falls Creek regularly.
The ability of a car to travel into snow is not so much about one passenger car Vs another. Front drive cars with modest ground clearance and city tyres will all be pretty much the same. What varies is tyre profile (i.e. 40 series / 50 series or the like) and whether you can fit chains or not. DO NOT get fooled by thinking that an AWD car (whether Skoda or any other brand) without chains can do better in snow than a car with chains or is in anyway "safe" in snow (just look in the panel beaters near ski fields). Most modern cars (including the Superb) have ABS and traction control, but if you hit ice on chain-less tyres (and remember there is often a very fine line between settled snow and ice), then these features aren't much help. These features are however pretty good if you have chains on.
Having driven rear drive with chains on back and front drive with chains on front, in snow and assuming you only had one set of chains, I'd stick with the front drive as steering and power are on the same set of wheels.
As for which cars can accommodate chains - refer to the manufacturer specs, but typically most of the ones with low profile tyres (50 series or less) will not be compatible with most cheap / rental chains.
As for whether a Skoda Superb is good on a mountain climb, then strong mid range torque is important and all engines in the range do well here, with the diesel and the V6 obviously better than the smaller turbo four.
Actually I am looking to buy superb Skoda. Usually drive over 5000km a month mostly around city so can I get suggestions that which engine patrol or diesel should I go
Your suggestion would be very valuable for me
That is a lot of Km. Usually a diesel is better in these circumstances. If you are leasing then I would take a 3 year lease at 40-50% balloon then think whether you want or need to turn it over. If you can obtain a 5 year warranty then go for 5 years with 25% balloon (residual). If Skoda are offering fixed servicing costs then take that too.
Yes definitely the diesel is the more efficient option. If smoothness and quietness are important then the petrol will be significantly more pleasant at idle and will offer more linear torque off idle and throughout the entire range, if you are a performance enthusiast there is no other choice other than petrol. If it were me, petrol!
I would recommend petrol as well as it's easier to obtain from petrol stations however, if you're planning on driving on muddy surfaces then disiel is the better option plus diesel is sludge and if you somehow get into a traffic collision - there's less chance of catching on fire
I am thinking to buy Skoda superb but have confusion about Engines diesel or petrol can anyone help me get on decision add on I drive about over 5000km/month
At 5,000km/mth I would buy a diesel. Servicing costs will be a lot less than a petrol car.
Your opinion is very valuable for me
We've done +70,000 with the 125kw diesel Superb - my first diesel, goes like a dream. (once you adjust to the double-clutch auto at take-off). Overall 5.3 lt/100kms (mostly country), and plenty of power when you need it. Some mechanics say that for city driving, petrol's the way to go due to diesel injectors clogging - but if you have your car serviced properly, it shouldn't be an issue.
I've been researching family cars and really like the sound of the Skoda Superb Wagon. I would love to get people's opinion on diesel V's Petrol? There doesnt seem to be as many secondhand diesels around, so I would love to know from current owners of both variations if it's worth the wait and also what the running costs actually are?
I normally drive a 6.0 Litre V8, the Skoda is my wife's car. To be honest, the Skoda very, very good. The Superb is a VW Passat for people who like comfort & luxury. The diesel has more power than you might think and in some ways it's better at delivering the power than my V8. The Skoda is averaging 6.3 L/Per 100Km no matter how it is driven and diesel fuel is constantly around $1.26, so the running cost is fairly cheap.
The other benefit of the Diesel is it has the 6 speed DSG gearbox. The petrol runs the 7 speed that has had many issues in the past, although I believe they have been fixed. Although we have the diesel, either engine is very good; the petrol is quieter and more refined while the diesel turns hills into flat roads. If you mainly stick to the city the petrol may be the better choice, on the highway I would pick the diesel.
The pick is the Elegance because it has all the comfort & refinement you would want, you feel a bit special driving it; makes my wife's last Mercedes feel a bit ordinary. The only downside to this car is the extra soft suspension when driving over undulating roads, reminds me of a car from 20 years ago, it floats. Although, the plus of the suspension is you don't feel any of the small bumps, even corrugated dirt roads feel smooth. Oh, and there is no reversing camera but one can be put in by a car audio specialist for around $700.
I suggest you test drive a new Passat and the Superb to get a feel of this type of car, then drive the VW Golf.... Yes the Golf. Of the three the Golf is the best to drive so it's a good reference point for any other car you are going to look at.
For me, the Superb Elegance (Second Hand) is better value than an equivalent Mercedes, BMW, Audi, etc. Don't worry to much about which engine to pick, can't go wrong with either one.
As already mentioned I started with a 2009 Skoda Superb 125kw diesel Elegance sedan which I purchased new and still have today. I now also own a 2014 Skoda Superb Outdoor 125kw diesel 4x4 Wagon. Your request about what engine I would recommend depends on what sort of driving you intend to do. The diesel is not really suitable for just doing short trips and low kilometres. That's when petrol engines come into their own, due to the fact that diesels tend to clog up their exhaust particle filters on doing short trips all the time. That said they can tolerate short trips along as you also throw in longer trips of say 50 km plus once a week to burn out the particles. This is a function that happens behind the scene by the engine running at normal running temperature for sustained periods. Petrol engines donot suffer quite as much from doing short trips.
All engines suffer the same initial wear during their warm up cycle, so for longer life of any internal combustion engine on any fuel type, the more you drive them after obtaining normal running temperature the wear factor is minimised.
So the answer it not that straight forward, as it really depends on the vehicles expected use. Diesels are certainly more torquey than equivalent petrol engines and are better suited for hauling family loads and towing. Sure petrol engines are more smooth at idle but once on move most people cannot detect the difference between the two.
The running cost between the two types also depends on how they are treated. Run properly after warming up, diesels can clock up massive distances, but so can petrol engines. At the end of the day it is your choice, but as has been said before, both engines used in Skoda Superbs are excellent and will be great to drive.
I heard the skoda cars parts expensive / does anyone know if the situation is true?
Not that I'm aware of
Depends what you are comparing to?
The normal standard cars such as proton, ford, Holden and Mitsubishi cars
Skoda parts are more expensive than those of the cars you listed, but you listed two very cheap, low-end brands that build cars as cheaply as possible, and two local brands that can keep prices low by not having import costs, so it's not a very straight comparison.
Compared to any other European brand or to any Japanese brand that still manufactures in Japan Skoda parts prices are average.
Currently looking around for a new car and the Superb has really caught my eye. I was keen on the Octavia (after reading about the 2014 Car of the Year reviews) but when I drove the Superb it just seemed so much more comfortable to me.
Living in rural Victoria most of my driving is highway and fuel economy and servicing costs are very important factors in my decision. My most recent drive has been Toyota vehicles. I agree Toyota vehicles are not overly exciting but mine is unbelievably reliable and cost of ownership is outstanding. Unfortunately I can't afford the TDI so I am looking at the Ambition TSI
I would love to hear from people who have owned a Superb for a few years about the servicing costs as I have heard Euro cars are quite expensive to maintain even for a basic service.
Hi best car I've owned
Love the space and the features
Drove 1000kms from a 60l tank with ease on trip to Melb from Adel
Rear leg room exceptional
I teally only use it as a hatch - one push of a button and the boot changes. Brilliant for prams cases golf clubs dead bodies etc etc
I don't think the service costs are that high - I've only ever owned Hondas and they want a 6 month check - Skoda is 12 months so all good there
The tires are good too 22k already and estimate at least another 8k plus to go
Will probably be the first car I've leased that I'll pay out the small balloon at the end and keep it for my wife as she had a Lexus RX330 and to be honest there's more than enough room in the skoda at half the running costs
Insurance is cheap too
SKODA do it right - fact is they have to whereas VW AND AUDI have enough status and credits out there
I'm sorry I can't offer much info on the cost of ownership as my car is a company vehicle and I very fortunately never see a bill for servicing. I know enough to know that they are not cheap to maintain if serviced at the dealer, but you can service them elsewhere and save money. I wouldn't keep any VW group car for more than 5 years because they start to fall apart.
Lots of Superbs seem to be sitting in dealer lots for a long time without finding a buyer. I think you could get a good deal on one. Press your luck when you're negotiating with the dealer. I overpaid for mine. They dropped the prices substantially a year or so after I bought mine. You can get an Elegance now for what you used to pay for an Ambition! My resale has been hammered.
These are nice cars on the highway. Very comfortable and composed. They handle well for a big FWD car. The front end turns in nice and you can almost feel the back end wanting to come out a little, I really like the chassis balance. For such a big, FWD car with a big cast iron diesel engine the front end has really nice sharp turn in.
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