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A cheaper version of Skoda Superb launched

Last updated on: April 19, 2012 17:37 IST

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Mansi Malhotra and E Umesh

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he Skoda Superb Ambition has finally reached the Indian markets.

Though the soft launch took place April 16, the official ceremony announcing the launch happened on Wednesday.

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Image: Thomas Kuehl, Brand Head, Skoda Auto India.
Photographs: Courtesy, Skoda India

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The Superb Ambition is a cut price version from the house of Skoda. It offers luxury saloon car features at a competitively low price.

The petrol version which is powered by a 1.8 litre TSI engine is priced at Rs 17.66 lakh, whereas the 2.0 litre TDI diesel version is priced at Rs 22.07 lakh (both prices ex-showroom Mumbai).

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The features that would be missing in this car would be the Bi-xenon cornering headlamps, touch-screen central console with 6-CD changer unit, front parking sensors, electric sunroof and hill hold and hill descent system.

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But this is justified because of the enormous price cut that Skoda is offering.

Skoda might have compromised on its luxury features but they certainly have not compromised on the safety and comfort features of this latest trim.

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The car would be loaded with the ABS with EBD and airbags for the safety of the driver and front co-passenger.

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Ambition variant is launched in petrol as well as diesel variant.

The petrol trim is driven by a turbocharged 1.8 litre TSI engine capable of sitting out 160 bhp of max power at 4500-6200 rpm while the diesel motor is a common rail 2 litre unit with turbocharger having self-aligning blades.

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This mighty motor churns out 140 bhp of power at 4200 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 1750-2500 rpm.

The patrol motor is coupled to manual 6-speed fully synchronised transmission which delivers a mileage of 13.1 kmpl, as per Skoda.

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The other option is an automatic 7-speed DSG with Tiptronic manual gear changing system and this engine delivers 13.7 kmpl.

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On the other hand the diesel engine is just mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with dual clutch and Tiptronic manual gear changing.

All the models are front wheel drives.

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With Superb Ambition, Skoda India is hoping to get flattering results which would help them achieve their sales targets and increase their popularity.

This seems to be a good move by them since their sibling; the Volkswagen cars in India are riding the popularity charts with a great speed.

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They have been in news because of the excellent performance that their cars, like Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Polo have been delivering.

The Volkswagen India is coming up with their new Volkswagen Jetta petrol version in the coming few weeks.

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Comparison between Superb and Passat

When compared to VW Passat, which comes from the stable of the parent firm, Skoda Superb is quite cheaper.

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Both VW Passat and Skoda Superb offer decent mileage. Skoda Superb comfortably delivers 9.4 kmpl of mileage in the city and 13.2 km per litre on the highway.

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On the other hand, Volkswagen Passat gives an impressive mileage of 11.5 km per litre in the city and 13 kmpl on the highways.

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The Euro NCAP has rated both VW Passat and Skoda Superb with 5-star rating.

But when it comes to the price Skoda Superb costs a neat Rs 300,000 less compared to Volkswagen Passat price.

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If you compare the images of both Passat and Superb, the latter looks more a saloon than a sedan.

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As far as the interiors of these sedans are concerned, both feature highly classy and chic interiors.

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VW Passat comes with ample of comfort features like efficient air conditioning, USB connectivity and rear camera for reversing, electrically operated sun glint for the rear windscreen, massage seats and so on.

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Skoda Superb sports plenty of comfort features as well like electrically operated sunroof, dual zone climate control, touch screen music system, highly comfortable interiors, airbags etc.

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But it sadly misses out on USB connectivity and electrically operated sun glint for the rear windscreen.

However, it does have manually operated sun glint for the rear windscreen.




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