A couple of years ago, in the spring, I traveled to Karelia. The trip was spontaneous, from the chaotic and surprisingly memorable. And provoked her car which was on my test – Skoda Superb. It was a hatchback with front wheel drive and a two-liter engine capacity of 220 forces. With known to many tricky double clutch transmission DSG7.
Then I found that “Superba”, as ordered, connected my (and not only) favorite qualities: responsive, peppy engine, capable of accelerating a solid five-meter car in any mode of motion, efficiency, near-perfect ergonomics “from VW” and, of course, immense trunk, which climbed all that there is decided to stuff the wife. In her opinion, we were vital not only car fridge, but a bunch of rags, a couple of thermochromic, a couple of large thermoses, coffee and sugar, a couple of packs of iced tea, three tubs with potable water, private coffer with a repellent… well, an incredible amount of seemingly useful things that eventually drove us for two weeks without a case, but took all 584 litres of boot. Although… all types of repellents in Karelia is, as it is now pleasant to say, must have: if you do not prepare, insects, especially midges can be a serious problem.
The only thing that then in the car I was not satisfied, no four-wheel drive. At Medvezhiegorsk we wanted to leave the asphalt and drive up to the lake. The path was clearly not for simple cars – a couple of times I slipped on the seemingly harmless drops, and the track had to move literally “whisper” – if the wheels come off extruded ATVs earthen bumpers, Superb with a ground clearance of 164 mm (in equipped and less) precisely to lay down on his belly. Yes, important point: at that time in Karelia, it was dry and Sunny. After rain in the area, I would not put it even on the “Kodiak”…
And now, after just two years, the Czechs have reported that the “shortcomings” Superb fixed: sale deduce Scout version with increased ground clearance and all-wheel drive! It seems to me that the best option for family travel does not come up. Especially if a large part of the route on normal roads where you don’t need lock and “panjika”.
First, the Scout will be issued with a station wagon. It is more practical: the amount of Luggage there is not much more – 660 vs 574 liters, but with folded rear seats available for 1950 litres. And I don’t think someone will work to fill them. About aesthetics a moot point, but I think that is Superb in one of the most beautiful wagons on the market, and in the version of Scout with black plastic on the lower perimeter of the body, aluminum roof rails and 19’s rims it looks really expensive and luxurious.
Secondly, the ground clearance increased by 15 mm in total we have 179 mm. is quite Good, but the values taken by the crossovers does not hold. And here it is important to remember: this is not a SUV and for good deeds, away from the asphalt of the Superb Scout is not designed. All the “scout” accessories give you the ability to sometimes leave the asphalt, just like it was in my Karelian trip. “Scout” I’d feel a little more confident and perhaps would be able to drive a little closer to shore.
In the interior of the new wood inserts in the cabin and the interior of legkomoyuschayasya bright material. And the Alcantara order – as it was in the test machine. Faux suede soft to the touch and dirty is not as hard as you might think – thanks to the specially impregnation care of Alcantara seats will cause trouble no more, than leather.
Motors, the new product will only be a two-litre: petrol 272 HP at 350 Nm diesel 190 and 400 Nm. Box – all the same “robot” DSG dual clutch. About the last I can say one thing: if you buy a new car from salon, problems before the end of the warranty with box will not. Moreover, the Germans, responsible for the development of this complex site, has perfected the design and now the DSG no problem “walking” on 200 000 km without repair. And advantages over traditional torque Converter has not been canceled: continuous traction to the wheels and noticeable fuel economy. Both I have repeatedly pointed out during the tests of different models of Skoda. Manage traction very easily – pressed like and went. In addition, I was not feeling that under the hood is clearly more than the declared value of “HP” – Superb overclock very convincing. In the version of Scout has a special mode to Off Road Mode, as already known Kodiaq – it changes the reaction of the car on the fuel supply and the stability system simulates locking differentials, podtormazhivaya skidding wheels.
The Superb suspension is very soft. I’m sure the Czechs will retain its settings, and after restyling, and it’s wonderful. Even with mi-19 wheels on low-profile rubber nasty patches on the pavement willing to swallow the chassis and practically do not reach the body. Acoustic comfort is also excellent, but during that visit to assess the noise it was hard for me because all the time in the salon played music from my phone. Acoustics Canton, announced and for the Superb Scout, well reveal all the details of my favorite songs.
It turned out as something cheesy, right? All because I can’t find cons in a Superb Scout. He I unconditionally love… yet. Most likely, exactly to the moment when the Russian representative office Skoda will unveil the price in rubles. I think that’s when the rapture will seriously subside. At the moment, the Superb wagon with all-wheel drive costs from 2.6 to 3 million rubles. Scout will definitely be more expensive by a couple hundred thousand.