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Journeys : April May 2010
Lindy George She says Skoda Superb Volkswagen Group's Skoda vehicles only recently ar rived in Tasmania and now that I've experienced the drive, I've decided that the Skoda Superb is aptly named. Since 1991, Skoda vehicles have been powered by V W engines and feature V W technology. The Superb comes standard with all the equipment you would expect from a $50,000 plus vehicle, but it's the extras that m ake the Superb ..... well, superb! The 2.0 litre TDI engine delivered fuel economy of 5.5L /100km on the open road. The 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) and the turbo-charged diesel engine combine for a powerful drive with a seamless gear change. Nine air bags are standard -- front driver and passenger, driver's knee, front and rear side and curtain. ESP stabilisation with EDL (electronic differential lock), HBA (hydraulic brake assistance) including ABS, EBD, ASR with hill hold control, rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring and auto-dimming rear view mirror all add to your safety. But it's the attention to detail that really impressed me. The Twin Door system allows you to either open just the boot for smaller items or, for the larger load, you can open the rear boot including the window just like a hatch (fortunately they had the foresight to include a handle, otherwise there's no way I could have closed it!) By folding the rear seats, the boot space increases from 565 litres to a massive 1670 litres. The Bi-Xenon headlights include AFS (Adaptive Frontlight System). This autom atically adapts to driving conditions, swivelling and changing the illuminated surface depending on speed and driving conditions. The Superb also has auto wipers with a sen sitivity-setting rain sen sor that regulates the break between wiper strokes depending on the intensity of the rain -- and we certainly tested that out on our trek. Inside, there's a heap of room for driver and passengers. Dual-zone climate control with a pollen filter kept us all comfy, as did the heated seats in both front and rear (for the control freak, passengers in the rear can adjust their ow n). The electrically- adjustable driver's seat will hold three positions in its memory -- an excellent feature if you share the drive. Both driver and passenger seats have lumbar support that not only enlarges and reduces cur vature but also adjusts the cur vature higher or lower -- so if you can't get comfortable with that option, there's something seriously wrong! There's plenty of storage -- my personal favourite is an umbrella compartment in the left-rear door designed to drain water out of the vehicle from your sodden brolly. If only I had realised this before our wet-weather test-drive! The moral of the Skoda story is to study your m anual (are you listening, guys?), set everything to 'auto' and enjoy the drive. ANCAP Rating ★★★★★ Green Vehicle Rating ★★★½ Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment Safety Drive Package includes ROADSIDE ADVANTAGE cover and discounts on vehicle inspections, car insurance and RACT Batteries. Defensive Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5644 Devonport 6421 1944 Burnie 6434 2944 L P 6253 www.ract.com.au April / May 10 32
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