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Old 8th April 2010, 18:37   #16
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Here is my opinion. The opinion of a layman who usually hardly drives. Don't laugh, really.
  • The Superb has a brilliant back seat. For someone who is chauffeur driven, it feels rich and plush. In comparison the rear seat of the Passat is far from special. In fact there is nothing in the back seat to do except sit. Even to change the song on the head unit one must lean forward. Stupid.
  • The VW Passat has an electronic rear sun shade. The superb requires you to manually pull it up.
  • The seats of the VW are body hugging. Racing seat types. Raised lips on both ends. Comfortable if you're being tossed around in a high speed vehicle. Not comfortable at all if you have a big bum.
  • The Superb looks like a rich mans car. Long, stately etc. The Passat is more understated and looks well, like a nice sporty-kinda car.
  • The Skoda has an umbrella inside the rear door.
  • Both cars have these fancy Xenons that turn with the steering.
  • Both have sunroofs. I think the superb has more bells and whistles.
The Skoda Superb with 1.8TSi with the 7 speed DSG gearbox costs 60 thousand rupees more than the VW Passat 1.8TSi manual.

The Passat no longer has a choice of interior. Earlier one could choose the interior between all-black, black-grey, beige and so on.
Now it is wood panel and super light beige. No choice no more. Beige and wood it is for ALL colours (including white and silver) except when you buy a black car. Then you get black interiors by default.

And they're NOT willing to offer black interiors on any other colour, no matter who you know.

The Skoda is well... a Skoda. And the VW is a Volkswagen!

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Old 8th April 2010, 18:47   #17
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In fact there is nothing in the back seat to do except sit. Even to change the song on the head unit one must lean forward. Stupid.
Correct me if I am wrong but even the Superb does not have any audio controls on the back seat. The only controls are for AC and there is a clock/temperature display at the back.

By the way you missed the "Lounge step" in the rear (Superb)
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I wonder what members think of the Superb 1.8 TSI M/T vis-a-vis the VW 1.8 TSI Passat? VW dealers claim that the VW has more features than the Superb? Example, keyless entry, hill descent control, etc.
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There is concern about the effectiveness of the rear a/c of the Superb. Can members throw more light on the issue? Is this a/c less powerful than say that of the Passat/Accord?
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There is concern about the effectiveness of the rear a/c of the Superb. Can members throw more light on the issue? Is this a/c less powerful than say that of the Passat/Accord?
I drove the Superb TSi last year. The A/C was struggling and the salesman first blamed it on faulty settings, i put it at min temp with Dual mode and recirculation off, still i could not find any considerable improvement.

I was talking to someone who owns a Passat and he claimed the AC is weak.

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I have been in a Superb and as mentioned, the comfort is unbeatable. I however didnt like the noise that was audible while in the passenger seat in a diesel Superb. The noise was a constant drone and was irritating. Could be because the audiowsystem was switched off but still it doesnt speak well of Skoda's NVH
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There is concern about the effectiveness of the rear a/c of the Superb. Can members throw more light on the issue? Is this a/c less powerful than say that of the Passat/Accord?
Yes the rear air circulation has some issues in normal setup. This has been noted elsewhere in other ownership threads. What you can do is set the front blowers at half open position to improve rear air flow. Also when set in AUTO mode the A/C is too aggressive to cut itself off. It is better to set the blower speed manually to position 3 or 4 once cabin is cool enough. When set to AUTO it would go to 2 or may be even 1 at times.
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