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Old 18th April 2009, 08:42   #106
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The left RVM feature is Automatic, i have it in my A4, no settings required for the same i believe.
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Old 18th April 2009, 10:29   #107
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The left RVM feature is Automatic, i have it in my A4, no settings required for the same i believe.
Isn't there anyway to manually override this feature? In case one needs to look straight back and not down at the ground.
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Looks like AFS lighting is worth having it. All those lights just adds to another reason in making one feel special about the car. Afterall how many cars have these features.

Prof@ Can you give the feedback on driving impression of this limo. Also, How responsive is this 1.8 Petrol engine on the highways?? What's the mileage you getting on it?
ALso, like to know can the pedal shift be used in drive mode too or just in the sport mode/triptronic mode??
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The Paddles can be used in any mode. Even in D mode if you tap the paddles they will work. In D mode however if you forget a downshift, it will go back to auto mode. Alternatively if you press the paddles and want to go back to full auto, you just have to press the right paddle for 3 secs to override manual and switch back to auto.
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Congrats for the new car & thanks for the great pictures.

Just curious - I see that the digital speedo on dash showing speed in "MPH", is it possible to change that to "KMPH"?
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Looks like AFS lighting is worth having it.
I agree, it feels like a "light stage", very dramatic and leaves a great impression on guests.

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Prof@ Can you give the feedback on driving impression of this limo. Also, How responsive is this 1.8 Petrol engine on the highways?? What's the mileage you getting on it?
It feels very solid, and I think it has less roll and bounce than the 2008 Accord, which I test drove.

Even in without using paddle shifts, the car is very responsive, but I've learned how to give the gearshifter its 'cues' with the accelerator pedal, revving up or down for a short second to tease the gearshift into changing.

I havent gotten used to the paddle shifts, feels unnatural to me as I am a quick shift artist

I took the Superb to Pune on expressway. Managed a comfortable 140kmph for the most part, even my wife didnt notice. At 140, the car feels like very safe, its above 140 that the engine noise, the roll and wind dynamics start getting noticed. My wife is like a human speed limiter, she doesnt care how fast I go, only when she starts feeling the edginess (is it the slight g-forces?) of high acceleration does she complain.

Sport mode is insanely geared, and very easy to redline every shift. But sport mode also exposes the obvious weakness of such a small engine- revs are high and noisy, and after 140kmph (which is my mental upper limit on any car driving in India) it feels breathless.
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I took the Superb to Pune on expressway. Managed a comfortable 140kmph for the most part, even my wife didnt notice. At 140, the car feels like very safe, its above 140 that the engine noise, the roll and wind dynamics start getting noticed. My wife is like a human speed limiter, she doesnt care how fast I go, only when she starts feeling the edginess (is it the slight g-forces?) of high acceleration does she complain.

Sport mode is insanely geared, and very easy to redline every shift. But sport mode also exposes the obvious weakness of such a small engine- revs are high and noisy, and after 140kmph (which is my mental upper limit on any car driving in India) it feels breathless.

So it can be said that the car may feel little underpowered? It's the high speeds where the smaller engine has their limitations. No doubt that aid in better mileage figures but it's the highway speed which I feel speaks a lot about the engine. Autocar in their test stated that it manages to touch 150 in just under 20 sec. That's fast. But, if the engine gets noisy it makes you think twice whether you pushing her to the limit before actually pushing her. I was expecting her to be smoother and less noiser being a direct fuel injection.
I have been thinking of getting one but not sure to go in for petrol or diesel. It's the drivability that matters to me and puts me off against the diesel for it's noise. Already have TDI PD fabia so can vouch on how noisy it gets.
Anyways will be taking the test drive on monday and would know what's best.

Hows the Fuel average by the way ?

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Hi, long time reader first time poster. I finally have a car worth talking about, hell, worth gushing and droolin' about!

On 27th March I took delivery of a 2009 Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI from Skoda Autobahn in Worli. This was after a prolonged and detailed comparison with the 2008 Honda Accord 'Inspire' trim model.
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Congrats, nice buy Prof . Do let us know the After Sales Experience with Skoda as that is the only thing holding lot of people from buying this car.

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Old 18th April 2009, 16:51   #114
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Great to read your updates. Prof, would you have bought the 260 BHP AWD Superb or would it have been over budget / low FE / other reasons? No one would call ya "boring" with that beast in your garage
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Old 18th April 2009, 20:08   #115
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Franky , not many people would really know the difference, it's only us who actually bother about the Torque, the BHP and the adrenaline. For the most part, any superb would be slotted a superb , with people just assuming a skoda to be diesel. Okay, a departure to this could be a stray tendril of thought involving the million dollar question "Mileage kya hai?".


About the manual over ride for the dipping down function for the mirrors, i havent actually bothered fooling about with the MMI for the same. It's actually usefull when your parking near the Kerb. It does not dip much anyways.
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Hey BP make sure that u got two footrests for the rear passengers along with the mudflaps and 4 pc matting!
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Franky , not many people would really know the difference, it's only us who actually bother about the Torque, the BHP and the adrenaline. For the most part, any superb would be slotted a superb , with people just assuming a skoda to be diesel.
Well, the only difference would be the quad tail ends, 4x4 badge at the back to spot the difference. And ofcourse once it starts racing pass all the others.
Given a choice if I have to choose one would choose the V6 if the fuel was sponsored How many cars are available here with 4 wheel drive 260hp in it's price bracket? Nevertheless it's wise to watch out for a year for any issues popping up with it.
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the suggested left OVRM dipping setting should be always on in your MFD settings.
flick the ovrm adjuster knob to the different positions available and you will know how to "manually override it"
hope this helps - else feel free to drop me a PM
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You can open it with the remote on the key FOB..
still no reason not to provide a switch in the cabin. Are you guys sure? It seems like an odd thing to leave out.
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Unfortunately I missed this thread till now.

Congratulations Prof on your excellent purchase. I saw the new Superb at the bash for it's release in Hyderabad and loved it. I brushed away suggestions that I buy it with the justifications - too big - too soft, etc. Now the V6 4X4 (quatrro) is tempting me.

The list of features is quite endless and it will take you a while to figure them all out. If it is anything like the one for the Laura, the owner's manual though is a good starting point and will have tonnes of information on how to change settings, turn on or off features etc. If you are in the mood, you can spend a whole rainy day or two playing with the MFD and all the settings.

About the lock for the dickie (boot). The Skodas have a electro-mechanical locking device. The dickie can be unlocked from inside by merely touching a button. I do this and then growl at the pesky security guys - "Khulla hai" (trying my best to sound like a feudal lord addressing a dim-witted serf my impression of Amrish Puri playing thakur-saab?). This normally has two or three of them scurry to open it, check and get me going. If it is a police check though, I get out and open it for them as one cannot trust them to get anything right and I do not relish the thought of them trying 3rd degree methods on my car.

Enjoy the wonderful car, drive safe and please do keep us posted.

Cheers,
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