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Spec comparo: 2016 Skoda Superb vs Toyota Camry vs Audi A3 vs Mercedes-Benz CLA

Team OD  /
23 Feb 2016 20:25:58 IST

Skoda has launched the new generation Superb in India. Launched at Rs 22.68 lakh, ex-Mumbai, the Superb is available in five variants. The Superb is the second car after the Octavia to be based on the new MQB platform. This flagship offering from Skoda is a direct contender to the Toyota Camry. However, the other important contender in this segment is the new Honda Accord, which is expected to launch by the end of this year in India. This price range also features entry level premium sedans such as the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Here's a look at how these rivals compare against each other on paper.

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Toyota Camry Hybrid 2015 (11)

The 2016 Skoda Superb comes with a choice of 1.8 TSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel engines. The petrol makes 180PS/320Nm and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Mated to the 7-speed DSG automatic, the 180PS petrol makes 250Nm. The diesel churns out 177PS/350Nm and is offered with a 6-speed DSG automatic only. The 2.5-litre in the Toyota Camry makes 181PS/233Nm and is offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-Benz CLA (7)

The Mercedes-Benz CLA comes with a 2.0-litre petrol that makes183PS/300Nm, whereas, the 2.2 diesel generates 136PS/300Nm. Both the engines come mated to a 7-speed automatic. The Audi A3 gets the same 1.8 TSI petrol as the Skoda Superb in the same tune. The A3's 2.0 diesel motor though produces 143PS/320Nm.

Audi A3 40 TFSI Premium (1)

The official fuel efficiency figures for the Skoda Superb are 14.12kmpl for the manual and 14.67kmpl for the automatic petrol whereas the diesel delivers 18.19kmpl. According to Toyota, the Camry hybrid delivers 19.16kmpl. Audi claims that the A3 petrol and diesel deliver 16.60kmpl and 20.38kmpl respectively.

In terms of features, the Skoda Superb gets bixenon headlights, LED daytime running rights and tail lights, sunroof, electrically adjustable driver seats, 6.5-inch LCD TFT infotainment screen, steering mounted controls, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, hill hold control, anti-lock braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution, hydraulic brake assist, anti slip regulation, electronic differential lock, traction control system, electronic stability control, reverse parking sensor with camera, and six airbags as standard on both Style and L&K variants (Read variants-wise pricing for the 2016 Skoda Superb here). The Camry on the other hand doesn't feel as loaded in terms of features. The niche entry offerings, the CLA and the A3 do come with numerous features but fall short on space and practicality.

SKODA-Superb7Skoda Superb Interiors

TOYOTA NEW CAMRY_059Toyota Camry

The Skoda Superb is 4,861m in length, 1,864mm in width and 1,483mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,841mm. The Toyota Camry though is smaller at 4,850mm in length, 1,825mm in width and 1,480mm in height. It has a shorter wheelbase of 2,775mm in comparison to the Skoda Superb. The CLA and the A3's compact dimensions might be a challenge for them in this segment.

Skoda has priced the new Superb competitively with the range starting at Rs 22.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The Toyota Camry is priced considerably higher at Rs 29.11 lakh. The ex-Mumbai prices for the Audi A3 start at Rs 26.30 lakh while that of the Mercedes-Benz CLA begin at Rs 30.12 lakh.

Skoda Superb Comparo image

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 25.34 Lakhs
Displacement
1968cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
176.7
Max Torque(Nm)
350
Mileage
18.19 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 29.75 Lakhs
Displacement
2494cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
160
Max Torque(Nm)
213
Mileage
19.16 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 30.5 Lakhs
Displacement
1968cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
142.7
Max Torque(Nm)
320
Mileage
20.38 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 31.72 Lakhs
Displacement
2143cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
135
Max Torque(Nm)
300
Mileage
17.9 Kmpl

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