The Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry go head to head in the same price segment, although the Superb has been outselling the Camry by more than two times. The Superb sells an average of 160 cars a month, compared to just about 68 cars monthly for the Camry. Of course, the Superb has a diesel engine choice as well, leading to the increased sales, while the Camry is available only in petrol.
CarToq takes a look at what else makes the Skoda Superb the better car in its segment, and if the new Toyota Camry can compete with it, at least with the petrol Skoda Superb. Also read: Skoda Superb road test and review
Where the Skoda Superb is better
Interior space and comfort
One thing the Skoda Superb has plenty of is interior space and comfort. Legroom in the rear seat is much more than in the Toyota Camry. The Superb also has slightly more boot space than the Camry, at 565 litres compared to 530 litres, and offers flexibility of loading space with the twin-door boot opening system.
The Skoda Superb has a slightly longer feature list than the Toyota Camry. It comes with adaptive headlamps, tyre-pressure sensors, hill-hold control, sun-blinds, electric sun-roof among others. These features are not present in the Toyota Camry. Both cars have a Bluetooth integrated audio system with steering mounted controls, as well as cruise control and dual zone automatic climate control. The Superb has a more comprehensive multi-information display.
Pricing and value-for-money
The Skoda Superb petrol 1.8 TSI DSG is priced at Rs. 21.1 lakh ex-showroom, over Rs. 2.7 lakh cheaper than the Toyota Camry which is priced at Rs. 23.8 lakh ex-showroom. Given the amount of features that the car offers at that price point it is clearly much better value for money than the Toyota Camry.
Where the Toyota Camry is better
The Toyota Camry has a more premium perceived value compared to the Skoda Superb. Buyers of the Camry perceive the car to have more class than a Superb. The Toyota brand has grown to offer reliability and trust to buyers, and that’s one thing which comes with the new Camry as well, even though the design is quite understated.
After sales service
The number of horror stories from buyers of Skoda cars in India has given the company’s after sales network a bad name, a situation that it is trying to correct slowly. Toyota on the other hand has a stellar reputation for after-sales service and buyers who want complete peace of mind ownership, are better off picking a Camry, even though it may not be as feature-rich or value for money as the Skoda Superb. Also read: Toyota Camry road test and review
Where Camry and Superb are similar
Performance and handling
The Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI DSG is powered by a 1798 cc turbo-charged petrol engine that puts out 160 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifts that completely transforms this car from a sedate cruiser to a boy racer when you want it to.
The Toyota Camry is powered by a more powerful 2494 cc petrol engine putting out 179 bhp of power and 233 Nm of torque. The Camry has a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts, but isn’t as sporty to drive as the Superb. Both cars offer sedate cruising abilities.
The Skoda Superb is a more frugal car when it comes to fuel economy. The car has a seven-speed automatic transmission and gave up to 13.1 kmpl on the highway and 10.1 kmpl in the city. The Toyota Camry gave up to 14 kmpl on the highway and just under 10 kmpl in the city, making both cars more or less equal in terms of fuel economy. Also read: Skoda Superb vs all new Hyundai Sonata
The Skoda Superb is the more value for money car with more features and more space to offer. Both cars are similar in terms of performance, although the Superb may have an edge. Where the Camry excels is more on the back of the Toyota brand and the long-term peace of mind ownership associated with it because of better after-sales service. It’s little wonder then that the Skoda Superb sells more than twice the number of cars that the Camry does, and it is the best-selling sedan in its segment.