Skoda Superb estate

Price  £19,840 - £35,940

Skoda Superb estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Very comfortable
  • Masses of space inside
  • Advanced safety technology
  • Plain interior design
  • Not much steering feel
  • Leans too much in corners

At a glance

The greenest
S 1.6 TDI 120PS GreenLine 5dr £22,100
The cheapest
S 1.4 TSI 125PS 5dr £19,840
The fastest
Laurin & Klement 2.0 TSI 280PS 4x4 DSG 5dr £35,940
Top of the range
Laurin & Klement 2.0 TSI 280PS 4x4 DSG 5dr £35,940

"The Skoda Superb estate is simply one of the most spacious family cars you can buy and represents great value for money. It looks sharp and is enjoyable to drive, too."

If you want a big, spacious car, the Skoda Superb estate should definitely be on your list. The hatchback version of this model already has huge luggage capacity, but the estate expands that even further to a maximum of 1,950 litres with the rear seats lowered – more than the cavernous Mercedes E-Class estate from the class above. Key rivals for the Superb include the Ford Mondeo estate, Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer and Volkswagen Passat estate, but it has abigger boot than all three of these. 

But the Skoda Superb estate isn't just a one-trick pony. As well as all that boot space, it offers the luxury and technology of much more expensive and prestigious cars for a very reasonable price, with probably the best interior Skoda has ever made being one of the highlights. It looks sharp and modern outside, too.

Superb Estate buyers are spoiled for choice when it comes to engines. There's a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, available with either 123bhp or 148bhp, plus a more powerful 2.0-litre version that can produce either 217bhp or 276bhp.

Diesel has long been the more popular choice for cars in this class, however, and the new Superb Estate delivers here with an efficient entry-level 1.6 TDI that makes 118bhp and a 2.0 TDI available with either 148bhp or 187bhp.

Skoda's DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox is offered across the range and you can get four-wheel drive on some of the higher-spec models for better grip in slippery conditions.

Trim levels are S, SE, SE Business, SE L Executive and the range-topping L&K (Laurin & Klement – the names of Skoda's founders). All Superb estates come as standard with alloy wheels, foglights, a multifunction steering wheel, electronic stability control, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and a five-inch touchscreen, with more kit being added as you go up the range. Interestingly, the SE Business adds leather and sat-nav over SE, but at no extra cost.

As its name suggests, SE Business makes good financial sense for company-car users, and it's also our pick of the range for private buyers. It also comes with dual-zone air-conditioning, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control, yet the list price is still reasonable. Our favourite engine is the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel: it's usefully punchier and more capable of towing than the basic 1.6-litre, but still impressively economical when powering such a large car.

Although the Superb estate can't match the driving thrills of a BMW 3 Series Touring, it's one of the most entertaining cars to drive in its class, yet its also supremely comfortable to drive or be driven in, with seemingly acres of room for the driver and up to four passengers. It also comes with the very latest safety and accident-avoidance technology for reassuring peace of mind. Skoda also has a superb reputation for providing excellent customer service.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.1 / 5

The Skoda Superb estate can manage over 70mpg, with an even more frugal GreenLine version on the way

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

The Skoda Superb estate is a refined cruiser with a range of petrol and diesel engines to suit every need

Interior & comfort

4.5 / 5

A straightforward design and bags of kit make the Skoda Superb estate a great place to spend time

Practicality & boot space

5 / 5

One of the biggest boots you can buy, plus some clever practical touches, sees the Skoda Superb estate come up trumps here

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

The Skoda Superb estate boasts proven parts, the latest safety technology and an unrivalled customer-satisfaction record

What the others say

4.8 / 5
based on 3 reviews
5 / 5
"The latest Superb Estate offers huge amounts of space in a stylish and comfortable package."
5 / 5
"The Skoda Superb Estate is a class-leader for cabin and boot space. That it's also relatively cheap to buy and run, well equipped and has a plush cabin makes it an excellent ownership proposition."
4.5 / 5
"Describing the Skoda Superb estate as cheap would be misleading but it does offer great value for money compared to its rivals."
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