Skoda Superb estate
Price £19,815 - £34,575
- Huge boot and interior
- Bargain price tag
- Interior build quality
- High boot lip
- Conservative styling
- Could be more fun
At a glance
"The Skoda Superb estate is the most spacious car in its class, but is also well built and good to drive."
The Skoda Superb Estate is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a big estate car, with plenty of interior space and a huge boot. It shares many of its parts with Volkswagen, but it's cheaper to buy and more practical than the VW Passat.
The Volkswagen connection is obvious inside where the dashboard feels solidly constructed and is nice to use, although it doesn’t quite have the same polish of a VW. One of the Superb's trump cards is the amount of legroom in the back, which is more than you’ll get in some luxury cars. Better still, it gets a huge boot that can easily swallow everyone's luggage and includes features such as an electronically powered boot lid.
The big Skoda can be had with a range of petrol and diesel engines, but the latter make more sense, especially in the extremely economical GreenLine model. Trim levels range from the basic S to the luxurious L&K.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Frugal engines make Superb cheap to run
The most economical Skoda Superb is the 1.6-litre diesel GreenLine III model, which can return economy of 67.3mpg and has CO2 emissions that mean you’ll only have to pay £20 road tax annually – impressive when you consider the Superb’s size. Go for the mid-range 2.0-litre diesel and you’ll get some useful extra overtaking performance, while still returning up to 61.4mpg.
The petrol versions make less sense and while the basic 1.4-litre can return 46.3mpg, the top-of-the-range 3.6-litre can only manage 30.4mpg. That said, it's the quickest model on sale and offers impressive performance for such a large car.
All Superbs come with a three-year/60,000 mile warranty, which can be extended to five years/100,000 miles at extra cost. The company also offers fixed-price service plans, which can cover the car for up to 120,000 miles and mean you’re not going to be surprised with big maintenance bills.
Engines, drive & performance
Loses none of the hatchback's handling ability even with its bulky body
The Skoda Superb may be big, comfy and quiet, but it is also surprisingly enjoyable to drive. Body lean in the corners isn’t too bad and the weighty steering inspires confidence, doesn’t require lots of inputs on the motorway, and is also light enough in town.
The basic petrol feels quite slow, but the 1.6-litre GreenLine III diesel feels fast enough for overtaking on the motorway, despite having extremely low running costs. The best model to go for – if you want a decent mix of economy and performance – is the 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel while, if you can afford to run it, the 3.6-litre petrol is the fastest of the lot – getting from 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds.
Interior & comfort
Relaxing, quiet and comfortable on all road surfaces
The size of the Skoda Superb’s interior means it is an extremely relaxing car to travel in, especially in the back where the huge amounts of legroom stop passengers feeling cramped on long journeys. The cabin’s logical layout also means you are rarely caught searching for buttons or controls and on the cars equipped with sat-nav it is simple and easy to use.
The Superb’s mechanicals also do a good job of keeping you relaxed thanks to suspension that smoothes out the bumps and engines that are never too noisy. In fact, at speed barely any noise makes its way into the interior.
Practicality & boot space
The biggest boot in its class and plenty of room for five people
It’s hard to imagine another car for the money that is more practical and offers a bigger luggage capacity than the Skoda Superb. It gets 633 litres of boot space, but fold the rear seats down and that grows to an enormous 1,865 litres – the biggest in its class. The boot has a wide opening, but the boot floor’s not completely flat, which can make loading large items tricky, although the electronically-operated tailgate is handy if you have your hands full. The boot even has a concealed storage area for valuables, hooks for securing shopping bags, and a detachable torch.
Passenger space is excellent in the Superb and you’re unlikely to feel cramped, although headroom might be a concern for really tall passengers. You get plenty of useful storage space in the interior, too, including a decent sized glovebox, huge door bins, a central cubbyhole, and a hidden compartment for items such as your mobile phone. Pay extra and you can even get an umbrella hidden in the rear door, but the lack of a standard-fit USB input is odd.
Reliability & safety
Quality interior and a five-star Euro NCAP rating
The Skoda Superb should have excellent reliability, and that’s backed by the firm’s impressive second-place finish in our 2013 Driver Power Owner satisfaction survey, where it was beaten only by the expensive Lexus brand. The Superb meanwhile, came second out of 150 cars in our model rankings. Owners praised its spacious interior, excellent build quality, and decent levels of equipment.
Crash protection is another strong point, and the Superb got five stars when it was evaluated for safety by Euro NCAP. All models come with electronic stability control, seven airbags, and a seat belt reminder buzzer.
Price, value for money & options
Cheaper and better equipped than rivals with strong used prices, too
All Skoda Superb models get air conditioning, cruise control, a Bluetooth phone connection, and all-round electric windows, while mid-range SE models get climate control, electrically folding door mirrors, and parking sensors. Top of the range is the Laurin & Klement (L&K) model, which gets a panoramic sunroof, leather interior, sat-nav, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.
The Laurin & Klement model will lose its value quickest of all, while the GreenLine III should have the strongest residuals. Skodas generally hold their value quite well, though, thanks to its association with parent company, Volkswagen.