Skoda Superb hatchback
Price £19,060 - £35,165
- Impressive amount of safety kit
- Acres of interior space
- Huge boot
- Some rivals cheaper to run
- Not sharpest handler in the class
- Three-year warranty a little disappointing
At a glance
“For the money, the Skoda Superb hatchback offers more equipment, space and comfort than almost any other car.”
The current Superb is the most luxurious car that Skoda have offered for decades, with a plush interior and a very high level of standard equipment.
It may be priced to compete with the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia but it offers the space and comfort of a BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-class or Jaguar XF - all cars that cost a lot more money. The Superb actually offers genuine competition to those cars too, and not just value.
We’ve been impressed with the latest Superb ever since it was launched, as it's a car without any serious flaws. It's not a car that will receive incessant praise for driver excitement, but it's difficult to find a similarly priced alternative that beats it in terms of long-distance comfort and sheer space. The Superb is very well made too, so the car really does live up to its name.
Whilst directly competing with rivals like the Volkswagen Passat, the Skoda Superb has what it takes to take the fight to more upmarket cars like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE, a bold statement but a credible one when you look at the Superb's build quality inside and out, as well as its high level of standard equipment.
There's a broad range of engines available, all of which have four cylinders and which range in size between 1.4 to 2.0 litres. Our favourite is the 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, a smooth unit which is powerful enough to take the Superb from 0-62mph in just 8.6 seconds, yet still capable of returning fuel economy of 57.6mpg. Road tax will only be £30 per year, thanks to the relatively low CO2 emissions output.
Certain Skoda Superb models are available with four-wheel drive. This provides extra traction and security on slippery roads, but it does have a negative effect on fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
You’d be wise to consider one of the diesel engine choices if you’re covering high annual mileage. Our pick of the bunch is the 148bhp 2.0-litre, a smooth, quiet engine which manages a 0-62 time of 8.8 seconds yet still achieves 68.9mpg fuel economy. It's a great combination of performance and economy, made more attractive by a yearly road tax cost of just £20.
The top-of-the-range model is named Laurin & Klement in a nod to the founders of Skoda's parent company. However, you don’t need the flagship model to get a Superb with an impressive list of standard equipment - even the entry level S model has air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity and DAB digital radio, all-round electric windows and alloy wheels, and the list becomes progressively longer as you head up the range, through the SE and SE L Executive trims. A Superb GreenLine model is also available which focuses on economy above all else, while SportLine trim takes the opposite approach, prioritising racy looks and boasting lowered suspension for a sharper drive.
Naturally, Skoda has paid no less attention to safety than they have the rest of the car. Every model has an electronic traction and stability control system, automatic braking and a tyre-pressure monitoring system. There are ISOFIX mountings for two child-seats in the back, and as a result of all these features the Superb scored the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP crash test rating when it was tested in 2015.
Owning a Superb is likely to be a drama-free experience. Although the latest Superb is too new to have been featured in our annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the model which went before it always scored very highly and there seems no reason to expect things to be any different for the new model.
The Skoda brand has done extremely well recently, currently ranked third overall out of 32 manufacturers surveyed. Skoda owners are particularly happy with their treatment by Skoda, so if something should go wrong with your car you should be well looked after.
The Skoda Superb can return almost 80mpg – impressive for such a large car
The Skoda Superb unashamedly places emphasis on comfort over a sporty drive
The Skoda Superb has an interior that’s simply designed and well built
There's no shortage of space inside the big Skoda Superb
This Skoda Superb is the safest car the brand has ever built