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 Skoda Superb hatchback is the largest, best equipped and most luxurious car Skoda has ever made. Despite Skoda being the ‘value’ brand of the Volkswagen group of car companies, the Superb is supremely spacious and comfortable, with a plush interior and generous standard equipment belying its relatively low price.
While it's priced to compete with the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, if you want similar space and comfort to the Superb, you’ll have to look to larger, more luxurious cars like the BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF. The Superb really is that spacious – and that good.
With a car offering this much at this price, it’d be reasonable to expect there to be a catch, but it truth, there really isn’t one. While it's by no means the most enjoyable car to drive in its class, the Superb is very comfortable and its long-distance cruising credentials are cemented by a quiet interior. The Superb feels very well made, with high-quality interior materials, supportive seats and a huge amount of rear legroom.
In addition to direct rivals like the Volkswagen Passat, the Superb also has premium cars like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE in its sights. This is partly due to the quality of the interior fit and finish, as well as the amount of kit you get with the Superb.
Skoda offers the Superb with a choice of seven petrol and diesel engines, which all have four cylinders and range from 1.4 to 2.0 litres and. The best petrol engine is the 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI, which is smooth and fast enough to give the Superb a 0-62mph time of 8.6 seconds, yet capable of returning 57.6mpg fuel economy and efficient enough for £30-a-year road tax.
Four-wheel drive is available as an option with the more powerful petrol and diesel engines. It's worth considering if you’re after extra grip, but fuel economy and CO2 emissions suffer slightly when this system is specified.
If you cover a lot of miles annually, you’ll be better off with a diesel Superb. We recommend the smooth and quiet 148bhp 2.0-litre, which offers an excellent blend of performance and economy, thanks to its 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds and claimed average of 68.9mpg. Low CO2 emissions mean the 2.0-litre diesel only costs £20 to tax, too, while it's also an excellent choice for company-car drivers thanks to a low 19% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate for the (generously equipped) SE Business trim level.
The Superb is available in five trim levels, starting with S and rising through SE, SE Business, SE L Executive and the top-spec Laurin & Klement (named after Skoda's founders). All cars come with all-round electric windows, alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, DAB digital radio and air-conditioning. There's also an economy-focused Superb GreenLine, which takes the diesel engine's efficiency to new heights.
The Skoda Superb is also a very safe car. All models have stability and traction control, automatic braking, a tyre-pressure monitoring system and two ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the back. These features helped the Superb score the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.
Owning a Superb should be a trouble-free experience, as although it's too new to have featured in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the previous-generation Superb consistently did exceptionally well, coming 12th out of 200 cars in the most recent poll. Skoda as a brand came third out of 32 manufacturers, so in the unlikely event that anything does go wrong, you should be well taken care of.
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