Skoda Superb Estate - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Skoda Superb Estate can manage over 54mpg but the powerful petrols are thirsty
The Skoda Superb Estate is a car which offers impressive fuel economy considering its size, with both the petrol and diesel engines performing well in this regard. Choosing a four-wheel-drive version does bring an increase in running costs and is an option best considered only if you really need it.
The 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel is the most economical of all; clean enough for affordable company-car tax and enjoying a huge theoretical range on a single tank of diesel, as proudly claimed by Skoda.
Skoda Superb Estate MPG & CO2
That 2.0-litre diesel can manage an impressive 57.7mpg in fuel economy and CO2 emissions start from 129g/km, although with the automatic gearbox it returns 56.5mpg and CO2 is from 132g/km, which still gives it a reasonable Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating.
The top diesel is the 197bhp version of the 2.0-litre TDI engine, and even with more power it still achieves up to 51.4mpg while emitting CO2 from 144g/km, with BiK a couple of percentage points higher than the 148bhp engine. If you add four-wheel drive, fuel consumption increases to 47.1mpg, and it’s subject to a higher BiK bracket.
The 1.5-litre TSI petrol with 148bhp can be chosen with any of the trim levels apart from Laurin & Klement, and can return up to 45.6mpg thanks to its cylinder-deactivation technology, which allows the car to run on just two cylinders under light throttle. Choose a DSG automatic gearbox and efficiency drops a little, to 44.1mpg.
Above that is a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 187bhp, which provides a bit of extra power and performance but returns slightly lower running costs. Skoda claims 40.9mpg for this engine and, with CO2 emissions from 157g/km, BiK is higher for this model than the 1.5-litre engine. For most people, we’d say the 1.5-litre is more than sufficient if you’re looking at the petrols.
At the top of the range is a 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine that’s a fast but rather niche choice. It comes with four-wheel drive as standard and will return around 33mpg, while its CO2 emissions start at 188g/km, which means it's in one of the highest BiK brackets.
A plug-in hybrid Superb iV model is our top pick for company car drivers. That's thanks to its low 27g/km CO2 emissions, making BiK far lower than for any other version in the range. Fuel-efficiency is rated at up to 235.4mpg, but in real-world driving this will depend on how often you charge its 13kWh battery.
Road tax on all regular petrol and diesel versions of the Superb costs the standard VED (road tax) rate each year, with the Superb iV plug-in hybrid liable for the lower discounted rate. If the price creeps above £40,000 (including options), owners will be liable for the additional annual surcharge in years two to six.
The insurance ratings for the Skoda Superb Estate vary across the range – as you’d expect when there’s such a choice of engine and trim combinations. Most models slot in between group 19 and group 27.
The most powerful 2.0-litre TSI models are more expensive to insure, especially the 276bhp version with its group 32 insurance rating. The plug-in hybrid model is in group 28.
The easiest Skoda Superb Estate servicing regime to understand is the fixed interval plan, with a service due every 10,000 miles. Low-mileage drivers and anyone mainly making short journeys will find this cost-effective, as will those who do a lot of driving in an urban environment with lots of stopping and starting. The first two services can be included in a service plan costing under £300 up front.
Alternatively, sensors on the car monitor the way the car is driven and can determine when a visit to the garage is due, which could be anywhere from 9,000 to 20,000 miles, but services won’t be any longer than two years apart. Skoda calls this 'variable interval servicing' and it makes sense if you mostly drive on motorways, making long journeys at high speeds, where the car is less likely to be subjected to the stresses of stop-start driving.
Like all Skodas, the Superb Estate is covered by a solid if unspectacular three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer's warranty – some way short of the five and seven-year cover you get with a new Hyundai and Kia respectively.
Which Is Best?
- Name1.5 TSI SE 5dr
- Gearbox typeManual
- Name1.4 TSI iV SE Technology DSG 5dr
- Gearbox typeSemi-auto
- Name2.0 TSI 280 Sport Line Plus 4x4 5dr DSG
- Gearbox typeSemi-auto