Skoda Superb Estate full 9 point review
While performance from the 1.6-litre diesel engine is satisfactory, our pick is the 148bhp 2.0-litre due to its superior shove, particularly at low and medium revs. There’s a more powerful 2.0-litre diesel that is quicker still and makes overtaking even easier, but the difference in pace isn’t huge. There are also two 1.4 and two 2.0-litre petrol engines to choose from; of these, the best all-rounder is the higher-powered (148bhp) 1.4, while the top 2.0 makes the Superb Estate hot-hatch fast.
Ride & Handling
On standard suspension and 17in wheels, the Superb Estate is generally comfortable in town or on the motorway, soaking up all but the worst bumps. It’s also grippy and the steering is accurate, although the pronounced body roll means we’d stop short of calling the Superb fun to drive. The optional adaptive suspension helps control the body lean, but it can make the ride fidgety, especially when combined with larger wheels. All-wheel drive is available with the higher-powered engines.
The petrol engines are smooth and generally hushed, although you’ll need to rev the 123bhp 1.4-litre unit hard to keep up with traffic, which harms refinement. The diesels sound a little gruff when you accelerate briskly, but transmit hardly any vibration through the steering wheel or pedals, and are pretty quiet when cruising. Wind and road noise shouldn’t disturb you too much, either. The manual gearbox has a light shift action, while changes from the automatic ’box are mostly smooth.
Buying & Owning
Competitive list prices make the Superb Estate a shrewd buy initially, while impressive fuel economy and low tax and servicing costs make it excellent in the longer term, too. Relatively low CO2 emissions for the lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel engine make this a wise choice for company car drivers, especially in SE Business trim, for which keen leasing rates are available. If you’re a private buyer, you can get attractive PCP finance deals on selected versions.
Quality & Reliability
Although the Superb Estate is one of the cheaper cars in its class, you wouldn’t think so from looking at the tight exterior panel gaps. It looks classy inside, too, thanks to its high-quality materials. Everything also feels solidly put together, and the switches and buttons are well damped. Skoda has an excellent reputation for producing dependable cars; it featured near the top of the manufacturers in the latest What Car? reliability survey, so we’d expect the Superb to cause few problems.
Safety & Security
All Superb Estates feature seven airbags, including a driver’s knee ’bag. They also get a host of safety aids, such as a system that automatically applies the brakes if you’re about to hit the vehicle in front, and one that brakes the car after an initial impact to minimise the chance of further collisions. The hatchback version scored the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, so the estate should perform similarly well. Safety kit includes an alarm and engine immobiliser.
Behind The Wheel
Getting comfortable is easy in the Superb Estate. All versions come with loads of adjustment to the driving position, plus a wide and supportive driver’s seat that includes height adjustment; SE models and above get lumbar adjustment as well. All the major controls are clear and easy to reach, while the touchscreen infotainment system is simple to navigate. Visibility is good, too, thanks to relatively narrow pillars and large windows.
Space & Practicality
Those in the front have plenty of head- and legroom, but it’s in the rear that the Superb Estate is most impressive. Two six-footers will feel like VIPs in the limo-like back seats; even a third person will be pretty comfortable. The vast boot will swallow several large suitcases with the rear seats up and almost anything with them down. Folding the seats does leave a step, however, unless you pay extra for an adjustable-height boot floor. All models get a handy boot-mounted rechargeable torch.
Even entry-level S models come with air-con, a touchscreen infotainment system and a DAB radio. Next up is SE, which adds dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and an umbrella in each front door; if you’re a private buyer, it’s what we recommend. Our favourite trim for company car drivers is SE Business; it adds sat-nav and front parking sensors to SE’s already healthy list. SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models are plusher, but cost a fair bit more.