New company car, replaced a Honda Civic Hybrid. The Skoda Superb is excellent, loads of toys and my favorite is the electronic memory function for the seats and mirrors, makes it far easier if there is more than one driver of the car. I have only had this car for 7 weeks and have only done 3,000 miles, but so far it appears to be performing well. The MPG is ok, but not as high as the average claimed yet, With previous diesel cars I've had I have found that higher MPG does not come in until the engine has done at least 10,000 miles. so hopefully it will be more than capable of the stated MPG. The car is excellent to drive and does not feel "almost, too big" with front and rear parking sensors it is easy to park and manouvere. The reversing lights are not bright enough in my opinion though, which is quite common with newer cars, not much use in the dark where reversing is the only option. The Superb feels safe, and the 1.6 engine is more than capable. On long journeys the car is more than comfortable for both the driver and passengers. On bends and country roads the car feels very safe, and the headlights on the ellegance model are crystal clear for night driving, although other driver sometimes think that you have full beam on, but they soon stop flashing if you flash back!! The front heated seats stopped working after two weeks, but the Skoda dealer have sorted them with no issues.
The arrival of twins prompted me to replace my Mini Clubman Cooper S with a Superb and I haven't been disappointed. Whilst the Superb dosen't offer the same thrills as the Mini it is quiet, comfortable and reasonably fast when required. It provides masses of space inside and swallows up the twins in their baby seats and the double pram whilst leaving plently of space for other things. I bought mine new with the Bluetooth phone and heated seats for just over £18,000, which is a bargin considering the levels of standard equipment. Against the Passat it is cheaper, better equipped, better to drive and just as well made. The only reasons for giving your money to VW are either badge snobbery or the stlying, which is the only area that isn't top notch.
Dont buy it, the clutch and flywheel system will fail and fail again. Also the heating system suits itself I have been waiting for 10 months to have mine fixed after numerous attempts and I have come to the conclusion that skoda cannot fix it because they dont know how to. I have contacted skoda customer care and all I have been told is that the issue's are between you and the retailer so dont contact them as there is nothing they can do.
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This is just a bit of an update to a review I posted back in March now that the Superb and I are several months and several thousand miles down the road together.
So what's my view now? Well better than ever actually.
The Superb still wows everyone who's been driven in it. With its quiet refinement and 'planted' feel on the road, it feels every inch the high-class exec saloon and not something which is priced against top-end hatchbacks. The cabin and boot space is still mind-boggling considering that the external dimensions are much the same as a Passat/Mondeo/Insignia - I'm still not quite sure how Skoda have managed that trick...
One thing I really must say is that the Superb looks far more hansom in the metal then in photos. Before I bought it, I was a bit concerned that it was boxy and a bit awkward, but in reality, it's a good looking car from pretty much any angle.
Lastly economy. I do a 96 mile round-trip commute to work every day. Admittedly it's all motorway, I travel outside rush-hour and don't hurry, but my average consumption brim-to-brim is currently 52.2mpg As I do approx. 20k miles per year, consumption is a big consideration for me, but even though I do make a concerted effort to drive economically (at least on the work commute), getting this kind of economy from a car of this size is very impressive.
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