Few people know that the Superb is 10cm longer than the Passat chassis that it's based on. Build quality is excellent and the suspension absorbs every blemish in the road.
It's not the most agile of cars and doesn't like taking bends too sharply. The automatic gearbox is a bit hesitant and it's not the quietest diesel on the market.
If you need a car that'll carry the family then this is it.
This forum is certainly UK specific but let me add my experince with Superb though i have steering wheel on the other side.
Driving second Superb - both company cars. First one was 1.8Turbo Elegance milleage 25000 kms in 6 months, the other 1.9TDI/130 HP Edition 100 currently driven for 3 months 12500 kms.
Never had a car before where it absolutely doesn't matter how tall are your passengers and how far back you slide the front seats and decline the backrest - sheer space. Nice at long hauls in 4 people.
Typical highway cruiser - you set a legal limit speed at the tempomat and flow. At 180-200 kms/h at autobahn it doesn't provide the stability of E classe or 5er. If your budget allows, go for Elegance trim level - full chrome pack makes the car majestic.
Check if your car will have foldable rear seats (it's practical) and avoid cargoflex in trunk (costs money, takes space, no added value - 4 shopping-bag hooks make the job). Gas 1.8T is quieter and more fun to drive (revs nicely) but thirstier (cca 600 kms on one tank, avg. 8,5-9 l/100 kms), diesel 1.9TDI is noisier but pulls from low revs and consumes less (cca 900-1000 kms on one tank, avg. 6,5-7 l/100 kms).
Failures so far: 1.8T - high beam broke in the headlight - fixed by return. 1.9TDI - nil. My next will be 2.0TDI/140 HP (engine is considerably more cultivated than 1.9). Dealer says that the facelift will come in summer and Laurin&Klement top-of-the line version in autumn - am pointing this one.
I'll take delivery of my 2.0 TDI Comfort in March. I've just driven the dealer's model and I can't wait to take delivery (and say goodbye to the Laguna).
The steering wheel is now a multi-function version as in the Octavia, and it now has a great six-speed gearbox.
The handling is tidier than the 1.9 TDI, and this can only be due to the lighter engine (nose weight is down a lot, but the springs and dampers are the same, according to Skoda. I ordered the Ivory interior which gets black carpets (thank goodness).
My only concern is that the fuel economy is listed at 44mpg, while the 1.9 TDI is listed as 47.8mpg - surely turning the engine lengthways instead of transversely can't have hurt economy so badly? The VW Passat still manages 47mpg. Apparently, the maintenance cost is cheaper, too.
I bought my Superb just over two weeks ago and traded my Toyota Corolla T2 1.4 in against it. It was a Skoda wholesale car, i.e. it had been run by Skoda UK and was only supplied to me once the dealer had ensured that it met Skoda's stringent used car programme criteria. It was eight months old at purchase with 6000 on the clock. I made a saving of around £5k on list, so that was the first plus point!
I had looked at a Toyota Avensis Diesel but after driving both, I went for the Superb. Not only that, but the two Toyota dealers that I discussed the Avensis with were unhelpful and unwilling to listen to what I wanted, preferring to try and get me in the car they wanted to sell me. The Skoda dealer was quite the opposite, running through all my options with me (new and used) and never once forgetting that this was my choice.
Am I happy with the car? Yes, 110%. It is more comfortable than my old Corolla and the Avensis that I drove, the equipment is brilliant. I especially like the standard CD changer, the LED "catvision", air-con cooled storage spaces and numerous cubby holes for the bits and bobs I carry round with me on a daily basis.
Add that to a good, strong and very economical engine and ride and handling qualities that are supple, comfortable and stable and I'm not going to complain.
I've read elsewhere that wind noise can be a problem and that the steering is uncommunicative. I have no problems with either. I'd strongly recommend the Superb to anyone.
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