Previously owned VW Passat VR5 liked VW quality and equipment (lthr/wood/changer) disliked £45/week fuel bill. Buy a one-year-old Superb 1.9 PD 130 Elegance-less than £15k and check out the rivals You just don't get the equipment comfort levels and economy in anything else this size and class. I checked out lots of alternatives like Accord, Avensis, Mondeo, 9-3, X-Type and 3 Series. None were up to the Superb's standards and none provided such good economy or low depreciation.
Good Points: Economy (I did 55mpg on a 100-mile trip up the M40/42/6) and regularly get nearly 50mpg to work and back. This will fall to 40 - 44mpg if pushed hard but my Passat did 34mpg at best and 25mpg at worst! Lots and lots of gadgets and my local dealer is excellent.
Bad Points: As it is a long car the turning circle is a bit small and cornering can be a bit ponderous, but think of it as a limo rather than a sports car and you will be perfectly happy. No folding back seat? Big error by Skoda.
We also have a Fabia VRS which has the same engine. Although the bigger Superb is heavier and doesn't therefore accelerate as quickly, it is nevertheless a good performer and as good as or better than all of the cars I tested. Look for the AMD ECU chip - goes to 17bhp! See off all the cars - like the BMW - that cost twice as much as the Superb.
It just does exactly what it says on the label - Superb!
Apart from an infuriating electrical problem which took the dealership five weeks to find, the car has been excellent.
I have owned the Superb Classic 2.0 for a month. I am generally delighted with the car.
However, the engine noise is intrusive and, on occasions, sounds like a 15-year-old Transit van. The day the car was delivered, the boot-release switch in the driver's door fell inside the door, the dealer said the part would come in two or three days - a month later no part yet.
The Superb is as big as a limo, is attractive to look at, has quite phenomenal rear leg room and space, is well built and well-equipped. I hope my dealer can find why my engine and drivetrain are so noisy.
I am a taxi driver and this is a great car to drive. The only complaint I get is about the high tunnel in the back. The seats are also a bit too hard for total comfort, but I do twelve hours in the car.
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