New Skoda Superb vs used Audi A4 – driving
While we’d recommend going for the slightly brisker 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine in the A4, the less powerful 148bhp version is still plenty good enough for most people, and it’s still faster than the Superb. You also get Audi's S tronic automatic gearbox, which rattles off gearchanges quickly once moving, while you’ll have to shift gears yourself in the Superb. That's no great hardship, because the shift is quite slick, but a proper executive car is nicer as an automatic. Despite using the same 2.0-litre diesel engine, the Superb can sound gruff when accelerating; the A4 is much better insulated from engine noise and is noticeably quieter inside.
It should be no surprise to hear that the A4 handles better than the Superb; thanks to its smaller size, the A4 feels more nimble. Our test car came with passive sport suspension, because it’s an Ultra model. The resulting reduced ride height brings aerodynamic benefits but comes at the expense of low-speed ride quality – it just doesn’t deal with bumps and potholes as well as it should. That’s not to say that the Superb is demonstrably better: it still struggles over broken surfaces and there’s more suspension noise than in the A4. At motorway speeds, the Superb can feel a bit floaty, whereas the A4 feels more tied-down.
New Skoda Superb vs used Audi A4 – costs
At £24,210, the Skoda Superb is excellent value. Of course, you can save thousands on a new car by visiting our What Car? New Car Deals pages: there's a 2.0 TDI 150 SE on offer at the time of writing for just £21,991, representing a £2219 saving over list price.
The Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 Sport S tronic started life at £34,345, but after a year and 10,000 miles, you can find examples for £22,000. That's a little more than the Superb’s Target Price, admittedly, but it's a huge saving over what you’d pay for a new A4.
Neither the A4 or the Superb has a perfect reliability score, but it was the A4 that came out on top in our latest survey, finishing four places higher in the executive car class. Audi as a manufacturer finished one place higher than Skoda for overall reliability, in 12th place out of 32 brands.
Both cars come with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty as standard. While one of those years will have been used up in the case of the A4, you'll get a one-year warranty as part of Audi’s approved used scheme for some additional protection.
The Audi is the cheaper of the two cars to run, both in terms of fuel economy and road tax. This is because the example we found was registered before the changes were made to the car tax system on 1 April 2017, so it only costs £20 a year to tax, whereas the Skoda will cost you £165 to tax in the first year and then £140 every year after. The A4 also has a better combined fuel economy figure of 72.4mpg against the Superb’s 65.7mpg.