Keen list prices make the Skoda Superb Estate a shrewd buy, while impressive fuel economy, low tax, gentle depreciation and competitive servicing costs make it cheap to run assuming you’ve gone for one of the more moderate engine choices.
Attractive leasing rates for business users are available on SE Tech trim versions powered by the relatively clean 2.0-litre diesel engine, and company car tax will be competitive, too. Unfortunately, private buyers can’t get a Skoda-backed PCP finance deal on SE Tech trim models, but there are attractive deals available on other versions.
Skoda Superb Estate equipment
Entry-level S models are better equipped than most cars for the money, featuring air-con, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio. However, SE is our pick, at least for private buyers, since it builds on S trim with a range of essentials and luxuries, including 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise.
For company users we recommend SE Technology, which it adds sat-nav, front parking sensors and an electric driver’s seat with memory function. But even the pricier SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models are great value for money compared with offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
Useful options we’d recommend would be a heated front windscreen, sat-nav if you go for the SE version and the space saver tyre that replaces the standard (and often hopeless) inflation kit.
Skoda Superb Estate reliability
With Skoda featuring near to the top of our latest reliability survey, you can expect few major problems with the Superb Estate. In fact, Skoda performed better than its more expensive sister brands Volkswagen and Audi, as well as outperforming other premium marques such as BMW and Mercedes.
This makes it easier to forgive the fact that the warranty and associated cover are nothing special, particularly next to the warranties offered by rivals such as the Hyundai i40 Tourer. If something does go wrong you can rely on three-year European-wide roadside assistance, a three-year/ 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee. You can extend the manufacturer’s warranty to five years or 100,000 miles for a reasonable one-off cost.
Skoda Superb Estate safety & security
Every Superb comes with stability control, seven airbags – including a driver’s knee bag – and a post-collision braking system. An automatic city braking assist system is also fitted, which brakes the car automatically if the car senses an imminent collision at less than 30mph. Other standard safety equipment includes tyre-pressure monitoring, along with Isofix child-seat mounting points in the outer rear seats.
Optional equipment includes blind-spot and lane assist, and an automatic parking system that steers into a space for you, although all of this is standard on Laurin and Klement models.
In the Euro NCAP crash tests the Superb scored the maximum five-star rating, performing well in all the categories but gaining particular merit for adult and child protection.
The Superb comes with an alarm and immobiliser as standard, and security experts Thatcham rated it with a score of five out of five for its resistance to theft and four out of five for being broken into.
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Although it still comes reasonably well equipped with Bluetooth and a DAB radio, we’d only recommend you go for this if you’re on a really tight budget.
Our pick SE
Comes with a solid amount of kit that includes dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a 6.5in touchscreen. Good for private buyers looking to finance the car on a PCP deal, but it’s worth adding sat-nav.
Our favourite trim for business buyers and for private, too, were it not for the fact that it can’t be financed on a private buyer PCP finance deal. It’s the same price as an SE but adds alcantara and leather seats, sat-nav, electric memory driver’s seat, and front and rear parking sensors.
SE L Executive
Looks pricey against cheaper Superbs but is still good value in relation to the competition. Comes with an upgraded 8.0in infotainment screen, heated leather seats, 18in alloys and a power tailgate.
Laurin & Klement
The top model comes fully equipped with luxuries such as a TV tuner, adaptive suspension, heated front and rear seats, rear climate control, the full suite of safety aids and a 10 speaker sound system complete with subwoofer.