Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Keen list prices and competitive PCP finance rates make the Superb Estate a shrewd private buy, but you'll pay even less if you look at our New Car Buying pages. Competitive servicing costs also make the best-selling versions relatively cheap to run, although the Superb's depreciation over three years isn't as impressive (that's the percentage of the list price that you lose) as it is on premium alternatives, including the BMW 3 Series Touring.
If you're a company car user then there's little doubt that the best version is the plug-in hybrid 1.4 TSI iV 218. With low CO2 emissions and a reasonable electric range, its benefit-in-kind tax band is lower than any petrol or diesel – although not as low as some smaller plug-in rivals.
Step up to SE Technology and the additions include leather upholstery, heated front seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, privacy glass and adaptive cruise control.
However, if you can afford it, we’d recommend stepping up to our favourite SE L trim. This brings 18in alloy wheels, dynamic indicators, keyless entry and an electrically operated boot – plus the Matrix LED headlights we noted in the visibility section. Beyond that trim, the equipment lists get longer but the price advantage of the Superb Estate starts to wane.