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Skoda Superb Estate review

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28 Jan 2016 16:32 | Last updated: 12 Nov 2018 11:52

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Skoda Superb estate running costs

Keen list prices make the 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 Technology 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 Technology models, but attractive deals are available on other versions.

Skoda Superb estate equipment

Entry-level S models are better equipped than most cars for the money and feature air-con, a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth and a DAB radio.

However, SE is our pick, since it builds on S trim with a range of essentials and luxuries such as an 8.0in touchscreen, 17in alloy wheels, adjustable lumbar support for the driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and even adaptive cruise control. For business users, we recommend SE Technology.

Meanwhile, SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models look great value for money compared with offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but they push up the price considerably.

Likewise, Sportline (which is based on SE) and Sportline Plus are hard to recommend unless you are desperate for their slightly sporty looks.

2018 Skoda Superb estate infotainment

Skoda Superb estate reliability

With Skoda featuring near to the top of the latest What Car? 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 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 and security

Every Superb Estate 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, braking the car automatically if it senses an imminent collision at less than 30mph. Other standard safety equipment includes tyre pressure monitors, along with Isofix child seat mounting points in the outer rear seats. The only slight annoyance is that blindspot monitoring is available only on SE L Executive, Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement.

In the Euro NCAP crash tests, the Superb Estate scored the maximum five-star rating, performing well in all the categories but gaining particular merit for adult and child protection.

The Superb Estate comes with an alarm and immobiliser as standard, and security expert Thatcham Research rated it of five out of five for its resistance to theft and four out of five for being broken into.

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Verdict

The Skoda Superb Estate makes a brilliant family car, because it's comfortable, classy, well priced and incredibly spacious

  • Class-leading space
  • High-quality interior
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Some rivals are more fun to drive
  • Diesel engines sound a little gruff
There are 7 trims available for the Superb estate. Click to see details.See all versions
S
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....View trim
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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 o...View trim
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£22,422
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SE Technology
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...View trim
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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...View trim
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Sport Line
Based on SE trim, you get a few useful upgrades including keyless entry and start, an 8.0in touchscreen with sat nav, an electric driver’s seat, bi-xenon headlights and headlight washers. However...View trim
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Sport Line Plus
On top of Sportline’s trinkets, you get an electrically operated boot, heated front seats, blind spot detection, a bigger 9.2in touchscreen and progressive dynamic steering. All this pushes the pri...View trim
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£27,956
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Laurin + Klement
This is the height of luxury within the Superb range and so you get virtually every toy thrown in. Over the already generous specification of SE L Executive, you get a premium Canton hi-fi, ventila...View trim
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