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 buy, but you'll pay even less if you look at our New Car Buying pages. Impressive fuel economy and 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 will be on premium models, including the BMW 3 Series Touring.
The Superb Estate makes a great company car choice as well. The 1.5 TSI 150 petrol and our favourite 2.0 TDI 150 diesel offer the most competitive benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax of the regular engines (the 1.6 TDI isn't especially efficient) and the diesels will offer the best fuel economy. Yet the best choice for the lowest BIK payments is the plug-in hybrid 1.4 TSI iV 218, which has CO2 emissions of just 38g/km. With both fuel sources used (petrol and battery) it is claimed to have a maximum range of 578 miles, and the 13kWh battery takes five hours to charge from a three-pin plug, or 3.5hrs if you have a home wall box fitted.
Equipment, options and extras
Even the entry-level S model has a few goodies: 16in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a leather-trimmed gearlever and steering wheel and keyless start. Step up to SE for bigger 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, adaptive cruise control – and the front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, adjustable lumbar support and better infotainment system we've talked about before.
However, our pick of the range is SE Technology trim. This builds on SE trim by adding leather upholstery, electrically adjustable/ heated front seats and privacy glass. It's particularly intended for company-car buyers, but private buyers should be able to order one by talking to their Skoda retailer or checking out our New Car Buying pages.
The rest of the range gets evermore lavishly kitted out, and is still great value for money compared with offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but if you're after the ultimate in value for money they make a little less sense.
Skoda finished an impressive 9th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, performing better than its more expensive sister brands Volkswagen and Audi, as well as premium marques such as BMW and Mercedes.
Skoda provides a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee. That's helpful, but beaten by the unlimited-mileage warranties offered by BMW and Mercedes, and the standard seven-year warranty you get from Kia. You can extend the Superb's warranty to five years or 100,000 miles for a reasonable one-off cost.
Safety and security
Every Superb Estate comes with stability control, seven airbags – including a driver’s knee bag – and a post-collision braking system. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) (including pedestrian detection) is fitted to help reduce the risk of low-speed collisions. Other standard safety equipment includes Isofix child seat mounting points in the outer rear seats. The only slight disappointment is that, while standard on SE L and above, and optional on SE, blind spot monitoring isn’t available on base S trim at all.
In its 2015 Euro NCAP safety tests, the Superb scored the maximum five-star rating. However, that was five years ago and the organisation's latest tests are more stringent. That makes it hard to directly compare with the results of newer models, such as the BMW 3 Series Touring.
The Superb comes with an alarm and immobiliser as standard, and security experts at Thatcham Research awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to theft and four out of five for safeguarding against being broken into.
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