Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Keen list prices make the Superb Estate an attractive buy, and impressive fuel economy, low tax, gentle depreciation and competitive servicing costs make it cheap to run, although this assumes 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 2.0-litre diesel engine, and competitive CO2 emissions figures mean company car tax is sensible, 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.
Equipment, options and extras
Entry-level S models have more standard kit than many cars of the same price, with a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system and a DAB radio joining the air-con and Bluetooth that everybody expects.
However, SE is our pick. It builds on S trim with a range of additional 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 adaptive cruise control. For business users, we recommend SE Technology, which includes sat-nav.
Meanwhile, the heated leather seats and more besides that you get on SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models mean they look great value for money compared with offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but are a lot more expensive than other Superb Estate models.
Likewise, Sportline (which is based on SE) and Sportline Plus are hard to recommend unless you are desperate for their slightly sporty looks.
Skoda appears close to the top of the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, so you should expect few major problems with the Superb Estate. In fact, Skoda placed higher 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 Skoda's warranty and associated cover are nothing special.
If something does go wrong, there's three-year European-wide roadside assistance, a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee to fall back on, but neither BMW or Mercedes impose a maximum mileage on their three-year warranties. At least you can extend Skoda’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. 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. Blindspot monitoring is available on SE L Executive, Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement as standard, and is an option on SE and Sportline.
The Superb Estate scored the maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests, performing well in every category and receiving particular commendation for its adult and child protection.
The Superb Estate comes with an alarm and immobiliser as standard, and security expert Thatcham Research gave it a five out of five rating for resistance to theft, and four out of five for how difficult it is to break into.