What's the used Skoda Superb estate like?
If the sole criteria for a family estate car was space, the Skoda Superb Estate would be the answer to everyone’s needs. Simply put, it takes the already massive hatchback model and adds even more rear capacity, enough to outgun just about every rival in this class, and just possibly everything else on the road too.
However, people look for a lot more than that in a good estate car, and luckily the Superb offers enough to satisfy their needs in other areas too.
It sits on a stretched version of the Volkswagen Golf’s platform, and underneath its sharp styling it comes with a broad range of excellent engines. The 123bhp 1.4 TSI petrol engine props up the range, and leads on to a couple of versions of the 2.0-litre petrol, in differing states of tune. However, it’s the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI diesels that dominate the sales. The 2.0 TDI is available in 148bhp and 187bhp variants, both of which can be had with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, while the 118bhp 1.6 TDI is also available in Greenline eco-efficient form.
As far as trims go, entry-level S models are better equipped than most cars for the money, featuring a 6.5in touchscreen, air-con, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio. However, SE adds 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise. SE Technology is a business-based trim that adds sat-nav, front parking sensors and an electric driver’s seat with memory function, and even the pricier SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models are great value for money compared with similarly specced offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Later models added Sportline and Sportline Plus trims, which added larger alloys, interior and exterior black sporty carbon styling details and sat between SE L Executive and L and K trims.
Both the 1.4 petrol and 1.6 diesel engines feel a little lacklustre, and the entry-level petrol is also the only engine in the range that can’t be had with an automatic gearbox. The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is better because you don't have to work it so hard to make brisk progress; it’s quicker than an equivalent Ford Mondeo and we’d say it’s so good that it’s not worth paying the extra for the really gutsy but more expensive 187bhp version.
It rides and handles well, too, if not with the outright vigour of some of the smaller VW Group cars that share its platform, and it’s refined on the motorways.
Inside, the driving position is good, the dashboard and the major instruments and controls are all laid out in a clear and logical way and the quality of materials used is high. Its raison d'être is space, of course, and in that regard there’s a large amount up front and a huge amount in the rear. The boot is long and deep and holds significantly more than its main rivals, and is easily accessed, although in terms of its practicality it falls a little behind the flexibility offered by some SUVs.
All in, though, a used Superb makes a terrific family car. It’s hugely spacious, quietly handsome and feels modern and up to date, as well as being outstanding value.
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