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.
There's a good choice of engines, for one. The 123bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine props up the range, followed by a more powerful 148bhp version (replaced with a 1.5-litre petrol with the same power output post-WLTP from 2018 onwards). There are also a couple of versions of the 2.0-litre petrol (217bhp or 276bhp), but it’s the 118bhp 1.6-litre and 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesels that dominated sales and are the most prevalent on the used market. The 2.0 TDI is also available with 187bhp, and can be had with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
If diesel is not your thing, but you have an eye on efficiency, then later versions of the Superb Estate offer the plug-in hybrid 1.4 TSI iV 218, which comes highly recommended, too. This uses an 85kW electric motor paired with a 1.4-litre petrol engine for a total power output of 215bhp. It's one of the quicker versions of the Superb (0-62mph takes 7.7sec), but also has an official electric-only range of 35 miles.
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 was aimed at business drivers, so it inevitably adds sat-nav, front parking sensors and an electric driver’s seat with memory function. Higher specced SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models are great value for money compared with similarly specced offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Sportline and Sportline Plus trims were introduced in 2018, and come with larger alloys, interior and exterior black sporty carbon styling details and sat between SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement trims.
All Superb Estates handles well, if not with the outright vigour of some of the smaller VW Group cars that share its platform, even in Sportline form with firmer suspension. Avoid 19in wheels and the Superb has a pleasantly supple ride that's almost a match for the Ford Mondeo. The only fly in the ointment is the occasionally floaty sensation you'll experience driving down an undulating road (perhaps not ideal for children who are prone to car sickness). It is refined on the motorways for the most part, with just a flutter of wind noise around the windscreen area and door mirrors.
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 is hugely spacious, quietly handsome and feels modern and up to date, as well as being outstanding value.
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