Which used Skoda Superb estate should I buy?
Both the 123bhp 1.4-litre petrol and 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel engines feel a little lacklustre when the car is heavily laden, and the entry-level petrol is also the only engine in the range that can’t be had with an automatic gearbox.
The 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol, on the other hand, is gutsy enough to cope with a car this size. Meanwhile, the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is better still 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-feeling but more expensive 187bhp diesel.
Completing the range are 217bhp and 276bhp 2.0-litre petrols, both of which are only available with the automatic gearbox.
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 is our pick, since it builds on S trim with a range of essentials and luxuries, including 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise.
SE Technology is a business-based trim, which adds sat-nav, front parking sensors and an electric driver’s seat with memory function. But even the pricier SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models are great value for money compared with the similarly specced offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Our favourite Skoda Superb Estate: 2.0 TDI 150 SE