Keen list prices make the Superb a shrewd buy, but you'll pay even less if you're prepared to haggle. Impressive fuel economy, low tax bills and competitive servicing costs make the best-selling versions reasonably cheap to run, too. Even depreciation isn't too steep.
Attractive leasing deals are available on SE trim versions powered by the relatively clean 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines. However, if you're a company car driver it's hard to look past the 1.6 TDI 120 Greenline model; with CO2 emissions of just 96g/km it offers remarkably affordable monthly tax bills for a car of this size, although the performance is a little lacklustre.
Go for SE Technology trim if you're a company car driver – it's the best-value option. Unfortunately, private buyers can’t get a Skoda-backed PCP finance deal on SE Technology models, but there are attractive deals available on other trims.
Skoda Superb equipment
Ranges from generous to luxurious
Entry-level S models are better equipped than most cars for the money and feature air-con, a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth and a DAB radio.
However, SE is our pick, at least for private buyers, since it builds on S trim with a range of essentials and luxuries including a larger 8.0in touchscreen, 17in alloys, driver’s seat lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and even adaptive cruise control. For business users we recommend the SE Technology. This adds sat-nav, front parking sensors and an electric driver’s seat with memory function.
Meanwhile, SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models look great value for money compared with offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but push up the price considerably.
Skoda Superb reliability
Skoda has an excellent reliability record
With Skoda featuring near to the top of our latest reliability survey, you can expect few major problems with the Superb. In fact, Skoda performed better than its more expensive sister brands Volkswagen and Audi, as well as outperforming other premium marques, such as BMW and Mercedes.
Perhaps that's why the warranty and associated cover are nothing special. If something does go wrong you can rely on three-year European roadside assistance, a three-year/ 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee. You can extend the manufacturer’s warranty to five years or 100,000 miles for a reasonable one-off cost.
Skoda Superb safety & security
Lots of safety kit as standard
Every Superb comes with stability control, seven airbags – including a driver’s knee bag – and a post-collision braking system. An automatic emergency city braking system is also fitted to help you avoid a low-speed, front-end collision. Other standard-fit safety equipment includes tyre-pressure monitoring, along with Isofix child-seat mounting points in the outer rear seats.
In the Euro NCAP crash tests the Superb scored the maximum five-star rating, performing well in all the categories, but gaining particular merit for adult and child occupant protection.
The Superb comes with an alarm and immobiliser as standard, and security experts Thatcham awarded the Skoda five out of five for its resistance to theft and four out of five for guarding against being broken into.
Although it still comes reasonably well equipped with Bluetooth and a DAB radio, we’d only recommend you go for this if you’re on a tight budget.
Our pick SE
Comes with a surprising amount of kit, including dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a 8.0in touchscreen, but it’s worth adding sat-nav. This is the pick for private buyers looking for a PCP finance deal. SE Technology is better value because it’s the same price and better equipped, but only comes with a limited range of diesel engines and not on PCP finance.
Our favourite trim for company car drivers and for private cash buyers, too – it's just a shame this isn't available with particularly attractive finance deals. SE Technology trim is based on SE but adds sat-nav, electric memory driver’s seat, and front and rear parking sensors.
SE L Executive
Looks pricey against cheaper Superbs but is still good value in relation to the competition. Comes with an upgraded 8.0in infotainment screen, heated leather seats, 18in alloys and a powered tailgate.
Laurin & Klement
This range-topping trim comes fully equipped with luxuries such as a TV tuner, adaptive suspension and rear climate control.
This is for those that like a sporty look, so it comes with bigger 19in alloy wheels, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, gloss black styling details, a rear diffuser and twin rear exhaust tailpipes. You also get similar kit levels to the SEL Executive.