What Car? says...
What's the connection between NASA and the Skoda Superb? Well, it's obvious when you think about it: they both know a thing or two about space.
You see, the Superb is galactic inside. Now, no one’s pretending it has enough room for a moonwalk, but you and your passengers can certainly stretch out while orbiting London on the M25.
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Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
If you fancy a petrol engine, the entry-level 148bhp 1.5 TSI 150 is surprisingly punchy, with enough mid-range guts to cope with the Skoda Superb's size. If you work it hard, it'll hit 0-62mph in a respectable 9.1sec and, with costs factored in, it's our pick of the range. If you need more power, go for the livelier 187bhp 2.0 TSI 190, or the 276bhp 2.0 TSI 280, which hits 62mph from rest in just 5.2sec. The only fly-in-the-ointment is that the automatic gearbox isn't as responsive as the best out there, tending to dither when you want to make a quick getaway to join a busy roundabout.
If diesel isn’t your bag but you have an eye on efficiency, the plug-in hybrid 1.4 TSI iV 218 comes highly recommended. It uses an 85kW electric motor paired with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine for a total power output of 215bhp. It's one of the quicker versions of the Superb (0-62mph takes 7.7sec) and has an official electric-only range of just under 40 miles. That's not far off the BMW 3 Series 330e's EV capability.
Suspension and ride comfort
Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is what Skoda calls its adaptive suspension. It's optional on all trims from SE L, and standard if you opt for the top Laurin & Klement trim or any iV plug-in hybrid. Driving in the softest Comfort mode is a lovely experience, like bobbing gently up and down on a waterbed as bumps come and go beneath you. Selecting Normal mode tightens it up a bit but it’s still very supple, while Sport mode is fairly firm.
The steering is accurate and light, which helps when manoeuvring in town, and it gains enough weight as the speed increases. The Superb is set up for comfort rather than careering around corners, though, so the level of feedback you get with sportier offerings, such as the 3 Series and Jaguar XE, just isn’t there.
It doesn't have the 3 Series' pin-sharp body control, either. It leans more in bends when you press on, but still has plenty of grip, and never feels less than safe, secure and predictable. Four-wheel drive – which is optional on the 2.0 TDI 200 SE L (but not the other trim lines) and mandatory for the 2.0 TSI 280 – gives you added traction for tackling greasy winter roads.
Noise and vibration
At speed, you’ll hear a flutter of wind noise and some low-level road roar. The larger wheel and tyre options kick up more of the latter and some added tyre slap over motorway expansion joints. There’s also suspension noise, but all these quibbles can be levelled at most of the Superb's chief price rivals, such as the Mazda 6 and the Passat. If you want something quieter, try the Audi A4, which is one of the most hushed executive cars.
- Yes. The current Skoda Superb (in petrol engine form) came top in the executive cars section of our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. Skoda as a brand finished in a respectable 12th place out of 30 car makers in the survey, below Mazda, one place above BMW and better than Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar and Volkswagen. The Superb comes with a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty, and plug-in hybrid iV models get an eight-year or 100,000 mile warranty to cover the battery pack.Read more here
- There is no electric car version of the Skoda Superb, but you can get it with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) engine – the 215bhp 1.4 TSI iV 218. It’s efficient and fairly quick, with a 0-62mph time of 7.7sec and an official electric-only range of almost 40 miles. The PHEV is a good option as a company car because it falls into a much lower tax band than standard petrol or diesel versions.Read more here
- We recommend the Skoda Superb with the 148bhp 1.5 TSI 150 petrol engine and SE L trim. The engine is smooth, fairly efficient (45.6mpg), performs well (0-62mph takes 9.1sec) and has enough power for carrying heavy loads or towing. Our preferred trim is SE L because it is not vastly more expensive than the entry-level (SE) car but adds some useful features to the already good basic specification. Read more here
- The Skoda Superb SE L has all the kit you get on the well-equipped entry-level SE trim and adds even more, including 18in wheels (you get 17in with SE), full matrix LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, dynamic indicators, keyless entry and an electrically operated boot. SE trim (and above) includes cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, keyless start, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and dual-zone climate control.Read more here
- The Skoda Superb’s infotainment system is pretty good. Entry-level SE trim comes with an 8.0in touchscreen with Bluetooth, a DAB radio, voice control, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. SE Technology and SE L trims add built-in sat-nav, while Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement models get a 9.2in touchscreen that can display 3D maps. There are touch-sensitive buttons around the screen to make switching between menus easier and some features can be controlled with controls on the steering wheel or by giving voice commands.Read more here
- Very big – and there’s also a Skoda Superb Estate if you want even more. The Skoda Superb’s boot capacity is 625 litres, except on PHEV versions, which get a still impressive 485 litres. That allowed our road testers to fit in 10 carry-on suitcases through the wide-opening hatchback tailgate on a non-PHEV Superb. You get bag hooks, large cubbies at each side of the boot, a rechargeable torch and plastic dividers on all models. More expensive trims add a powered tailgate (with hands-free opening on Laurin & Klement versions).Read more here
|RRP price range||£28,305 - £44,575|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||6|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, diesel, hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||226.8 - 59.3|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£821 / £3,166|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,642 / £6,332|