Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
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.
The Superb makes a great company car choice, particularly in SE Technology trim, which provides a spec-boost over the regular SE while maintaining a tax-friendly asking price to keep benefit-in-kind (BiK) tax down. It should be pointed out, though, that private buyers will need to speak their Skoda retailer about deals on this trim level – it isn’t subject to the same PCP finance support as other models of the range.
Company car drivers and private buyers alike will enjoy the low running costs of many of its engines, but it's hard to look past the 2.0-litre 148bhp diesel. With CO2 emissions starting from just 103g/km, it’ll keep tax bills low, while official fuel economy can reach 55.4mpg, depending on the trim level you choose.
Equipment, options and extras
Entry-level S models are better equipped than most cars for the money and feature air-con, that 8.0in infotainment system, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. Step up to SE for bigger, 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, adjustable lumbar support and adaptive cruise control.
SE L models look great value for money compared with offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Audi, featuring the electric boot and drive modes, but this trim level pushes up the price considerably. Even pricier is top-spec Laurin & Klement trim. This is quite lavish, with leather upholstery and the upgraded infotainment we mentioned earlier, as well as a parking camera, a heated windscreen and ambient lighting. Likewise, Sportline Plus (which is based on SE) is hard to recommend unless you are desperate for its slightly sporty looks, with add-ons such as such as gloss back grilles and 19in alloy wheels.
Our pick of the range, though, is SE Technology trim. This builds on SE trim and adds leather upholstery, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat and sat-nav and is particularly intended for company-car buyers. Private buyers can chooose one, but will need to discuss their order at a Skoda retailer.
Skoda finished an impressive 9th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, performing better than its more expensive sister brands Volkswagen and Audi, as well as premium marques such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. However, when measured against others in the executive car class, the Superb finished in the middle of the pack.
Skoda provides a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and 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, too. This is all helpful to have, but is beaten by the unlimited-mileage warranties offered by BMW and Mercedes.
Safety and security
Every Superb comes with stability control, seven airbags – including a driver’s knee bag – and a post-collision braking system. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) (including pedestrian detection) is fitted to help reduce the risk of low-speed collisions. Other standard safety equipment includes Isofix child seat mounting points in the outer rear seats. The only slight disappointment is that, while standard on SE L and above, and optional on SE, blind spot monitoring isn’t available on base S trim at all.
In its Euro NCAP safety tests, the Superb scored the maximum five-star rating, performing well in all categories and with particular merit in regards to adult and child occupant protection.
The Superb comes with an alarm and immobiliser as standard, and security experts at Thatcham Research awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to theft and four out of five for safeguarding against being broken into.
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