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Skoda Superb review

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21 Dec 2015 16:05 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 16:52

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Skoda Superb hatchback running costs

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 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 102g/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 these models, but there are attractive deals available on other trims.

Skoda Superb hatchback equipment

Entry-level S models are better equipped than most cars for the money and feature air-con, a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth and a DAB radio.

However, SE is our pick, since it builds on S trim with a range of essentials and luxuries including an 8.0in touchscreen, 17in alloy wheels, driver’s seat lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and even adaptive cruise control. For business users, we recommend SE Technology.

Meanwhile, SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models look great value for money compared with offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, but push up the price considerably.

Likewise, Sportline (which is based on SE) and Sportline Plus are hard to recommend unless you are desperate for their slightly sporty looks.

Skoda Superb interior

Skoda Superb hatchback reliability

Skoda finished a respectable 13th out of 32 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey, performing better than its more expensive sister brands Volkswagen and Audi, as well as outperforming premium marques such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. However, in the executive car class, the Superb finished in the bottom half of the table.

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. This is all helpful to have, but nothing special compared with what’s on offer from its rivals.

Skoda Superb hatchback 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 is fitted to help you avoid a low-speed, front-end collision. Other standard safety equipment includes tyre pressure monitoring, along with Isofix child seat mounting points in the outer rear seats. The only slight annoyance is that blindspot monitoring is only available on SE L Executive, Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement.

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 Research awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to theft and four out of five for guarding against being broken into.

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Verdict

The Skoda Superb is comfortable, well equipped, great value for money and one of the roomiest cars in its class

  • Vast cabin and boot
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Classy, high-quality interior
  • Some rivals are more fun to drive
  • Diesel engines sound a little gruff
  • Overly long gearing on Greenline versions
There are 7 trims available for the Superb hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
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SE
Comes with a surprising amount of kit, including dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a 8.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlaya and Android Auto. Thi...View trim
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SE Technology
Our favourite trim for company car drivers – 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 and electric memor...View trim
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SE L Executive
Looks pricey against cheaper Superbs but is still good value in relation to the competition. Comes with a 9.2in infotainment screen, heated leather seats, 18in alloy wheels and a powered tailgate...View trim
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Sport Line
This is based on SE trim but is for those who like a sporty look, so it comes with bigger 19in alloy wheels, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, gloss black styling details, a rear diffuser, twin rear...View trim
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Sport Line Plus
On top of what’s on offer in Sportline, Sportline Plus adds heated front seats, progressive dynamic steering, the bigger 9.2in touchscreen, blindspot monitoring and an electrically powered tailgate...View trim
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Laurin + Klement
This range-topping trim comes fully equipped with luxuries such as a TV tuner, adaptive suspension and rear climate control...View trim
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