Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Keen list prices and competitive PCP finance rates make the Superb a shrewd buy, but you'll pay even less if you look at our New Car Buying pages. Impressive fuel economy and competitive servicing costs also make the best-selling versions relatively cheap to run, although the depreciation over three years isn't as impressive (that's the percentage of the list price that you lose) as it will be on premium models, including the BMW 3 Series.
The Superb makes a great company car choice as well. The 1.5 TSI 150 petrol and 2.0 TDI 150 diesel engines offer the most competitive benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates of the regular engines, but the diesels will return the best fuel economy. Yet the best choice for the lowest BIK payments is the plug-in hybrid 1.4 TSI iV 218, which has CO2 emissions of as little as just 28g/km. With both fuel sources used (petrol and battery) it is claimed to have a maximum range of 578 miles, and the 13kWh battery takes five hours to charge from a three-pin plug, or 3.5hrs if you have a home wallbox fitted.
Equipment, options and extras
Even the entry-level SE model has a good few goodies: 17in alloy wheels, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, keyless start and dual-zone climate control. Step up to SE Technology for leather upholstery, heated front seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, blind-spot detection, privacy glass, adaptive cruise control and satellite-navigation.
However, if you can afford it, we’d recommend stepping up to our favourite SE L trim. This brings 18in alloy wheels, full matrix LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, dynamic indicators, keyless entry and start and an electrically operated tailgate. Sportline Plus models get even larger 19in alloy wheels, gloss black exterior highlights, Alcantara sports seats and the 9.2in infotainment system we mentioned earlier.
Meanwhile, range-topping Laurin & Klement effectively comes with all the option boxes ticked, so you get luxuries such as Dynamic Chassis Control (which we discussed earlier in the ride section), virtual dials, a rear view camera, a park assist feature, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, rear climate control, a gesture-controlled powered tailgate, and more powerful Canton sound system. The latter two trims are still great value for money compared with offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, but if you're after the ultimate in value for money they make a little less sense.
Skoda provides a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee. That's helpful, but beaten by the unlimited-mileage warranties offered by BMW and Mercedes, and the standard seven-year warranty you get from Kia. You can extend the Superb's warranty to five years or 100,000 miles for a reasonable one-off cost.
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 and a driver fatigue sensor. Blind-spot monitoring is optional on entry-level SE trim but standard on SE Technology and above.
In its 2015 Euro NCAP safety tests, the Superb scored the maximum five-star rating. However, that was five years ago and the current tests are more stringent. That makes it hard to directly compare with the results of newer models, but NCAP data does show that the BMW 3 Series will do a better job of protecting adult occupants from chest injuries in a frontal collision.
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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