What's the used Skoda Superb like?
There are no two ways about it: if what you require from a hatchback is a large interior and a massive boot, the Skoda Superb is the perfect car for you. No other car in its class can match the Superb for space, and if that was your sole criteria when choosing a car, then the stylish Superb has won the vote before it turns a wheel.
However, there’s more to buying a used car than that, and the good news is that the Superb delivers just about everywhere else, too. It sits on a stretched version of the Volkswagen Golf’s platform and, underneath its sharp styling, comes with a broad range of excellent engines. The 1.4 TSI petrol engine props up the range – in 125 and 150 forms – and leads on to a couple of versions of the 2.0-litre petrol. However, it’s the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI diesels that dominate the sales. The 2.0 TDI is available in 148bhp and 187bhp variants, both of which can be had with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, while the 118bhp 1.6 TDI is also available in Greenline eco-efficient form.
As far as trims go, entry-level S models are better equipped than most cars for the money, featuring a 6.5in touchscreen, air-con, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio. However, SE adds 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise. SE Technology is a business-based trim that adds sat-nav, front parking sensors and an electric driver’s seat with memory function, and even the pricier SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement models are great value for money compared with similarly specced offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
On the road, despite the Superb’s generous proportions, all of the engines move the car around with reasonable speed, while on-paper fuel economy is impressive for such a competent executive car, with the Greenline model claiming an average of 72.4mpg.
Both the 1.4 petrol and 1.6 diesel engines feel a little lacklustre, and the entry-level petrol is also the only engine in the range that can’t be had with an automatic gearbox. The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is better because you don't have to work it so hard to make brisk progress; it’s quicker than an equivalent Ford Mondeo and we’d say it’s so good that it’s not worth paying the extra for the really gutsy but more expensive 187bhp version.
The Superb rides and handles well, too, if not with the outright vigour of some of the smaller VW Group cars that share its platform, and nor does it have quite the panache of some rivals. That said, it’s a refined companion on motorways.
Inside, the driving position is good; the dashboard and major instruments and controls are all laid out in a clear and logical way, and the quality of materials is high.
The Superb's raison d’être is space, of course, and in that regard there’s a large amount up front and a huge amount in the rear. The boot is long and deep and holds significantly more than its main rivals can, and it is easily accessed. Those after an even longer loadbay can always look at the estate version, which has an even bigger boot.