What's the used Skoda Superb hatchback like?
There are no two ways about it: if what you require most from an executive car is a spacious 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's what's most important to you when choosing a car, the Superb has won the vote before it even 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 comes with a broad range of excellent engines. The 123bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine props up the range, followed by a more powerful 148bhp version (replaced with a 1.5-litre petrol with the same power output post-WLTP from 2018 onwards). There are also a couple of versions of the 2.0-litre petrol (217bhp or 276bhp), but it’s the 118bhp 1.6-litre and 148bhp 2.0-litre diesels that dominated sales and are the most prevalent on the used market. The 2.0 TDI is also available with 187bhp and can be had with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Later models also introduced a 1.4-litre petrol-electric hybrid option.
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 equipped offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Sportline and Sportline Plus trims were added later, offering larger alloys, interior and sporty carbonfibre exterior styling details and sitting between SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement trims.
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. 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 the materials used is high.
As intimated, there’s masses of interior space up front and even more lounging room in the rear. The boot is long and deep and holds significantly more than those of the Superb's main rivals, and it is easily accessed via a hatchback tailgate. Those after an even longer load bay can always look at the estate version, which has an even bigger boot.
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