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 ideal.
No other car in its class can match it for space, so if that's what's most important to you, the Superb has won the vote before it even turns a wheel. There’s more to buying a used car than that, of course – but the good news is that the Superb delivers just about everywhere else too.
SE Technology is a business-based trim that adds sat-nav, front parking sensors and an electric driver’s seat with memory function. 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.
Sportline and Sportline Plus trims, which sit between SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement, were added later, offering larger alloys and extra styling details, including sporty carbon fibre exterior ones.
On the road, all the engines give the Superb reasonable pace despite its generous proportions, and on-paper fuel economy is impressive for such a competent executive car. The Superb rides and handles well, too, although not with the outright vigour of some of the smaller VW Group cars that share its platform. It doesn't have quite the panache of some rivals, but it’s a refined companion on motorways.
Turning to the interior, 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. There is masses of interior space up front and even more lounging room in the back.
The boot – which is easily accessed via a hatchback tailgate – is long and deep, and holds significantly more than those of the Superb's main rivals. If you want an even longer load bay, there's the estate version, which has an even bigger boot.