What used Skoda Superb hatchback will I get for my budget?
It’s possible to pick up a Superb for around £8000, but this is likely to be one with a high mileage. Up the budget slightly to between £10,000 and £12,000 and you’ll have your pick of good 2016 and 2017 cars, all with an average mileage for the year, a full service history and bought from an independent or franchised dealer. Meanwhile, £13,000-£15,000 gets you an excellent early 2018 car that'll satisfy the same criteria. Spend between £16,000 to £18,000 on a 2019 model, and nearer £20,000 to £25,000 on a 2020 car.
How much does it cost to run a Skoda Superb hatchback?
The diesels are the most economical, with the 1.6 TDI Greenline returning an official average of 72.4mpg and the 148bhp 2.0 TDI averaging a healthy 65.7mpg in SE trim. The cheapest petrol to run will be the 1.4 TSI 150, which returns an average 54.3mpg.
Post-WLTP engines don't seem quite so economical, but the figures quoted for these models should be more relevant to real-world driving. The newer 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol continues to be the most efficient model to drink from the green pump at 43.5mpg, while the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel continues to impress with a figure of 55.4mpg. The more powerful 187bhp diesel is far thirstier, at 44.1mpg, but that figure is for a car with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. The worst of the lot is the most powerful 2.0-litre petrol, which returns 33.2mpg.
No Superb quite breaks into the free road tax band, but the 1.6 TDI Greenline comes close with CO2 emissions of 109g/km, followed closely by the 2.0-litre diesel at 112g/km. The cylinder deactivation technology of the 148bhp 1.4 and 1.5-litre petrol helps to keep emissions down to 119 and 120g/km respectively. Don't believe us? Well, the regular 123bhp 1.4 petrol, which does without such tech, emits more at 126g/km – almost as much as the 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel that's lumbered with an auto gearbox and four-wheel drive. Neither the 217bhp (146g/km) nor 276bhp (168g/km) 2.0-litre petrols is particularly eco-friendly.
Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending on the emissions the engine produces (see above for more information), while examples registered after this date will have the same flat-rate fee for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. This currently stands at £150 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing plans are available for the Superb for a reasonable price, covering two or three services, depending on the length of cover you want, and payable by direct debit. Examples between one and 10 years old will either cost you £22.50 over 18 months for two services, or 24 payments of £28 for three visits. Alternatively, you can go for a fixed-price service at £179 and add on any extra jobs (such as air and fuel filter replacements) separately, when required.
Insurance groups are reasonable, starting at just 12 for the 1.6 TDI and rising to 31 for the faster petrols.
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