What used Skoda Superb hatchback will I get for my budget?
It’s possible to pick up a Superb for around £8000, but it's likely to be one with a high mileage. If you increase the budget slightly to between £10,000 and £12,000, 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. For £13,000-£15,000, you can get an excellent early 2018 or 2019 car that'll satisfy the same criteria. Expect to spend £18,000 to £25,000 on a 2020 or newer car.
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 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 that date will have the same flat-rate fee for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. This currently stands at £155 per year for petrol and diesel cars, while hybrids will currently cost you £145 per year. Find out more about the current road tax costs 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 a month 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 pay separately for any extra jobs required (such as air and fuel filter replacements).