Used Skoda Superb Saloon 2002 - 2008 review

Category: Family car

All the space of a limo for family-car money

Skoda Superb Saloon (02 - 08)
  • Skoda Superb Saloon (02 - 08)
  • Skoda Superb Saloon (02 - 08)
Used Skoda Superb Saloon 2002 - 2008 review
Star rating

What's the used Skoda Superb saloon like?

You get plenty of used car for your money. Those in the back are treated to limo-style legroom and those in the front have even more space to stretch out. Headroom is generous throughout, too, and there's a massive boot. However, the rear seats don't fold on earlier cars.

The cabin is solidly screwed together and you won't find the quality wanting. The layout and weighting of controls are spot-on as well, and there's no shortage of creature comforts or safety kit, either.


All the space of a limo for family-car money

  • Loads of space in a comfortable, well-built saloon
  • Feels like a big car and can be too wallowy

The suspension is tuned for comfort and it wafts along nicely on most surfaces. When the road turns bumpy, though, the body control starts to fall apart and the car can wallow uncomomfortably in corners. Behind the wheel, you're always aware that this is a big car.

Still, the engines are all good and, wind noise apart, the Superb is a comfortable, refined motorway cruncher.

Ownership cost

What used Skoda Superb saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Skoda Superb saloon?

The big-engined Superbs become comparatively cheap used buys very quickly - their resale values are hit hard during their first year from new - but they won't be that cheap to run. The shrewder option for higher-mileage drivers, then, is to go for the 2.0 petrol or 1.9 TDi turbodiesels.

The petrol and diesel V6s, for instance, are noticeably dearer to service - about as expensive, for instance, as a BMW 5 Series - but the lesser models cost roughly the same as a VW Passat, with which the Superb shares much of its mechical parts.

No model will stiff you at the fuel pumps. The worst beating you'll get is from the V6 and 1.8 T petrols (34mpg), but the 1.9 TDi models can nudge 50mpg. Insurance ranges from the group 8 of the 2.0 petrol up to 15 for the 2.8 V6.

Our recommendations

Which used Skoda Superb saloon should I buy?

You're spoilt for choice. Of the three petrol engines, we'd go for the 114bhp 2.0 petrol. Although it's not that quick, it's refined and cheaper than the others. The turbocharged 148bhp 1.8 T ups the pace for virtually no penalty at the fuel pumps, while the 2.8 V6 throws a 190bhp punch from within a silky-smooth glove.

As for the diesels, the 2.5 TDi V6 has huge reserves of smooth, strong pulling power and is pretty frugal given its performance, but it's a pricey used car. There's also a rarer 140bhp 2.0 turbodiesel, but the 1.9 TDi models (100bhp to 129bhp depending on the model) are better value, very economical, quick enough in everyday driving and our favourite diesel engine.

The entry-level models wear Classic badges and carry all you need for comfortable, safe family motoring. The bar is raised on Comfort models and Elegance is the plush, part-leather range-topper.


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