Skoda Superb review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:hybrid, petrol, diesel
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Keen list prices and competitive PCP finance rates make the Superb a shrewd buy, but you'll pay even less if you look at our New Car Buying pages. Impressive fuel economy and competitive servicing costs also make the best-selling versions relatively cheap to run, although the depreciation over three years isn't as impressive (that's the percentage of the list price that you lose) as it will be on premium models, including the BMW 3 Series.

The Superb makes a great company car choice as well. The 1.5 TSI 150 petrol and 2.0 TDI 150 diesel engines offer the most competitive benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates of the regular engines (the 1.6 TDI isn't especially efficient), but the diesels will return the best fuel economy. Yet the best choice for the lowest BIK payments is the plug-in hybrid 1.4 TSI iV 218, which has CO2 emissions of just 35g/km. With both fuel sources used (petrol and battery) it is claimed to have a maximum range of 578 miles, and the 13kWh battery takes five hours to charge from a three-pin plug, or 3.5hrs if you have a home wallbox fitted. 

Equipment, options and extras

Even the entry-level S model has a few goodies: 16in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, keyless start, LED headlights and a leather-trimmed gearlever and steering wheel. Step up to SE for bigger 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and adaptive cruise control – as well as the front and rear parking sensors, adjustable lumbar support and better infotainment system we've talked about before. 

However, our pick of the range is SE Technology trim. This builds on SE trim by adding sat nav, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, blind spot detection and privacy glass. It's particularly intended for company-car buyers, but private buyers should be able to order one by talking to their Skoda retailer or checking out our New Car Buying pages.

The rest of the range gets evermore lavishly kitted out, and is still great value for money compared with offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but if you're after superb value for money they make less sense.

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Reliability

Skoda finished an impressive 9th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, performing better than its more expensive sister brands Volkswagen and Audi, as well as premium marques such as BMW and Mercedes. However, when measured against others in the executive car class, the Superb finished in the middle of the pack.

Skoda provides a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee. That's helpful, but beaten by the unlimited-mileage warranties offered by BMW and Mercedes, and the standard seven-year warranty you get from Kia. You can extend the Superb's warranty to five years or 100,000 miles for a reasonable one-off cost.

Safety and security

Every Superb comes with stability control, seven airbags – including a driver’s knee bag – and a post-collision braking system. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) (including pedestrian detection) is fitted to help reduce the risk of low-speed collisions. Other standard safety equipment includes Isofix child seat mounting points in the outer rear seats. The only slight disappointment is that, while standard on SE L and above, and optional on SE, blind spot monitoring isn’t available on base S trim at all.

In its 2015 Euro NCAP safety tests, the Superb scored the maximum five-star rating. However, that was five years ago and the current tests, which have been performed on many newer models, such as the BMW 3 Series, are more stringent, making results hard to compare. 

The Superb comes with an alarm and immobiliser as standard, and security experts at Thatcham Research awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to theft and four out of five for safeguarding against being broken into.

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Overview

The Skoda Superb is pretty comfortable, well equipped, great value for money and one of the roomiest cars in its class. If you can forego a premium German badge, it's a spankingly good car all round.

  • Vast interior and boot space
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Classy, high-quality interior
  • Some rivals are more fun to drive
  • Diesel engines sound a little gruff
  • Automatic gearbox can be a tad jerky in traffic