- Incredibly spacious
- Prestige feel
- Impeccably refined
- Not as fun as some rivals
- Automatic is sluggish around town
- Interior not the most striking design
Spacious hatchback is great value for money
The Skoda Superb is the Czech companies entry into the family saloon market, despite the fact that it isn’t a saloon. First introduced in 2001, the Superb has consistently lived up to its name. It offers luxury at a reasonable price. The latest Superb costs the same amount as a Ford Mondeo, or a VW Passat, but manages to compete with more prestigious cars such as the Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series. When you consider how much cheaper the Superb is than those cars, it’s clear that the Superb represents exceptionally good value for money.
The third generation Superb, released in 2015, was based on a completely new design. It’s bigger, better, and more luxurious. It really is better than ever.
Luxurious cabin and huge storage capabilities
One area in which the Superb really does impress is in its interior. Few cars in its class can match the space that the Superb offers, and the quality of the interior is on a par with those on offer from more prestigious brands.
The dashboard of the Superb is a simple design that’s functional, without being a work of art. It’s not as futuristic as you might find in some modern cars, but controls and switches are exactly where you’d want them to be. Materials used throughout are also impressive, with high-quality soft-touch plastics being used across the dash. It really does feel like a prestige car that belies the badge, and build quality is exceptional.
When it comes to space there are few cars that come close to the Superb. Inside, there’s enough room for five people to sit comfortably, and rear legroom is more than you get in some limousines. The boot is similarly impressive. With 625 litres of capacity, it’s almost twice as big as you’d find in a Ford Mondeo. There’s enough room for a full families worth of large suitcases, and there’s lots of ingenious storage solutions both inside the cabin, and in the boot.
Equipment levels in the Superb are, well, superb. Even the entry-level S trim comes stacked with kit. You’ll get sat-nav, air-con, a 5” touch-screen infotainment centre, alloy wheels, DAB, and Bluetooth. The next trim up, the SE, is where the true value lies in the Superb range. It adds a 6.5” touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. That’s an awful lot of kit for very little money.
The interior of the Superb really is a majestic cacophony. Interior quality is almost as good as those on offer from prestige brands, and the Superb also boasts an incredible amount of space. And with generous equipment even in basic models, very few people are going to be disappointed with the Superb.
Comfortable, refined, and assured
The Skoda Superb is a car that’s built for comfort above all else. That means that it’s not as fun to drive as a Ford Mondeo, but that doesn’t mean it’s an unengaging drive. There’s plenty of feedback through the steering, and lots of grip in the corners, especially if you go for a four-wheel drive version. It’s not really a car that’s designed for a B-road blast, but there’s still fun to be had behind the wheel of the Superb.
Suspension and Chassis
Ride quality is yet another area in which the Superb excels. The suspension and chassis works well in the city, out on country roads, and especially shines on motorways. Rough, loose surfaces and potholes are dealt with so smoothly you barely notice them, no matter what speed you’re travelling at. There’s almost no wind and road noise at speed either, which makes the Superb an outstanding motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Superb come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six speed manual, that is an absolute pleasure to use, with the gear ratios suited to both city driving, and motorway cruising. There’s also a DSG automatic available in the range, which isn’t quite so impressive around town, but is remarkably good out on the open roads.
A solid range of powerful, reasonably efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Superb, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s a supremely quick turbocharged engine for the petrolheads, but nearly all engines in the range have enough capability to perform in any situation.
If it’s power that you want from your Superb, you should look no further than the petrol-powered 2.0 TSI 280 engine. With 280bhp on board, you’ll be flying from 0-62mph in a blisteringly quick 5.8 seconds. That sort of power and acceleration is enough to trouble some high-end sports cars. Outpacing a Porsche at the lights has never been so comfortable.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased to know that there’s an engine option in the range that’s perfect for them. It doesn’t quite dip under the magic 100g/km of CO2 mark, but the diesel-powered 1.6 TDI CR S, with just 105g/km, is still pretty good for the environment. It’ll also only cost you £30 each year for road tax, so is a great option for money savers. It gets even better for penny pinchers as this engine can return up to 69mpg. Money saved on tax, money saved on fuel. Excellent.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Superb, you’re going to get enough power, relatively low CO2 emissions, and solid fuel efficiency. The super fast TSI 280 is one to avoid if you don’t want to be shelling out too much money on fuel, but then it is an awful lot of fun.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Skoda Superb easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 86% in adult safety, 86% in child safety, and 71% in pedestrian safety, the Superb is an impeccably safe car. There’s also plenty of drivers aids to keep you safe. Seven airbags, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, a post-collision braking system, and automatic city brake assist are all fitted as standard.
Unbeatable value for money, as long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Skoda Superb represents excellent value for money for drivers. Not only is it one of the best value to buy in its class, it’s also pretty cheap to run. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking CO2 levels throughout the range are on a par with competitors, whilst fuel efficiency is similarly impressive. It’s worth avoiding petrol-powered Superbs if you really want to get good day-to-day value however.
Insurance costs in the Superb are exceptional, especially when you compare it with an Audi A5 or a BMW 5 Series. Costs again depend on which model you go for, but it’s still going to be cheaper than you might expect. The cheapest model in the range is the 1.6 TDI CR S, whilst the most expensive is the top of the range supercar beating 2.0 TSI (280bhp) SE L Executive 4X4 5d DSG.
Depreciation is a factor with the Superb, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Skoda Superb is undoubtedly one of the best value cars currently on sale in the UK. It’s a car that exudes class, and defies its price tag. Interior quality is up there with the big German manufacturers, and there’s more space than you’ll ever need. It’s also comfortable, efficient, and safe. The Superb more than lives up to it’s name, in fact, it exceeds it.
Buying a used Skoda Superb online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Skoda Superb for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Superb. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Skoda Superb online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Skoda? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Skoda Superb, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Superb, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Skoda to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.