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Skoda Superb Review

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      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      Large family car
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid
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“Big, understated, luxury car alternative”

Best bits

  •  More space than a black hole   
  • Hybrid really does offer the best of both worlds  
  •  So much car for the money, but it doesn’t feel cheap    

Not so great

  • It’ll not thrill you to drive
  • It might actually be superb, but you’ll feel silly saying its name
  • DSG automatic can be befuddled and the diesels noisy

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Overall verdict

"If space is the ultimate luxury, then the Skoda Superb can be counted as one of the most luxurious cars in the world. Like the Octavia below it. It’s not just a little bit spacious, either, it’s vast, so if your kids are giants shortlisted for the national basketball team, the Superb offers the sort of lounging room in the rear you'd expect to get in a luxury saloon like the Mercedes S-Class."

Skoda Superb Front Side View

That makes it a hugely appealing family car. That it’s a popular car among taxi and chauffeuring firms is no surprise, either, underlining not just the Superb’s gargantuan cabin and boot space, but also its longevity. 


Indeed, take the Skoda badges out of a Superb and your passengers would merrily describe it as a Volkswagen or Audi inside such is the interior quality, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong either. It all feels very Volkswagen Group in its interior fit, finish and look, which is a compliment here, again only adding to the feeling that you’re getting a lot of car for your money. 


A hatchback rather than a saloon, the wide opening at the rear only adds to the Superb’s usefulness, though if you want even more space you can have the Superb as an estate model, which we've reviewed separately. 


There are five trim levels and seven engine choices, in manual or automatic guise and front or four-wheel drive. One of the engine choices being a plug-in hybrid that mates a 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine to an electric motor, which brings the potential for electric only motoring over a genuinely useful range.    


This model arrived in 2015, and was given a facelift for the 2020 model year. The name couldn’t be more descriptive, either, as really it is Superb, indeed, the biggest bugbear for those of us writing about it is to find other adjectives to describe it. The Superb is then, according to Microsoft Word’s thesaurus - outstanding, wonderful, terrific, splendid, fabulous, fantastic, marvellous, magnificent and more, and really we’re not about to disagree.   


Is the Skoda Superb right for you?

It’s difficult to make a case against the Superb, unless you’re sold on the idea of a higher riding SUV. Even then we’d default to the big, capable Skoda, because it’ll serve you just as well, if not better. Indeed, there’s barely a question the Superb can’t answer, whether it’s in relation to space, comfort, economy, budget and more. Now there’s the plug-in hybrid, there’s even decent battery-only electric vehicle (EV) capability to allow guilt-free school drop-offs with no tailpipe emissions. 


Actually, there’s one area where the Superb misses out, sportiness, Skoda, sensibly not grafting its sporting vRS badge on the Superb, dropping the suspension, upping the power, and adding some contrasting stitching inside - because nobody really wants them to. Need more space? Then the Skoda Superb Estate is the one, but as all-rounders go the Superb is among the very best out there, which pretty much makes it the perfect family car. 


What's the best Skoda Superb model/engine to choose?

Skoda offers the Superb with seven engine choices and they’re all turbocharged whether they’re diesel or petrol. The smaller petrol and diesel engines are fine, but a little bit overwhelmed, so we’d avoid them unless you’re really tight on your budget. The previous go-to engine was always the 150PS 2.0-litre TDI, and that remains the case, particularly combined with SE L trim, because of its ample equipment, acceptable, easy performance and good economy. 


With the 2019 revisions Skoda introduced the 1.4 TSI iv, which is a plug-in hybrid, it being more tax efficient, offers a useful up to 30 mile electric-only range and good combined economy when you need to go further. Again, we’d opt for it in SE L trim because you get pretty much everything you need, or want, at a sensible price. Pounding motorways? Pick that diesel. Do more mixed driving with a plug-in charging box at home and work? Then the iv hybrid will serve you very well.    


What other cars are similar to the Skoda Superb?

Similar in relation to interior space? That puts the Superb up along with luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class . In the mainstream large family saloon/hatchback sphere its most obvious rival is the Volkswagen Passat. Indeed, compare the brochures for the Volkswagen and the Skoda and you’ll notice that the Superb uses all the same engines, transmissions and even hybrid systems, but wraps it all up in a larger, cheaper package. 


Other mainstream alternatives include cars like the Mazda 6, Volvo S60, Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport and many more, while you might consider their premium alternatives, like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, even if the Superb’s scale is more BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class outside, and the class above inside. 


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