The new Skoda Superb offers class-leading rear legroom and Volkswagen levels of build quality for less than the cost of an equivalent Passat, or Ford Mondeo. The Passat has a nicer interior, though, and the Mondeo is more fun to drive.
Want luxury car space for family car prices? Well, then a Skoda Superb has to be on your list of test drives. You won’t be shortchanged elsewhere, either, because the Superb is also comfortable and very well equipped, although It’s fair to say a Volkswagen Passat is slightly plusher inside. A Ford Mondeo is more fun in the corners, too.
From the outside, the Skoda Superb’s angular headlight design and beak-like grille, strong creases down the flanks (and tapered rear doors) help it look sleeker than a car with the Superb’s dimensions really should.
Inside, the Superb’s interior is solidly built and features attractive chrome and piano black touches, although a Passat just has the edge when it comes to soft-touch plastics. Still, all models come with a touchscreen infotainment system from 6.5 to 9.2 inches. All are responsive and are easy to navigate, but get more visually appealing and feature-packed as they grow in size.
But the Skoda Superb’s real party piece is its limo-like rear legroom, exceeding what you’ll get in every other alternative. The back is simply huge, but there’s also plenty of room for adults upfront and numerous, generously sized cubby holes scattered around the interior. With a 625-litre boot, you get far more luggage space than in a Passat or Mondeo, too.
Bullet-proof build quality and acres of space – the Superb's a family car that's in a league of its own
Engine choices range from an economical 120hp 1.6-litre diesel to a fast 272hp 2.0-litre petrol, with more sensible 150hp petrol and diesels in between. Six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic gearboxes are available, while the more powerful models can be had with all-wheel drive too.
All Superbs focus more on comfort than setting lap times, but that’s just fine. Its suspension can be quite noisy in town, but it soaks up bumps well, while things only get better at higher speed on the motorway. You can also add adaptive dampers if you want to soften and stiffen the suspension at will, but most people needn’t bother.
There’s lots to love about The Skoda Superb, then. It looks sharp, is vast inside, comes crammed with equipment and is relaxing to drive. It’s a strong contender to a Passat or Mondeo, but if you don’t mind that Skoda Badge, pricier versions will give a Mercedes E-Class or BMW 5 Series a run for their money too.
Sold? Read our driving, interior and practicality sections for a more in-depth look at the Skoda Superb. Also, make sure to check out our Superb deals page to see just how much you could save on one.