Skoda Superb Estate

Huge interior space in a smart-looking body

8.9
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This is the average score given by leading car publications from 15 reviews
  • Smarter looking
  • More spacious
  • Cheaper to run
  • Not as premium as the Passat
  • Getting more expensive
  • Very little else
 

£21,065 - £36,310 Price range

 

5 Seats

 

39 - 76 MPG

Review

If you need a large family car with loads of rear legroom and a massive boot then the new Skoda Superb estate ticks those boxes. It offers more space than rivals such as the Ford Mondeo estate, Volkswagen Passat estate and the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer.

Prices start from £21,065 and if you buy your new Superb Estate using carwow, you can save £4,370 on average.

One of the few criticisms levelled at the old Superb was its ungainly styling, but that issue has been well and truly cured in the new car. Its angular front grille gives it new-found character, while the rest of its lines echo the Germanic design of a car that’s emerged from underneath the Volkswagen Group’s umbrella.

The same is true inside. In keeping with the name, plastic quality is indeed ‘superb’ and the car is littered with handy touches – including umbrellas hidden in the front doors and a removable torch in the boot – that make it a joy to use everyday. It might not be as classy as a VW or Audi, but the quality of the construction is there to see and feel.

Out on the road, it is clear the Superb has been designed with comfort in mind. The suspension has been setup to be cosseting rather than firm, but up the pace and the big Skoda is still fun to drive. Despite its extremely compliant ride the Superb doesn’t lean too much in corners and its direct steering weighs up nicely at speed.

The strong range of engines offers a mixture of performance and economy – the most economical model can return more than 70mpg – and buyers can also choose to specify four-wheel drive for all-weather grip.

Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, an eight-speaker stereo and electric windows all round.

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While Skoda has kept the design of the Superb’s interior very simple it feels extremely well built and its clear layout makes it very easy to use. One tester noted that it feels as well built as a more expensive cars from the class above. SE-L Executive models and above get an eight-inch touchscreen with sat-nav that is easy to use and makes the interior look super modern.

Skoda’s ‘simply clever’ ethos sees to it that the interior is brimming with useful features, such as the aforementioned umbrellas hidden in the front doors and the removable rechargeable torch in the boot. But also items such as an ice scrapper hidden under the fuel flap and an iPad dock for the rear seats that can be attached to the front centre armrest or the front seats’ headrests. Apple CarPlay is another useful feature that means the Superb can mirror the screen of you iPhone. It works simply by connecting your phone to the car’s USB port and can be used to read text messages and easily access your music collection.

Skoda Superb passenger space

Passenger space in the Superb is among the best currently available in any estate. Six-footers will fit in the front very easily indeed, and glancing over their shoulder reveals that rear-seat passengers (of a similar size) have some serious legroom at their disposal. Testers recommend opting for the panoramic sunroof that makes the interior feel light and airy and doesn’t make a significant dent in headroom as it does in some models.

Skoda Superb boot space

It’s hard to imagine ever needing a bigger boot than the one the Superb estate sports. It offers 660 litres even with the rear seats up. By comparison a Ford Mondeo estate can only offer 525 litres and the the Mercedes E-Class estate (an expensive car from the class above) falls short with its 600-litre boot. Drop the Skoda’s rear seats down – something that’s done in seconds by yanking a couple of levers – and the cargo capacity leaps to a massive 1,950 litres.

It’s easy to load too. Skoda fits the car with a false floor that can rise to sit flush with the boot lip making it easy to slide large items in and there’s room enough for objects of up to 3.3m in length. Top-spec L&K models also get an electrically operated boot and the amount it opens can be adjusted if, for example, you need to access the load bay in a low-ceilinged multi-storey carpark.

Although its size might make you think otherwise, the Superb is based on the same structure as a Volkswagen Golf and its advanced design means it is lighter than you’d think given its size.

Its soft suspension means passengers feel cushioned from bumps and road imperfections and although it can wallow and pitch over crests the Superb never feels out of control, even if you give it some down a challenging country road.

Much of this feeling of security comes from the large steering wheel that gives the Skoda a steady feel in the corners. Switching to Sport in the drive select system adds weight and once you cut through the initial body lean entering a corner, there’s plenty of grip and the Superb feels unshakeably solid. Enthusiastic drivers should consider the optional adaptive dampers, which allow for ‘sport’ and ‘comfort’ settings for less lean in corners or an even more comfortable ride.

Out on the motorway the Superb feels even more at home. Only road noise is noticeable enough at the national speed limit to be worthy of comment, meaning basic models with 16-inch alloy wheels are quietest of all. Specifying active cruise control and lane assist means that the driver doesn’t have to do much more than guide the steering wheel at a cruise, so huge motorway slogs pass by painlessly.

A DSG twin-clutch gearbox is also on the options list and, although it’s sometimes slow to shift down, the problem can be avoided by using the car’s steering-wheel mounted paddles to manually change gear. If you regularly drive on wet and slippery roads, or plan to use the car for towing, there’s also the option to fit four-wheel drive.

Skoda offers the same range of engines in the Superb estate as are available in the hatchback, so there’re four petrol and three diesels to choose from.

Skoda Superb diesel engines

Expected to be the bestseller in the UK is the 148hp 2.0-litre diesel, which gets the car from 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds and keeps going until its top speed of 130mph. It offers plenty of power for shifting the car when it’s fully loaded and for performing swift overtakes, but the same engine is quieter at a cruise when fitted to the new Audi A4. The popular diesel can return fuel economy of 61.4mpg and costs only £30 a year to tax, thanks to CO2 emissions of 120g/km.

For more performance there’s an 187hp version of the same engine, which returns fuel economy of  55.4mpg and costs £130 to tax, but its standard four-wheel-drive system makes the car heavier. As a result its 0-62mph time of 7.7 seconds means it doesn’t feel much faster than the 148hp model.

Skoda Superb petrol engines

Petrol versions of the Superb include a 1.4-litre model with 148hp – it can return fuel economy of 52.3mpg and produces CO2 emissions of 126g/km, meaning it costs £110 to tax a year.

Topping the range is the 2.0-litre petrol with 276hp. It’s the same engine used in the Golf R and rockets the big superb from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds, but comes with running costs to match: fuel economy sits at 40.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 168g/km mean annual road tax will set you back £225. While the fast Superb might not be as fun-to-drive as a BMW 330i Tourer, it is just as quick, infinitely more practical and a lot less flashy.

The new Skoda Superb was awarded five stars by Euro NCAP when it was crash tested in 2015. All models come fitted with a volley of airbags, stability control traction control and a seatbelt reminder. The Lauren & Klement model is safer still because it comes fitted as standard with a blind-spot-warning system and lane assist.

The Superb S is the cheapest model in the range, but you would be hard pushed to notice. It’s good looking thanks to its body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors, and you also get 16-inch alloy wheels. 

Equipment levels reflect the car’s price, but – with air-conditioning, a DAB digital radio, electric windows all round, electrically operated and heated door mirrors and a height adjustable driver’s seat – all coming as standard, you want for very little.

Skoda Superb Sportline

Sportline trim adds zest to the Superb’s appearance, thanks to 19-inch Anthracite Vega alloy wheels, sporty new bumpers, tinted windows, and a black gloss finish for the grille, wing mirrors and window surrounds. Inside, there’s a three-spoke sports steering, quilted Alcantara seats, LED ambient lighting, carbon trim pieces, aluminium pedals and black headlining.

Skoda Superb SE

SE models make sense if you’ll do a lot of your driving on the motorway. The trim comes as standard with automatic cruise control, which can slow the car automatically before returning to a preset speed when the road is clear. The rear parking sensors will make reversing into tight spaces that bit easier, and auto lights and wipers mean there’s less to distract you when driving.

Skoda Superb SE L

SE L cars come with sat-nav as standard, which – along with the leather interior – makes the cabin look smarter. The exterior is also more eye-catching thanks to big 18-inch alloy wheels and bi-xenon headlights complete with high-pressure washers.

Skoda Superb Laurin & Klement

Flashy Laurin & Klement trim can seem at odds with the good-value ethos of the Superb, but the extra cash does get you a near-endless list of equipment. That includes lane and park assist, a TV tuner, adjustable dampers, heated front and rear seats, and a powerful stereo system.

Conclusion

Armed with its sharp new looks the Skoda Superb becomes one of our favourite cars currently on sale. Everything about it oozes quality from the shut lines on the outside, to the design and construction of the inside.

It may not be quite as sharp to drive as an Audi, but most families will be more interested in suspension that absorbs bumps and floats over imperfections, yet never makes the Superb feel all at sea if you do up the pace.

Badge snobs may prefer a VW or Audi, but they’ll be missing out because the Skoda offers 99 per cent of those cars’ perceived quality for significantly less money. As a family estate car, it is extremely hard to fault.

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