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What is it?
The Superb comes as a five-door family hatchback and a five-door estate. Although it’s much the same size as a BMW 5 Series or a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Skoda pitches it - and prices it - at smaller rivals like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. The Superb is available with five trim levels and seven engine choices. Four-wheel drive is an option. This third-generation Superb was introduced in 2015.
What is the Skoda Superb like to drive?
Despite its size the Superb is straightforward to drive, Forward visibility is good, the controls are logically laid out and the estate in particular is easy to reverse because of its boxy shape. The smallest engines require more revs than average to get this large car moving, but even the lowest powered 1.4 petrol is up to the task, the bigger diesels making light work of the big loads that this car can carry. The Superb is comfortable and quiet too, and has notably grippy roadholding on wet roads. Motorway cruising is especially relaxed. With the 220hp and 280hp petrol engines this is a quick car, and it’s effortlessly brisk with the 190hp diesel too. Those living in areas facing difficult winter conditions will appreciate the optional four-wheel drive system, which functions effectively and unobtrusively.
What engines are available?
The Superb range provides four petrol engines and three diesels. The TSI petrols include a 125hp and 150hp 1.4-litre, and a 220hp and 280hp 2.0-litre. TDI diesels start with a 120hp 1.6-litre and also include 150hp and 190hp 2.0-litres. All versions come with a six-speed manual as standard apart from the 280hp 2.0-litre TSI petrol 4WD, which is fitted with a DSG twin-clutch automatic as standard. The DSG automatic is also available with the 150hp 1.4-litre TSI petrol and the 1.6-litre TDI and the 150hp and 190hp 2.0-litre TDI diesels.
What are the key standard features of the Skoda Superb?
The entry-level Superb S comes with Bluetooth, manual air conditioning, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, DAB radio/MP3, USB and aux-in ports, 6.5in touchscreen, four-way adjustable steering wheel, remote central locking, four electric windows, front centre armrest, electric heated mirrors, split-folding rear seats, hill-hold assist, trip computer, leather multi-function wheel, front fog lights, 16in alloys. Estate: roof rails, rear wiper.
- SE (over S): dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, front seat lumbar adjusters, auto wipers, rear parking sensors, cornering foglights, powerfold mirrors, driver alert monitor, umbrellas in front doors, rear centre armrest, 17in alloys.
- SE Business (over SE): sat nav, Alcantara/leather upholstery, front parking sensors, drive mode control, Phone Box signal booster.
- SE L Executive (over SE Business): eight-way electric driver’s seat with memory, heated front seats, leather upholstery, bi-xenon headlights and washers, electrically operated hatch, 18in alloys. Estate: variable height boot floor, boot net. Phone Box not included.
- Laurin & Klement (over SE L): tri-zone climate control, electronic shock absorbers, stereo upgrade, TV tuner, eight-way electric passenger seat, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, automatic parking, foot-operated hatch, keyless entry, heated rear seats, interior styling upgrades, bi-xenon headlights, anthracite alloys. Phone Box not included.
What are the key options?
Sat nav, Phone Box signal booster, internet hotspot, SmartGate driving analysis tool, Alcantara/leather upholstery, leather upholstery, electric front seats, seat heaters, ventilated front seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, sunblinds, waste bin, sunroof, keyless entry, heated windscreen tri-zone climate control, electric boot release, hill-holder, Estate only: panoramic roof, variable boot floor, partition net, automatically retracting parcel shelf.
How spacious is the Skoda Octavia?
The Superb’s rear legroom is limousine-like (among VW Group models, only the long-wheelbase Audi A8 has more) and its boot is no less accommodating. Space up front is generous too. The Superb’s unobstructed boot is enormous whether it’s a saloon or an estate, and in-cabin storage space is good too. With seats in place the hatch can carry 625 litres and the estate 660 litres. With seats folded the carrying capacity of the hatch grows to an impressive 1760 litres and that of the estate up to an even more impressive 1950 litres The estate’s loadbay is one of the largest available.
What will it cost to run?
CO2 emissions range from 105g/km for the 1.6-litre TDI DSG hatchback to 164g/km for the 280hp 2.0-litre TSI DSG auto estate. The standard 1.6-litre TDI saloon emits 108g/km, the while the lowest petrol emissions come from the 150hp 1.4-litre TSI with active cylinder deactivation. Official combined fuel consumption ranges from 70.6mpg for the 1.6-litre TDI DSG to 39.2mpg for the 2.0-litre TSI 280hp DSG auto estate. Benefit in kind exposure starts at 24% for the 1.4-litre TSI SE 150hp with six speed gearbox. All versions get fuel-saving engine stop-start.
What safety features does it have?
Seven airbags, ABS antilock brakes, ESP anti-skid control, front collision assist, post-collision assist and an electronic differential lock are standard. An alarm and immobiliser are also standard. SE and above: driver alert monitor. The Superb achieved a five star EuroNCAP safety rating. Options include rear curtain airbags, lane departure warning, and pre-accident preparation. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear.
What it does it compete with?
Rivals include the Citroen C5, Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Hyundai i40, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Peugeot 508, Toyota Avensis, Vauxhall Insignia and VW Passat in both saloon and estate forms. Premium possibilities include the Audi A4 and A6 saloon and Avant, BMW 3 and 5 Series saloon and Touring, Jaguar XE and XF, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class saloon and estate, Volvo’s S60, S80, V70 and XC70 and the VW Passat CC.