The new Skoda Superb looks good and is practical, refined and spacious. For most buyers, this car will do everything they need and more.
The Skoda Superb is the Czech brand's largest and most luxurious car. The latest model takes it to a new level, offering the space and refinement of much more expensive saloon cars for a lot less money. The interior is the best that Skoda has ever made and all Superb models come with plenty of standard equipment.
There's a choice of seven engines and almost all of them offer very impressive fuel economy figures while returning ample performance for a car that's been designed to effortlessly carry people around in quiet comfort.
To that end, rear passengers enjoy masses of legroom, while the boot of the saloon-shaped hatchback model is enormous. It offers up to 1,760 litres of luggage space with the rear seats down and an even larger estate version will be added to the range at a later date.
The engines can be fitted with either a manual or a DSG automatic gearbox, as well as front or four-wheel drive. There are some thoughtful design touches on the car, such as umbrellas built into the doors and an ice scraper hidden in the petrol filler flap. The car is available with the latest safety technology, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and parking assistance.
The new Superb is comfortable, quiet and relaxing whether you’re in the front or the back – and if you decide to go for the optional adaptive dampers, the sport setting makes the car surprisingly enjoyable to drive a little quicker when the opportunity arises.
If you’re thinking of buying the new Skoda Superb, we’d recommend the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel model in SE trim. This slightly more powerful diesel model is usefully quicker than the 1.6-litre, but manages to match its economy figures, so it shouldn’t prove any more costly to run. If a petrol engine better suits the way you'll use the car, then the 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI is the one to go for. While all Superb models are well equipped, SE cars get some nice extras on top of the entry-level S specification.
MPG, running costs & CO2
The Skoda Superb can return almost 70mpg - impressive for such a large car
Engines, drive & performance
The Skoda Superb unashamedly places emphasis on comfort over a sporty drive
Interior & comfort
The Skoda Superb's interior is simply designed and well built
Practicality & boot space
There's no shortage of space inside the big Skoda Superb
Reliability & safety
This Skoda Superb is the safest car the firm has ever built