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Skoda Superb (2002–2008)

Last updated 28 February 2017

 
3
Kerb weight 1465–1706 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing -

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Driving

The driving experience is partly familiar Passat, and partly not. The car I drove was the £16,000 TDI 130 Comfort, and it went as well as you'd expect a well-seasoned TDI PD 130 to go. 32mph per 1,000 rpm and a wall of torque from 2,000 - 3,000 rpm meant a small prod instantly lifted you from 80 - 100mph. But that extra wheelbase did mean it differed slightly from the Passat in the way it handled. The steering is disconcertingly centre-weighted so you can really feel the pendulum effect of the heavy engine overhanging the front wheels. But once you learn to drive through that, it actually clings on extremely well. You just have to be careful about getting tired on a motorway where a long sweeping bend could see you lurching from lane to lane if you don't brace one of your arms holding the wheel.

I did over 1,000 miles in week in the Superb, got to appreciate its punchy power, and averaged 44.47mpg, which is exactly what the trip computer said I was doing. If you're big and need a big but economical car I can't think of anything better.

And that applies whether it's your own car or on the company.

 

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.8 20V Turbo 34 mpg 9.5 s 134 mph 199 g/km
1.9 TDI 48–49 mpg 11.7–12.3 s 119–123 mph 153–159 g/km
2.0 33 mpg 11.6 s 122 mph 204 g/km
2.0 TDI 44 mpg 9.9 s 133 mph 169 g/km
2.0 TDI PD 44 mpg 9.9 s 133 mph 169 g/km
2.8 V6 29 mpg 8.0 s 147 mph 230 g/km
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