Skoda Superb (2002 – 2008) Review

Skoda Superb (2002 – 2008) At A Glance


+Old model Passat stretched with extra rear legroom. Well liked by owners, especially taxi drivers.

-Accident damage parts supply problems.

On average it achieves 101% of the official MPG figure

You get a lot of car for £14,200 these days. With the Skoda Superb you get 10.4 centimetres more than the VW Passat on which it is based for £650 less money.

That translates into so much rear legroom that back seat passengers may complain of loneliness. And it gives the Superb a very elegant, limo-like look from the rear three-quarters.

Real MPG average for a Skoda Superb (2002 – 2008)


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Average performance


Real MPG

25–60 mpg

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What budget car would you suggest for a trip around Europe?
"What car would you suggest for a trip around Europe (two months long)? Our budget is £3000 to £4000. "
We'd be looking for a Skoda Superb - it would be a very comfortable choice and, with a diesel engine, will be very economical. Avoid the early 1.9 - the 2.0-litre diesel is the one to go for. Also, consider a Toyota Avensis - they're very reliable.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best value for money car to do 36,000 miles per year?
"I'm starting a new job and will travel 120 miles round trip each day, about half motorway and half A/B roads. I don't know if it'd be better to buy new, take out a finance deal or buy a high mileage secondhand vehicle as I will do well over 36,000 miles a year. I'm open-minded about what to buy, but I don't know whether to go petrol or diesel. I do like a comfy ride though as I can suffer from a bad back and, being a Yorkshireman, I always want the best value for money."
It certainly sounds like diesel would suit your mileage. Unfortunately, covering 36k miles a year, you'll take a hit financially whether you buy old or new. My money would probably go on a second-hand Skoda Superb - it offers excellent value for money, and taxi drivers rate them for high mileages. It's also very comfortable. Around £6000 will get you a 2010 model with fairly low miles and lots of life left in it.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My low value car was damaged and I need to claim for repairs, but how do I stop it being written off?
"My 2007 Skoda Superb, which I use drive as a taxi, was hit by a car. It's damaged near the back door and rear panel near the sill. The sill is badly dented, but the door closes and locks. It probably needs a new door, but the pillar isn't twisted. The accident also seems to have jolted the front door latch because the light doesn't come on now. The other driver admitted liability, but four days ago I spent £800 on repairs to get it through the next taxi test in three weeks time. I'm semi-retired, so spending money on another car doesn't warrant the cost in return. This car runs well and did look okay. The licencing officer approved it as long as it passed taxi and MoT tests. I'm worried that when I make a claim they will say the repair is more costly than the car and write it off, not taking to account that it's worth it for me to keep it going. The sideways hit did jolt my neck sideways a little bit though, so I'm going to see my osteopath about it soon. Can I claim for this? Taxi insurance is expensive and I have 11 years protected no claim bonus. Would you have any suggestions on how to proceed with this?"
I would contact a company that specialises in accident management for taxi drivers. They will also be able to assist with the personal injury claim. Alternatively, contact your insurer, it should not affect your no claims bonus. If you have legal assistance with your policy, then you will be able to claim your loss of earnings and personal injury. It does sound like your vehicle may be a total loss, but you could still retain it.
Answered by Tim Kelly
What do you think of the Vauxhall Signum?
"What are your opinions of a Vauxhall Signum as an alternative to an estate? I am 6-feet 5-inches so am concerned that in a small estate, the person/child behind me will have zero legroom."
Horrible handling, intrusive ESP and a sort of plastic tower thing between the front seats that rattled even when the cars were new. Best avoided, especially the dire 1.9-litre diesel. A Skoda Superb Mk 1 or Mk II makes more sense.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Skoda Superb (2002 – 2008) cost?

Buy new from £19,594 (list price from £25,645)