Skoda Superb (2008 – 2015) At A Glance
If you still have any preconceived ideas about the Skoda brand be prepared to change them. Because the Superb finally dispels all those old myths and shows that it's possible to find a car that's well built, incredibly spacious and good to drive, but still great value for money.
The Superb has as much rear space as four-door saloons that cost three times as much while the quality feel of the interior adds to the premium car feel. Yet with prices starting at less than £20,000, it almost seems too good to be true. But there's no catch. This is simply one of the most compelling cars on the market today and a model that does everything right and very little wrong.
There's a good choice of engines including the usual 2.0 TDI options while the GreenLine variant is powered by a 1.6 TDI which works surprisingly well considering its small size and returns a claimed 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions of just 119g/km. There are also 4x4 versions plus the option of DSG automatics. On the road the Superb handles very well with nicely weighted steering and good poise in corners.
The Superb also comes with the clever Twindoor feature - standard on all models. It means the tailgate of the Superb can open as a standard boot or, with the push if a different button, it opens as a hatchback giving it great practicality if needed. This also gives great access to the huge boot while other highlights inside include the now famous umbrella holder in the left-hand rear door on SE and Elegance models.
Skoda Superb 2013 Facelift Road Test
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How often does a timing belt need replacing?
"My six-year-old Skoda Superb has done 34,000 miles. I have been told that I need to replace the timing belt and I presume the water pump, is this right?"
We say timing belts, tensioners, water pumps and aux belts should be replaced every five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first unless the manufacturer recommends earlier replacement.
Which cheap car will be best for my 80-mile commute?
"I need a car for my daily commute of 80 miles. The journey is packed with traffic and usually involves a lengthy motorway crawl. I'm thinking I need an auto that's comfortable, economical and reliable for around £7000. Was thinking an early BMW 120d, but worry about an old diesel's reliability. What do you think?"
I think you're right to be cautious of diesels, but they might still be a good choice for an 80-mile motorway commute. It depends how regularly you drive for a prolonged period (more than 30 minutes) at speeds of more than 40mph. If you do this on your commute, a car's diesel particulate filter (DPF) should successfully be able to burn soot off the filter. I'd avoid an early BMW 1 Series, though - they don't ride particularly well and timing chain failures are common. A Skoda Superb would be a good, comfortable choice and there's a wide range of petrol and diesel engines available.
What's the best car for a 600 mile weekly commute?
"I face a 600 mile per week commute and need a reliable, comfortable and cheap to run car (in that order). I'm 6'6" tall and have a family plus a dog. I don't mind the badge but the budget is up to £6000 although I'd be very happy to spend a lot less!"
For that kind of mileage, I'd be taking inspiration from taxi drivers. A diesel Toyota Avensis would be very robust and your budget will get you one with lots of life left in it. It's not an exciting or interesting car, but it will do the job and ought to be comfortable. You can get an estate version for carrying the dog, too. If you bought a 2011 model with around 70,000 miles on the clock, I'd look to keep it for three or four years before seeking a replacement. As an alternative, the Skoda Superb is a bit more comfortable and spacious than the Avensis. We've not had many reports of issues with the diesel engines, although the DSG automatic gearboxes can be troublesome.
Should I get the emissions update done on my 100,000 mile Skoda Suberb?
"I own a 2009 Skoda Superb. It runs very well, done 110,000 miles and I plan to keep it. Skoda have invited me to bring it in for emission software change, assuring that there will be no change in fuel economy or power. The next service is not due for some time. Having read your replies to various queries on this, I am minded to wait till the next service, or even not have it done then. What do you think?"
By 110,000 miles the injectors will be worn, the EGR valve stem will be worn and the DPF will be filling up with ash (and is soon likely to cause problems anyway). The NOx emissions fix involves a more complex injection cycle that imposes more work on the injectors and the EGR so if they are already well worn the engine will probably have problems. If the dealer guarantees to replace any worn parts, then okay to go ahead, but he is highly unlikely to, and you could be faced with post fix bills of up to £2500 for a new EGR and new injectors.