Skoda Superb (2015) Review

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Skoda Superb (2015) At A Glance

5/5

+Large hatchback that offers excellent value for money. Limousine-like legroom and bootspace. Efficient range of engines. Improved even more with 2019 facelift.

-Driving experience is more functional than fun. Suspension can seem a little unsettled on rough roads.

New prices start from £27,065, brokers can source from £20,907
Insurance Groups are between 12–29
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The Superb is the halo model in the Skoda range and remains true to its creator’s value for money principles by providing the size and feel of a luxury saloon for the same cost of a family hatchback. As a result the Superb represents excellent value, with no other model coming close to matching its size, equipment levels or low running costs.

Like the previous generation, the Superb is large and boasts a cavernous interior that has little trouble carrying five large adults in stately comfort. Both the driver and front seat passenger get more head and legroom - while the rear seats provide a limo-rivalling legroom, which means six footers will be able to stretch out and relax in the back over long trips.

The interior is filled with high quality materials which provide an upmarket feel that wouldn't be amiss in any German executive car costing upwards of £50,000. All of the plastics have a soft-touch, while many of the buttons and switches are carried over from the latest Volkswagen Passat, which means they work with a reassuring clunk. The Superb also gets a huge and usefully practical boot.

Equipment levels are high and even base models get alloy wheels, front fog lights, air conditioning and a five-inch touchscreen as standard. An electronic parking brake is also included and has a feature that will automatically hold the car for tricky hill starts.

There is a wide range of engines to choose from and power outputs range from a frugal 120PS to a hot hatch rivalling 272PS. Most engines are linked to a smooth six-speed manual gearbox, although six-speed and seven-speed DSG 'boxes are standard for the more powerful versions.

The Skoda Superb works best with diesel power and the 2.0 TDI with 150PS is the best all-rounder, providing plenty of mid-gear acceleration. The diesel is hushed at higher speeds and cheap to run, making it an ideal choice for company car drivers. In 2019 it was updated with better fuel economy and lower emissions.

If your daily mileage doesn't warrant a diesel then there's also a 150PS 1.5 TSI petrol (an earlier 1.4 TSI was available until late 2018) or if you want power, there's a 2.0 TSI.

On the road the Skoda Superb is quiet, refined and relaxing to drive, which makes it the perfect companion for long distances. An electronic differential is fitted to all cars as standard, which means the Superb is predictable in the corners with lots of grip, while the soft suspension provides a cushioned ride, even when fitted with 18-inch wheels. 

However, the Superb is at its best on the motorway and even the diesels are hushed at high speeds, operating with a soothing but quiet buzz. Most models get adaptive cruise control as standard and the steering provides lots of feedback, with a nice weighty feel and smooth operation. Only the roughest of A or B roads will cause the Superb's suspension to bobble out of sync, but this is a minor criticisms of what is otherwise one of the best and most spacious family cars money can buy.

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Real MPG average for a Skoda Superb (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

80%

Real MPG

24–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

342

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Which car should I buy for motorway commuting?
"I am looking for a car for motorway commuting and I am spiralling down an endless rabbit hole of options! I drive around 500 miles a week - a mix of 80% double carriage/motorway and 20% single carriage/broads/town. Comfort and economy are important to me so ideally I'm thinking of a biggish car (though I'm not keen on SUVs). I do quite like my options too (i.e. adaptive cruise control, digital dashboard). My budget is around £30k and I'm considering the following: Mercedes-Benz C-Class or E-Class, BMW 3 Series or 5 Series, Skoda Octavia or Superb, Jaguar XE or XF, or Volkswagen Arteon. What do you recommend? "
The Skoda Superb estate scores well for user satisfaction and your budget will get you a post-facelift example with all the toys you mention. For ultimate comfort, the Mercedes C-Class is a good shout and it's just been replaced so there may be deals to be done on slightly older cars. The E-Class is even more comfortable and many of them will have been specified with air suspension that takes them to another level compared to the rivals you mention. The Jaguars offer a great balance between comfort and handling, particularly the XF, but they're feeling a little dated now. The BMW prioritises comfort at the slight expense of comfort, but both the 3 and 5 Series are still great cars to do lots of miles in.
Answered by Russell Campbell
What's the best petrol or electric car for a tall driver?
"What's the best petrol or electric car for a tall driver?"
Try the Skoda Superb Estate. It's huge – with loads of adjustment in the seating position. Alternatively, consider big SUVs like the Audi Q7.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best car for legroom?
"We are a very tall family and we need a new car. My husband and I are both over six foot and our kids are very tall, too. My teenage son is six foot four inches! We are going to showrooms at the moment but are struggling to find a car that has enough legroom. We really didn't want a massive car, maybe up to Volvo XC60 size. We loved the Volvo but my son's knees were up against the front seat so it was a no go. Any recommendations of good cars to go and see?"
Have you considered the Skoda Superb? You won't find a car with more rear legroom at the Skoda's starting price of £26,500. Its boot is also massive, especially if you go for the estate model, and it is a very comfortable car to drive, with a decent choice of petrol, diesel and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid engines. It's two centimetres longer than the XC60 but feels less bulky to drive. If you fancy a car that's more of a direct rival to the XC60, take a look at the Audi Q5. It is available with a sliding back seat that means you can prioritise knee room over boot space. Although it doesn't have the endless knee room you get in the Skoda, it's generally very spacious and has a posh cabin, with slick infotainment.
Answered by Russell Campbell
What needs changing at the same time a cambelt is replaced?
"My Skoda Superb is 5 years old with 37,500 miles. I'm told the cambelt should be changed at this age. What else should be done at the same time?"
Water pump, auxiliary tensioner and auxiliary belt.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Skoda Superb (2015) cost?

Buy new from £20,907 (list price from £27,180)