Skoda Superb (2015) Review

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 £30,310, brokers can source from £19,132
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.

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

308

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Should I get my four year old car serviced by an independent garage?
"What are the disadvantages of having my Skoda Superb serviced locally now that it’s 4 years old? It has only driven 13,000 miles."
There aren't many disadvantages. Check if the garage uses genuine parts – aftermarket parts are cheaper but might not be as good. Otherwise, dealer service history might be more desirable when you sell the car but it isn't likely to make a significant impact on the car's resale value.
Answered by Andrew Brady
When should I have the timing belt changed?
"I have a 2016 Skoda Superb that's done 68,000 miles. When should I have the timing belt changed?"
Most cam belt failures we hear about are between 50,000-100,000 miles. That's why I always recommend replacing the cam belt, tensioner and water pump every 50,000-60,000 miles or five years (whichever comes first).
Answered by Dan Powell
Need a spacious family car - Skoda Superb or Kia Optima?
"I've currently got a 2014 Citroen C4 Picasso which I love for the spacious interior but it has proven unreliable, with five major mechanical issues in the past two years. I've been looking at the Kia Optima for a long warranty, and a Skoda Superb because everyone tells me Skodas are reliable. Which is better and are there any other options I should be considering? It will be the main family car and used for occasional trips to France, so luggage space is a top priority, alongside reliability and a spacious cabin. Budget is up to £15k and it must have an automatic gearbox."
The Skoda Superb and the Kia Optima are both very good large family cars. However, as a second-hand £15k purchase, I'd probably go with the Kia. The Optima is comfortable, easy to drive and very well-equipped as standard. It's also backed by a huge seven-year-warranty, which provides added peace of mind when it comes to reliability. Your budget should get you a Kia Optima that's two or three years old: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Kia/Optima/?gearbox=Automatic&l=0&p2=15000&s=PriceDesc
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What car do you suggest for a long motorway commute?
"I'm looking at replacing our current car for a nice, fuel-efficient car for our daily commute. Currently, I drive a 140-mile round trip every working day so looking for something that's frugal, yet isn’t too slow and boring. Going from the Real MPG section on here I’m angling towards a BMW 3 Series but just looking for some other opinions. Our journey is majority A roads and motorway so tend to be cruising along around 70-80mph the majority of it so something with some cruise control and general comfort is what we would be looking towards. For a budget, I’ll say anything around £10,000-£15,000 with around 20,000 on the clock just as that’s around the price range of a 3 Series I’ve been looking towards at present."
A BMW 3 Series sounds like a strong choice. I'd also consider a Volkswagen Passat or Skoda Superb. You might class them as boring but they've got excellent interiors and there's a reason they're so popular with high-mileage drivers. Your budget will go further than with a 3 Series, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Skoda Superb (2015) cost?

Buy new from £19,132 (list price from £25,105)