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 £19,594
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

317

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What's the most comfortable, economical commuter car for a tall driver?
"I'm looking for a comfortable, reliable, economical commuter car to cover 25,000 miles per year. I currently own a 2009 Citroen C5 2.0-litre auto diesel. This gives me 35-40mpg so not great! But I'm 6'4'' and find it very comfortable. Recent cambelt change but now suffering ongoing electrical issues. I need something reliable so looking to change. I'm keen on an auto with a budget of £10-12k. I have looked at your answers to similar questions and a Honda Civic could be a good bet, but there don't seem to be many autos about. Hyundai i30 perhaps a bit small. I was also looking at the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai for the taller seating position. Many thanks."
How about a Vauxhall Insignia? It's not a fashionable choice but it's very comfortable and the ideal tool for covering 25k miles a year. Your budget will get you the latest model, launched in 2017, with the frugal 1.6 CDTi diesel engine (or slightly punchier 2.0-litre unit, if you're willing to sacrifice a bit of fuel economy). We'd recommend a Skoda Superb, too – it's got a modern interior, will be cheap to run and it's very spacious.
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Could you recommend something safe, reliable and economical for a long commute?
"My son has changed his job and has a new appointment some 60 miles from his home. This could involve him in mainly motorway travel for some months until he gets himself sorted out. He currently has a very nice 1989 Mercedes 190 2.6. This would clearly not be suitable for a 120-mile daily commute, even only for a few months. He has been looking at secondhand MINIs, priced up to £9500. He needs something safe, reliable and economical. Any suggestions?"
I'd be looking for something a bit comfier than a MINI. A soft, diesel car (maybe with an automatic gearbox) would be a good option for that kind of mileage. How about a Vauxhall Insignia? It's not a stylish choice, but it's very comfortable, cheap to run and represents excellent value for money (they're popular with fleet drivers for a reason!). A Volkswagen Golf would be a slightly more fashionable option, or a more spacious Skoda Octavia/Superb.
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What used diesel model should I buy for a 100-mile commute?
"I am moving to a new location, which means my commute will now be 50 miles each way, so I'm looking for a used car to cover this high mileage (mostly motorway). Although they are out of favour now, diesel still makes the most sense to me. What economical and, more importantly, reliable car would you recommend for this? I was hoping to spend no more than £10,000."
We'd agree that a diesel still makes sense for your mileage. A Skoda Octavia or the bigger Superb should be a dependable choice – they'll be very comfortable and cheap to run, too. Also look at the Toyota Avensis (a very dull car but one that'll last forever) or a Honda Civic. You could also look at SUVs like the Honda CR-V if you want a bit more comfort, although they'll have slightly higher running costs.
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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.
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What does a Skoda Superb (2015) cost?

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