Review: Skoda Superb Estate (2010 – 2015)
Huge interior and load space. More legroom in the back than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Clever touches throughout. Well specified as standard and great value for money.
Visibility at the rear can be a bit restricted. Usual hesitation from DSG auto. Columbus navigation prone to failure.
Skoda Superb Estate (2010 – 2015): At A Glance
The Superb Estate is a class act. It's the off-beat alternative to the likes of the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer and Volvo V70. The big story is that it's big on load space. Whether it's seats up or seats down, there's more room on offer than both the Vauxhall and Volvo. And, for that matter a Toyota Avensis, Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6, Renault Laguna ... almost anything else on sale in fact.
It's more than just a roomy holdall, though, as it's packed with features that not only make life easier, but mark the Superb apart from more household names. That means more legroom in the back than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, an optional electric tailgate that can be set to open at different heights, a self-parking system and even a rechargeable torch with a magnetic back so it can be attached to the car's body if needed. And it remains one of only two cars to offer an umbrella concealed within the door - the other is the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Add to that Volkswagen Group engines and attractive list prices and it's easy to see why the Superb Estate makes sense as a practical and value-packed family car. In fact, it's pretty much faultless.
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Skoda Superb Estate (2010 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?
Inside, there's a lot more to the Superb Estate than just a big boot - it's classy, upmarket and shows great attention to detail. The driver benefits from a comfortable and highly adjustable driving position while the steering wheel adjusts for height and reach, while the seats can be adjusted in a number of directions. Everything inside appears high quality, from the seat fabrics, to the switches, buttons and systems - the sat nav (where fitted) and stereo system, for instance, also appear in the Volkswagen Touareg.
Rear passengers are pampered too. There's more legroom than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which means that passengers can really stretch out. To emphasise this, there's a couple of adjustable footrests for the passengers. The Superb's shape lends itself to good headroom, while on the move, it's quiet with wind, road and engine noise very well suppressed.
Opt for the electrically-operated two-piece panoramic glass sunroof that runs the length of the car and the interior is bright as well as roomy. Getting out of the car in the rain? No problem, as with the saloon, there's an umbrella (on SE and Elegance models) concealed in the rear passenger door with a built-in drying system.
But it's the boot that's the star attraction. As well as its sheer size (you'll need to buy a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate to beat its 1865 litre load space), it's also practical in a number of other ways. It's low to the ground and therefore easy to load and boxes and bags can be securely stowed with an effective partition and tether system that uses an extendable bar (see gallery for images of how this works) to divide up the space.
All models get roof rails and an electric tailgate is available in top models. Uniquely, the height at which it opens can be set by the owner - useful if you regularly go shopping and park in the same multi-storey car park. The tailgate also lights up the whole of the rear area when it's open by using downlighters on the tailgate itself and there's a handy rechargeable torch just inside the boot. It'll last for up to 48 hours and is magnetic, so will stick to the car's body - ideal if you need to change a wheel in the dark.
Equipment from launch (2010):
S is the entry-level model and comes with seven airbags, an alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensor, split folding rear seats, remote central locking, Climatic air conditioning, CD stereo, electric front and rear windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, 16-inch Spectrum alloy wheels, ESP stability control and front fog lights.
SE adds front fog lights with cornering function, four-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel, umbrella in rear door, Alcantara upholstery, rear parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, 17inch Trifid alloy wheels, electrically folding door mirrors and an integrated six CD touchscreen stereo.
Elegance has xenon headlights with integrated headlight washers, AFS (Adaptive Front-light System), tyre pressure monitor, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, Bluetooth, heated front seats, full leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats, colour touchscreen satellite navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels and a four-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel.
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What's the Skoda Superb Estate (2010 – 2015) like to drive?
The range kicks-off with a pathetic-sounding 1.4 TSI, which on the face of it is an incredibly small engine for such a large car. But this is no ordinary 1.4-litre engine: it uses turbocharger technology to deliver 125bhp - the sort of power that you'd normally associate with a 1.8-litre engine. Performance figures are respectable, too, with 0-62mph achieved in 10.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 124mph. But the real benefit of this small turbo engine is lower emissions and better fuel consumption. It emits 159g/km CO2 and is capable of 40.9mpg on the combined cycle.
Most petrol buyers go for the 160bhp 1.8 TSI. It uses similar turbo technology as the 1.4 TSI to strike a balance between brisk performance and low emissions. It knocks the 0-62mph time down to 8.7 seconds and raises the top speed to 124mph, while emitting 171g/km CO2. It's a fine, flexible engine that's as happy around town as it is on the open road. Thanks to the turbo, there's plenty of 'ooomph' for effortless overtaking.
Theoretically there's a 3.6-litre V6 at the top of the range, but just a handful are sold in the UK each year, making it a novelty on the used market. The majority of buyers plump for one of the diesels. There's an entry-level 1.9 TDI with 105bhp, but it's quite an old engine and relatively unrefined compared to the alternative 2.0-litre TDI CR (common rail) with a Diesel Particulate Filter, which is available with 140bhp or 170bhp. In manual 140bhp form, this engine will return 51.4mpg (which is more than the 48.7 on offer from the 1.9-litre TDI) and get from 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds.
The best of the bunch is the 170bhp version, which is well suited to the Superb's not insubstantial size. It offers exactly what you'd expect from a common rail diesel - it's refined, hushed and laid-back on motorways. This is also the engine that's best-suited for towing, too, with a braked towing weight of up to 2,000kg on offer.
The excellent DSG automatic gearbox is available as an option on the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI CR (both 140bhp and 170bhp versions) and standard on the 3.6 V6. It works by using two clutches and pre-selecting your next gear for ultra-quick changes. Four-wheel drive is optional on the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI 170, while the V6 petrol gets it as standard.
Although best suited to the motorway, where it's an outstanding cruiser, the Superb Estate isn't out of its depth on the open road. The steering is good, bodyroll is kept in check and grip is good on most road surfaces. In town, you'd expect Superb's size to be an issue (it is more than five metres long after all), but this isn't the case, even when you're parking.
It's true that rear visibility could be better, but effective parking sensors partly make up for it and do a good job of guiding the Superb Estate into spaces. Alternatively, there's the option of Park Assist, which will park the car for you. It uses sensors to locate a suitable parking space and will then do all the tricky bits itself. All the driver has to do is control the speed with the accelerator, as all the steering inputs are made by the car.
|1.4 TSI||41–46 mpg||10.6 s||142–159 g/km|
|1.6 TDI||54–61 mpg||12.2–12.6 s||119–133 g/km|
|1.6 TDI Greenline||64–66 mpg||12.3–12.6 s||113–114 g/km|
|1.8 TSI||39–41 mpg||8.3–8.7 s||160–171 g/km|
|1.8 TSI 4x4||35 mpg||8.8 s||191 g/km|
|1.8 TSI DSG||39–40 mpg||8.5–8.6 s||164–170 g/km|
|1.9 TDI PD||49 mpg||12.6 s||153 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140||51–61 mpg||10.1–10.2 s||119–145 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140 4x4||45 mpg||9.1 s||165 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140 4x4 DSG||45–53 mpg||10.4–10.8 s||139–166 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140 4x4 Outdoor||53 mpg||10.4 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140 DSG||46–54 mpg||8.9–10.3 s||137–159 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170||46–60 mpg||8.7–8.9 s||122–159 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170 4x4||45–50 mpg||8.8–9.1 s||149–165 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170 DSG||46–52 mpg||8.7–8.9 s||141–159 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170 DSG 4x4 Outdoor||50 mpg||8.8 s||149 g/km|
|2.0 TDI PD||46 mpg||10.3 s||160 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI DSG||35 mpg||7.9 s||180 g/km|
|3.6 V6 4x4||28–30 mpg||6.5–6.6 s||217–237 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Skoda Superb Estate (2010 – 2015)
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