Review: Skoda Superb Estate (2015)

Rating:

Near perfect as a practical family estate car. Great value for money. Comfortable and quiet on the move. Huge amounts of rear legroom.

DSG automatic can sometimes lack quick response and be hesitant.

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Skoda Superb Estate (2015): At A Glance

As far as family estate cars go, the Superb Estate ticks all the right boxes. This is one car that's close to faultless. Not only does it boast a mammoth-sized boot but it has the quality feel of a premium car, yet costs the same as a family hatchback. When it comes to offering value for money, nothing does it as well as the Superb Estate.

The practical boot offers more carrying capacity then a Ford Mondeo Estate and with its vertical sides, it's easy to maximise the space. Drop the seats and it's positively cavernous.

But that doesn't come at the expense of passenger space, with the Superb Estate boasting the kind of rear legroom you'd find in the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Even those over six-foot will find huge amounts of space in the back.

Then there's the superb ride quality, the suspension dealing effortlessly with potholes and poor quality roads, even when fitted with larger 18-inch alloy wheels. Add in minimal road noise in the cabin and the Superb is the ideal long distance car. True, the Superb is not the most involving car through corners but it still handles well with lots of grip and nicely weighted steering. 

Most Superb Estate owners opt for a diesel with the Skoda available with an economical 1.6 TDI or 2.0 TDI engine. The latter is our pick of the range, especially the 150PS version which blends good fuel economy with strong in-gear performance.

If you're a low mileage driver, the good news is that the Superb Estate is available with the excellent 1.4 TSI petrol (later improved to a 1.5 TSI). Don't be put off by its small size as both are more than capable delivery plenty of get-up-and-go when required.

There's a genuine quality feel that flows throughout the Superb Estate and a real attention to detail. The perfect example being Skoda's 'simply clever' features which include a handy ice scraper that slots into the fuel filler cap and our favourite, umbrellas that slot into both front doors - a Superb trademark feature. There's even a removable magnetic torch in the boot with a 48 hour battery life.    

Prices have increased since it was first launched and S models are now more than £25,000, although at least equipment levels are generous. There's also the option of 4x4 versions which, when fitted with cold weather tyres, make the Superb Estate ideal for driving in wintry conditions.

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What does a Skoda Superb Estate (2015) cost?

List Price from £22,135
Buy new from £16,476
Contract hire from £203.99 per month
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Skoda Superb Estate (2015): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4856 mm
Width 2031 mm
Height 1477 mm
Wheelbase 2841 mm

Full specifications

This Superb Estate is wider and longer than its predecessor and that has big benefits for interior space. The boot is bigger up to a 660-litre capacity. As a comparison, that's 100 litres more than a BMW 5 Series Touring. The vertical sides, wide tailgate opening and low floor mean it's very easy to load things like pushchairs in and out.

Plus for maximum space you can easily drop the rear seats to create a mammoth flat load area that will cope with pretty much everything the average estate owner needs it to. You need no longer fear those trips to a certain Swedish furniture shop that loves a bit of flatpack.

But there's more to the Superb Estate than merely a big boot. It's filled with what Skoda calls 'simply clever' features such as an ice scraper that slots into the fuel filler cap, plus two umbrellas that cleverly hide in little compartments in each of the front doors. There's even a one handed cupholder, basically a grippy base that holds a bottle secure so you can unscrew the lid. For instant cola-based refreshment.

They may be small features but they're all great for making everyday life with the Superb easier. There are plenty of other extras too, such as the optional electric boot that can be opened by swinging your foot under the rear bumper. Very handy when you have hands full of shopping.

All these practical features are integrated into a spacious cabin with plenty of head room and acres of leg room. Those in the back get very well looked after with limousine-like space to stretch out, even with the front seats all the way back. If you're a family with ever-growing teenagers, you'll appreciate this even more.

A quality feel runs through every element of the Superb Estate, from the reassuringly heavy thud of the doors, to the feel of the buttons to the materials used on the dash top. It's every inch a premium car. And a comfortable one too with excellent seats working with that impeccable ride to deliver great long distance luxury.

The 2019 facelift brought the option of digital dials (what Skoda calls Virtual Cockpit) which sees the conventional instruments replaced with a high res screen. It's a nice feature but whether it's worth paying extra for is doubtful.

Standard Equipment:

S trim comes with 16-inch Orion alloy wheels (215/60 R16), body coloured door mirrors and door handles, halogen headlights with daytime running lights, front fog lights, LED rear lights, three spoke leather multi-function steering wheel, cloth upholstery, electric parking brake, removable lamp in boot, bluetooth, DAB digital radio and a five-inch touchscreen

SE adds 17-inch Helios alloy wheels (215/55 R17), manual lumbar support, dual zone air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, cornering front fog lights, adaptive cruise control plus a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

SE L includes 18-inch Zenith alloy wheels (235/45 R18), xenon headlights with AFS and LED daytime running lights, headlight washers, boot net, electrically operated boot, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory, leather upholstery and heated front seats, sunset glass, navigation with eight-inch touchscreen and a drive mode selection.

Laurin & Klement adds 18-inch Pegasus anthracite alloy wheels (235/45 R18), 10 speaker CANTON sound system, heated windscreen, floor mats, piano black decorative inserts, tri-zone climate control, blind spot detection, colour Maxi-DOT trip computer, keyless entry, lane assist, park assist, TV tuner, virtual pedal, and dynamic chassis control (DCC).

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What's the Skoda Superb Estate (2015) like to drive?

The Superb Estate is a supremely comfortable car and one that's ideal for covering long distances. The spacious cabin is matched by a wonderfully smooth and forgiving ride that's the equal of many luxury limousines.

There's little in the way of road or wind noise on the move and it's excellent at ironing out rough and poor road surfaces. If you want a comfortable family car - this is it.

The trade off is that it's not the sharpest car when it comes to cornering. That said, it's more than capable through high speed bends and feels composed even when thrown into a tight corner. The steering doesn't have much in the way of feel, but is nicely weighted nonetheless.

Many Superb Estate buyers cover big miles and so opting for a diesel is the obvious choice. If you want outright economy then the 1.6 TDI is the one to go for. With 120PS it's hardly a ball of fire but there's no arguing how frugal it is with a Real MPG of more than 61mpg.

That's not to say it doesn't provide more than adequate performance. With 250Nm of torque the 1.6 TDI pulls strongly enough from low down and thanks to low noise levels and little vibration through the cabin, is ideal for motorway driving. And if you want the most frugal Superb Estate, this engine is used in the Greenline model, which sees economy improve to close to 64mpg.

However, our choice would still be the 2.0 TDI engine. The standard version has 150PS or there's a 190PS model. But it's the former which we think is the best blend of performance and economy. It's stronger through the gears than the 1.6 TDI and its extra torque - peaking at 340Nm - means getting past slow moving trucks is that bit easier.

It's easy on fuel too with Real MPG figures showing 53mpg. Plus it's available with a DSG gearbox - in this case a six-speed rather than the seven-speed of the smaller 1.6 TDI. While the DSG is more convenient, especially if you spend a lot of time in traffic, it's not without its drawbacks. On the motorway it's great, but it can be a bit hesitant, for instance when pulling onto a roundabout. 

Skoda also offers 4x4 drive on the Superb with the 2.0 TDI engine. It's an extra £1500 but but really comes into its own in winter. Fit the Superb Estate with cold weather tyres and it will be pretty much unstoppable.  

In late 2019 this engine was upgraded (and is now called Evo) with lower emissions and better economy.

For lower mileage drivers, or those who do lots of short journeys, a petrol Superb Estate makes more sense. And fortunately, Skoda has some excellent TSI engines. There was a 1.4 TSI engine which was later replaced by a 1.5 TSI.

Don't be put off by the small size as the the smaller petrols actually work exceptionally well in the Superb. Plus of course you don't have to worry about a DPF. And they're pretty reasonable on fuel so you should be seeing more than 40mpg.

Alongside this is a 2.0 TDI engine with 220PS - the same engine that's used in the Octavia vRS - and it gives the Superb a rapid turn of pace while the pinnacle of the range is 2.0 TSI with 280PS. This rare beast comes with 4x4 and a DSG gearbox as standard. As you can imagine, economy is hardly a strength. In 2019 this was dropped to 272PS.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.4 TSI 125 50 mpg 10.0 s 126 g/km
1.4 TSI 150 53–56 mpg 8.7 s 119–122 g/km
1.4 TSI 150 DSG 53–54 mpg 8.9 s 119–123 g/km
1.5 TSI 150 50–54 mpg 8.7–10.0 s 121–131 g/km
1.5 TSI 150 DSG 53–54 mpg 8.9 s 122–125 g/km
1.6 TDI 120 63–76 mpg 11.0–11.1 s 96–109 g/km
1.6 TDI 120 DSG 66–71 mpg 11.1 s 105–113 g/km
1.6 TDI 120 Greenline 72–76 mpg 11.1 s 96 g/km
1.t TSI 150 DSG 54 mpg - 120 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 64–69 mpg 8.9–9.3 s 109–114 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 4x4 54 mpg 9.1 s 120–123 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 DSG 60–64 mpg 9.0–9.3 s 112–122 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 DSG 4x4 54 mpg 9.1 s 123 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 64 mpg 8.1 s 110 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 DSG 60–61 mpg 7.8–8.4 s 118–123 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 DSG 4x4 53–55 mpg 7.7–8.1 s 132–137 g/km
2.0 TSI 190 DSG - - 141 g/km
2.0 TSI 220 DSG 44–45 mpg 7.1 s 146–148 g/km
2.0 TSI 272 DSG 4x4 39 mpg 5.8 s 161–164 g/km
2.0 TSI 280 DSG 4x4 39 mpg 5.8 s 164–168 g/km

Real MPG average for a Skoda Superb Estate (2015)

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

81%

Real MPG

26–78 mpg

MPGs submitted

194

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What have we been asked about the Skoda Superb Estate (2015)?

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Have the issues with the Volkswagen 1.5 TSI engine been resolved?

My son is about to buy a new Skoda Superb with the 1.5 TSI engine and DSG transmission. Is the 1.5 TSI engine “kangaroo” issue fixed? And is the DSG fitted to this model a reliable one?
We've heard from a number of customers who have been told by dealers that updates are available but we've not been told anything official by Volkswagen Group. That said, it doesn't affect DSG models as much as manual models. The 1.5 is fitted with the DQ200 DSG gearbox which traditionally has been problematic, but we've not had many reports of issues of it in the Superb: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/superb-2015/good/
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