Skoda Superb (2008 – 2015) Review

Skoda Superb (2008 – 2015) At A Glance


+Limousine-like amounts of rear legroom. Clever dual tailgate means it's both a hatch and a saloon. GreenLine model is very economical. A lot of car for the money.

-Earlier 1.9 TDI engine is noisy and lacks refinement. No rear wiper. Usual hesitation from DSG. Columbus navigation prone to failure after about four years.

Insurance Groups are between 13–34
On average it achieves 94% of the official MPG figure

If you still have any preconceived ideas about the Skoda brand be prepared to change them. Because the Superb finally dispels all those old myths and shows that it's possible to find a car that's well built, incredibly spacious and good to drive, but still great value for money.

The Superb has as much rear space as four-door saloons that cost three times as much while the quality feel of the interior adds to the premium car feel. Yet with prices starting at less than £20,000, it almost seems too good to be true. But there's no catch. This is simply one of the most compelling cars on the market today and a model that does everything right and very little wrong.

There's a good choice of engines including the usual 2.0 TDI options while the GreenLine variant is powered by a 1.6 TDI which works surprisingly well considering its small size and returns a claimed 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions of just 119g/km. There are also 4x4 versions plus the option of DSG automatics. On the road the Superb handles very well with nicely weighted steering and good poise in corners.

The Superb also comes with the clever Twindoor feature - standard on all models. It means the tailgate of the Superb can open as a standard boot or, with the push if a different button, it opens as a hatchback giving it great practicality if needed. This also gives great access to the huge boot while other highlights inside include the now famous umbrella holder in the left-hand rear door on SE and Elegance models.

Skoda Superb 2013 Facelift Road Test

Real MPG average for a Skoda Superb (2008 – 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


Real MPG

27–67 mpg

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Best used estate car: 300C, V70 or Legacy?
"Can you give me an opinion on the Chrysler 300C Touring and the Volvo V70 2.0 D SE (driveability and reliability)? I recently test drove the former (2010), which impressed me hugely (3.0 CRD) and am about to look at the latter, but am slightly put off by the inferior power notwithstanding the blandness of modern Volvos. Grunt is a consideration. Also thinking about the Subaru Legacy, though the decent-sized engines are thirsty. Any other alternatives are gratefully received."
I haven't driven a 300C but if I remember correctly it is based on an old E-Class so I'm sure it's refined and comfortable. The Volvo is very comfortable and decent on fuel, but isn't going to set the world on fire in terms of performance. I would discount the Legacy, fuel economy is appalling, the frameless windows are quite noisy and the CVT gearbox makes a horrible drone when you're accelerating. Have you considered the Skoda Superb? These are huge inside and feel very well bit – a sizeable step up from the rest of the range. They're very easy to use and nice to drive for such big mile munchers. Things to look out for each: 300C V70 Legacy Superb
Answered by Russell Campbell
How often does a timing belt need replacing?
"My six-year-old Skoda Superb has done 34,000 miles. I have been told that I need to replace the timing belt and I presume the water pump, is this right?"
We say timing belts, tensioners, water pumps and aux belts should be replaced every five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first unless the manufacturer recommends earlier replacement.
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Which cheap car will be best for my 80-mile commute?
"I need a car for my daily commute of 80 miles. The journey is packed with traffic and usually involves a lengthy motorway crawl. I'm thinking I need an auto that's comfortable, economical and reliable for around £7000. Was thinking an early BMW 120d, but worry about an old diesel's reliability. What do you think?"
I think you're right to be cautious of diesels, but they might still be a good choice for an 80-mile motorway commute. It depends how regularly you drive for a prolonged period (more than 30 minutes) at speeds of more than 40mph. If you do this on your commute, a car's diesel particulate filter (DPF) should successfully be able to burn soot off the filter. I'd avoid an early BMW 1 Series, though - they don't ride particularly well and timing chain failures are common. A Skoda Superb would be a good, comfortable choice and there's a wide range of petrol and diesel engines available.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best car for a 600 mile weekly commute?
"I face a 600 mile per week commute and need a reliable, comfortable and cheap to run car (in that order). I'm 6'6" tall and have a family plus a dog. I don't mind the badge but the budget is up to £6000 although I'd be very happy to spend a lot less!"
For that kind of mileage, I'd be taking inspiration from taxi drivers. A diesel Toyota Avensis would be very robust and your budget will get you one with lots of life left in it. It's not an exciting or interesting car, but it will do the job and ought to be comfortable. You can get an estate version for carrying the dog, too. If you bought a 2011 model with around 70,000 miles on the clock, I'd look to keep it for three or four years before seeking a replacement. As an alternative, the Skoda Superb is a bit more comfortable and spacious than the Avensis. We've not had many reports of issues with the diesel engines, although the DSG automatic gearboxes can be troublesome.
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