Used buyer's guide: Skoda Superb

4 Jan, 2013 4:45pm Nick Gibbs

The Skoda Superb makes sense second-hand as hatch or estate


The only major drawback of the Superb is the hatchback’s odd styling. On all other counts, the car is a fine used buy. The space, sophistication and low running costs put the hatch and estate at the top of the family car tree.

How much?

Diesels with over 100,000 miles start from £8,000, with £11,000 securing a good 1.9-litre TDI that’s done less than 70,000 miles. Desirable Elegance-spec cars with the higher-powered 2.0-litre TDI, a DSG box, leather and sat-nav are £13,500 with under 60,000 miles.

Petrol Superbs are rare, but we saw a 2009 1.4 TSI with only 8,000 miles for £10,000. The newer estate is holding its value well – you’ll need £16,000 to get a 2010 base S-spec 1.6 TDI from outside the dealer network.

Running costs

Superbs are cheap to run. Service intervals are dictated by the on-board computer, with up to 20,000 miles/two years achievable. We were quoted £240 for the first check on a 2.0-litre TDI, rising to £330 for the second (including a new pollen filter). Fresh brake fluid is needed every two or three years, depending on the model, and costs £59.

The big diesel service is at 90,000 miles on older PD-engined cars, when the cambelt is changed at a cost of £385 on top of the service price. Newer diesels extend that to 120,000 miles, but a new cambelt will set you back £485. A new diesel particulate filter is a huge £1,663.