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.
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.