Skoda Superb Estate review
The Skoda Superb Estate is our class-leader, thanks to its huge boot, luxurious interior and great engines
The Skoda Superb is the firm's range-topping model and it certainly doesn't disappoint. Included in the keen value price-tag is a quality cabin with plenty of space for passengers and cargo as well as a comfortable and refined drive with an advanced engine line-up. There are four different trims to choose from and a wide variety of powertrains and transmissions but the biggest headline for this estate version is the amount of space on board. When the rear seats are folded it offers a class-leading 1,865 litres of space in the loading bay and even with the seats in place it still boasts and incredible 633-litre loading bay.
Our choice: Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 140 Elegance
The Superb is one of the few cars on the road which arguably looks better as an estate than it does as a saloon. The extended roof-line curves gently into a sleek and elegant rear end. Sliver roof-rails come as standard on all models as does a powered tailgate. Entry-level 'S' models get a set of stylish alloy wheels and fog-lights included. The rear seats in the Superb boast limousine amounts of legroom thanks to an extended wheelbase. Interior quality is class-leading for this price bracket too. All switches and buttons feel well put together and soft-touch materials help create a luxurious feel. Basic 'S' models come equipped with air-con, hill-start assist, cruise control, Bluetooth and a multifunction steering wheel. 'Elegance' trim gives you all the kit you'll ever need including sat-nav and full leather upholstery with heated front seats.
The Superb Estate range kicks off with a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with 123bhp. The unit is supercharged and turbocharged meaning it still delivers an impressive 0-62mph time of 10.6 seconds. If you're covering lots of miles the refined diesels are a good choice, particularly the 2.0 TDI 140 which delivers a great blend of performance and economy. However its not quite as quiet or smooth as the latest 148bhp engine in the VW Golf and smaller Octavia Estate. Even the entry-level 1.6-litre diesel Greenline has enough torque to provide solid performance while the 4x4 3.6-litre petrol is thirsty but very fast, completing the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.5 seconds. The Superb Estate is no sports car but through corners it impresses with very little body roll and plenty of grip. The Superb's most impressive asset is the comfortable ride which soaks up poor road surfaces and makes it a very relaxing cruiser on longer distance drives. Pick the DSG automatic gearbox and the Superb Estate is hard to beat when it comes to driver or passenger comfort.
The Superb has a great reputation for reliability and there's nothing to suggest the Estate will be any different. Eveything certainly feels bulletproof and many of the mechanical components are used throughout the Volkswagen Group range without any problems. However one thing noted by owners is that the Superb does suffer from accelerated brake and tyre wear on models with larger alloy wheels so it is something to keep an eye on with the facelifted model. There’s no doubting the Skoda’s strength though, as a five-star EuroNCAP rating proves. All versions get ESP, seven airbags and ISOFIX seats. You can also splash extra cash on adaptive headlamps and tyre pressure monitoring, or even curtain airbags to bring the total number to nine.
This really is the Superb Estate's trump card. Boot space is an enormous 633-litres, which beats everything else in this class and most of the class above, including the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia and only the Mercedes E-Class estate comes close to offering the same loading capacity. Best of all the rear seats fold down easily to free up 1,865-litres of load space. Also included is a rechargeable LED torch that sits in the boot, a powered tailgate and short umbrella that is stashed in the passenger door. There are a plentiful of cubbies dotted about the cabin and rear seat passengers get a massive amount of legroom although headroom will be a little tight for anyone over six feet tall.
The Superb is a big car but even so the latest batch of engines all return excellent fuel economy figures. All but the most powerful diesel model return an official figure of over 60mpg but the most frugal unit is the 1.6 TDI which claims a combined 61.4mpg. In Greenline trim this number improves to 65.7mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 113g/km which means a low annual road tax build. To keep running costs low avoid the 4x4 models, DSG automatic gearboxes and the crazy 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine. Other running costs should be relatively low though with cheap insurance and the option to extend the manufacturer warranty to five years for a small fee. Superbs also hold their value well and high-spec diesel versions fair particularly well on the used market.