Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault Scenic
MPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
Making it through to a final of this magnitude is a huge achievement in itself – but having come this far, neither of our contenders will want to go home empty-handed.
After negotiating the group stages, and then two knock-out rounds, our final is contested by a model from one of the most established sectors of the new car market and another from one of the youngest…
As a compact MPV, the Renault Scenic is designed to be family friendly. But the Skoda Superb has a much wider brief. It’s expected to play the role of family model and executive saloon – which only adds to its appeal.
Yes, the Scenic’s flexible seats and versatile interior will attract plenty of customers, but the Superb has even more space for occupants and luggage without resorting to sliding seats and underfloor cubbies. As a result, the Renault only gets the nod if you’re on a budget or limited with parking space.
Much has been made of Skoda’s performance in Auto Express’s annual Driver Power satisfaction surveys. It was voted the best brand in our 2009 poll, on account of its brilliant dealer network and its ability to keep owners happy. In contrast, Renault finished in last place overall – and that represents a massive own goal here.
In fact, the closer you look, the further the Skoda pulls ahead. The Superb’s engine line-up is second to none, and there’s the added benefit of VW’s optional DSG twin-clutch gearbox. Capable, low-emission diesels under the Scenic’s bonnet keep the score looking respectable, but the Skoda’s versatility is hard to ignore. It can turn its hand to virtually anything – from entertaining the driver and cosseting passengers to impressing onlookers and carrying huge loads.
The Renault feels one-dimensional in comparison. While it’s an incredibly capable family carrier, it’s compromised when performing other tasks. Plus, the Scenic falls down on resale values and cabin quality, on top of dealer service.
Skoda is no longer an emerging World Cup nation. The Superb’s victory cements its place in the family car elite.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe name best family car on sale in 2010’s biggest road test.
- 2Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault Scenic - currently readingMPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
- 3Semi final 2VW Group duo have put in polished performances so far in our showdown. Now, they come together for a chance to take overall glory
- 4Semi final 1We’re only one round away from the final, and the nerves are jangling as French people carriers come face-to-face. So, which one gets the nod?
- 5Quarter final 4Skoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
- 6Quarter final 3Kia Cee'd vs Volkswagen Golf
- 7Quarter final 2Renault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
- 8Quarter final 1Citroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
- 9Group 8: Family hatchbacksPracticality, affordability, styling and driving fun... Buyers demand a lot from modern family cars. So which large five-door scores across the board?
- 10Group 7: Compact MPVsEuropean models dominate this sector of the market. Now, we reveal which flexible five-seater takes the glory on the global stage
- 11Group 6: Compact SUVsPractical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
- 12Group 5: Compact family estatesGet a load of five of the most practical carriers on the market. One of these luggage-swallowing big hitters could go all the way!
- 13Group 4: Compact familyTo get through to the quarter finals from this keenly contested sector, our class winner needs to be an all-round star.
- 14Group 3: Budget family carsWhich models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
- 15Group 2: Supermini-MPVsThese cars combine the driving dynamics of a supermini with the versatility of a people carrier – and competition to reach the quarter finals is fierce.