Skoda Superb review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Low purchase prices, cheap running costs and class-beating depreciation make the Superb a winning formula

Despite it being a large, luxurious car, the Superb shouldn’t cost much more than a Skoda Octavia to run. The iV plug-in hybrid model brings new levels of efficiency, with Skoda claiming up to 256mpg - provided you ensure the battery is regularly topped up and make best use of the 20 miles of all-electric drive. Company car drivers, in particular, will be attracted by the CO2 emissions of 25-40g/km.

Although increasingly unfashionable, the diesel models are the next best option for those covering big distances. The 2.0-litre diesel in 148bhp form produces CO2 levels from 125g/km, while a claimed maximum economy figure of 58.9mpg remains pretty impressive.

Petrol buyers know to expect reduced economy and increased CO2 emissions but the Superb still manages to stay competitive. The 1.5 TSI, added to the range in 2019, is an efficient unit that can return up to 47.1mpg on average in SE hatch models; CO2 emissions for this model sit at 137g/km.

If you decide to go for the range-topping 276bhp four-wheel-drive model in high-spec Laurin and Klement trim, you'll see CO2 emissions of 185g/km and average economy of 34.5mpg on the combined cycle. Choosing an estate bodystyle will affect these figures slightly, with CO2 climbing to 188g/km and a 0.5 reduction in mpg.

Insurance groups

The 120bhp diesel version sits in group 15 and will be the cheapest model to insure, while moving up to the 148bhp oil-burner means an increase to group 21. The 197bhp diesel in SE L trim occupies group 27.

The entry-level 148bhp petrol car with a manual gearbox is in group 17, while a choice of the mid-range SE L trim paired with the same engine and a DSG auto transmission sees only a small rise to group 19.

Choosing the top-of-the-range 276bhp 2.0-litre TSI Laurin & Klement version with four-wheel-drive and the DSG auto transmission will result in an insurance rating of group 32 and heftier premiums to pay.

Depreciation

Residual values are strong across the Superb range with an average of 47% of the vehicle's original list price retained after three-years and 36,000-miles of ownership. The 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol car in Laurin and Klement specification is the worst-performing model in the range, keeping around 43% of its value after three years.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.6 TDI CR S 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £24,280

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.4 TSI iV SE Technology DSG 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £34,670

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TSI 280 Sport Line Plus 4x4 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £39,615

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