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Skoda Superb estate diesel Test Drive Review

Date: 10 August 2015   |   Author:

Category: Upper medium
Key rival: Ford Mondeo
P11D: £22,735
On sale: September 2015

This car is supposed to bring in the next stage of Skoda development, taking the brand into more heart-led territory on top of the practical, value-led and service-orientated foundation of the firm's success to date.

It wants to retain all that stuff too, but kick on to a place where more emotional decision-makers are joining the rational ones in heading toward the VW-owned Czech brand.

With the last Superb, the estate out-sold the hatchback by taking more than 60% of volume, though the improved styling of the new hatch means that ratio could slide back to 55%,

This load-lugger has grown by 85 litres on what was already a huge 585 litres cargo area, and rear space is also at almost luxury car levels, while the cabin is, for a car at this price bracket, well-designed with excellent quality.

We tried the most efficient model in the current line-up, the 120hp 1.6 diesel which emits 109g/km in manual form or 105g/km with the DSG automatic gearbox. There will be a Greenline version getting down to 95g/km before the end of the year, which would put the Superb back with the class best, as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia estates both get below 100g/km, and others such as the Peugeot 508 and Mazda 6 offer greater efficiency than the Skoda.

But they can't match the Superb's frankly superb 39.4% residual value, which more than negates the emissions deficit in fleet whole life cost terms, and gives the Skoda a whole life costs win.

The new diesel, up from the previous model's 105hp, offers enough power to avoid feeling asthmatic, though the 150hp 2.0-litre is preferable for longer runs or heavier loads. But this engine is far from the poor relation and gives the Superb a refined, relaxed and comfortable demeanour, and doesn't disgrace itself on twistier roads.

It's hard to fault the Superb, save emissions that aren't up with the best rivals. In terms of residuals, equipment in this SE Business spec, practicality, quality and looks, the Superb is a winner.

Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI 120 estate SE Business

Model price range £18,505-34,855
Residual value 39.4%
Depreciation £13,785
Fuel £4893
Service, maintenance and repair £1955
Vehicle Excise Duty £40
National Insurance £1788
Cost per mile 48.2p
Fuel consumption 67.3mpg
CO2 (BIK band) 109g/km (19%)
BIK 20/40% per month £72/£144
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 660/1950 litres
Engine size/power 1598cc/120hp


If CO2 figures were up with the class best, this would be a near-faultless car and a sure 10/10
  • Huge
  • Practical
  • Comfortable
  • Well-equipped and excellent residual values
  • Efficiency doesn't yet match the best in class - but a 95g/km version is coming by year end