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Our Fleet Test Drive: Skoda Superb - first report

Date: 17 December 2015   |   Author: Tristan Young

Equipment: 7 airbags, power fold & heated door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio, trip computer, Apple Carplay, adaptive cruise control, satnav, aux & USB sockets, powered memory driver's seat, front & rear parking sensors, drive select, umbrella
Options: Virtual pedal boot release (£550), 18in alloy wheels (£450), keyless entry & start (£400), heated front seats (£250), Corrida red paint (£175), variable boot floor (£150), space-saver spare wheel (£100), SmartGate app system (£100), floor mat set (£80), sliding load cover (£50)

It could be my age, or maybe my general stage in life, but I have been really looking forward to the arrival of BusinessCar's newest fleet car, the Skoda Superb estate.

The reasons for this are many and over the next few months we'll see if they hold true, but to outline the Superb's strengths quickly: it's a high-quality estate car with a huge boot (660 litres under the cover); it has more rear legroom than my kids are ever going to need; it offers first-rate refinement levels; and there are near unmatched levels of comfort - all in a stylish package.

We've opted to run the business favourite: the 150hp 2.0-litre TDI in SE Business trim. This means there is a stack of standard equipment such as satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay [1] (or the Google equivalent if you're into that sort of thing), climate control [2], trip computer and a host of other clever items such as umbrellas in the doors. All this comes in at a P11D value of just £23,235.

We've also gone for a few options including keyless entry and start (£400) [3], red paint (£175), powered boot with foot-wave opening (£550), heated front seats (£250), a clever boot floor storage system and sliding load cover (together costing £200), and lastly, Skoda's connected app system called SmartGate (£100).
This last item needs some explaining.

SmartGate gives the car a wi-fi signal that allows you to connect your phone. This doesn't give you internet in your car, but it does mean the car can send data about items such as speed, revs, gearchanges, braking and a host of other systems to a range of Skoda apps on your phone.

These include apps to measure performance, eco driving, servicing necessities and even an app to adjust the sound system.

The engine, too, should prove to be perfect for business. At 150hp it should be plenty powerful enough to haul the car on even a fully loaded holiday trip. It should also give good fuel figures on a day-to-day basis.

The official stats say 68.9mpg for the combined figure. While I have yet to run a car that regularly achieves the official figure, it still bodes well. Even if I only get 55mpg the 66-litre fuel tank means a useful 800 miles between fills.

There is, of course, another reason for my general excitement about the Skoda Superb, and that's because it has all the hallmarks of being a very good car. We'll find out how good over the next six months.

Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business estate

Mileage 121
Official consumption 68.9mpg
Our average consumption 39.3mpg
Forecast/actual CPM 47.9p/51.5p
P11D price £23,235
Model price range £19,840-£35,040
Residual value 38.2%
Depreciation cost £14,360
Fuel £4334
Service, maintenance and repair £2117
Vehicle Excise Duty £40
National Insurance £1828
CO2 (BIK band) 109g/km (19%)
BIK 20/40% per month £73/£147
Why we're running it: Because it's the answer to 'what's the best large estate car?'


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