Skoda Superb (2015-present)

Big, comfortable and good value: you don't need a Mercedes if you have a Skoda Superb

Strengths & Weaknesses


Large interior and boot space
Economical petrol models
Comfortable ride


Uncomfortable during fast cornering
Bland interior design
Few used bargains

With a name like Superb, Skoda’s large family car could hardly be humdrum, and it’s not.

Instead, it’s a car that’s big: it’s big in the back, big in the boot, big on value and big on fuel economy - particularly the petrol cars.

Inside, there’s more space than you’ll find in a Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series, for the price of a Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia or Volkswagen Passat.

Skoda is charging less than £20,000 for an entry-level Superb - before any discounts - and you can pick up a 2015 model from the current generation for less than £15,000. Finance and ownership costs are cheap, thanks to demand for used cars that keeps their values high,

The straightforward but well-made interior can't compete with the style of a BMW 5 Series but you can load up on equipment: an extra £5,000 will buy you an SE L Executive with leather seats, large glass-fronted, buttonless dashboard touchscreen with sat-nav and a motorised bootlid.

It’s comfortable too, rolling smoothly over bumps in the road in a way that wouldn’t disgrace a limousine, It glides along at motorway speeds with little audible noise from the wind, engine or tyres, making it a genuine alternative to premium German cars that sell for almost twice the price.

It’s only if you try and dart down a winding road that the Superb’s limitations become clear: the long (4.9 metre) car feels heavy and can’t match the sharp and sporty steering of a BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF or Ford Mondeo. You’re much better off taking it easy, with a relaxed driving style.

Some of the equipment makes this easier. Adaptive cruise control, which can keep the car a safe distance from the one in front, is available on all but entry-level cars, and you can also choose a self-parking system, plus lane assist, which will steer you car back on track if it starts drifting out of its lane.

An automatic emergency brake that can prevent crashes is fitted as standard which helped the Superb to a five-star safety rating from the independent Euro NCAP organisation. Also standard is Care Connect - a system that can automatically call for help if the car is involved in a crash and the driver doesn’t respond.

The Skoda looks like a saloon car, because of the boot that pokes out at the back, but it’s actually a hatchback, with a bootlid that opens up the back of the car. It’s a practical design that makes it simple to load bulky luggage into the enormous 625-litre boot.

If you need more space, the rear seats fold down to create a 1,760 litre space - 323 litres more than in a Ford Mondeo hatchback. Opt for the Superb Estate and that volume increases to 1,950 litres, making it the largest Estate car available, with 130 litres more than the Mercedes E-Class Estate.

There’s more practicality in the quirky features that Skoda designs into its modern cars, including umbrellas that slide neatly into compartments within the front doors (standard on all but the cheapest models), an ice-scraper that’s always easy to access in the fuel-filler cap, as well as a holder for parking tickets.

You can add a parcel shelf that retracts behind the rear seats and an adjustable boot floor that allows you to divide up the space. Big storage bins come as standard, so the car adapts well to family life.

There’s a genuine choice of engines, with diesel and petrol options that return more than 40mpg in real-world driving, as well as the option of a smooth and efficient automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive that offers more grip when accelerating - particularly in slippery conditions.

The Superb is one of the best large family cars that you can buy, but its main competition comes from in-house. For not a lot more money (pre-discount new prices start at just over £22,000), you could opt for a seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq. This is a crossover: a Superb that’s been made taller, adding a little extra space and a higher driving position to all of the hatchback’s strengths, as well as an extra two seats in the back.

Higher-specification cars cost more than £30,000, bringing them in line with other seven-seat crossovers, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Nissan X-Trail.

But, for many drivers who don’t need seven seats or the extra height, the Superb will be the ideal car for any situation.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:15

Key facts 

3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
625 litres
£140 to £500 in first year, £140 thereafter

Best Skoda Superb for... 

Skoda Superb SE 1.6 TDI GreenLine
It’s the greenest car on paper - so it’s the cheapest Superb when it comes to company car tax. You can expect fuel economy of around 48mpg. SE trim has plenty of equipment for a good price.
Skoda Superb SE-L 1.4 150PS DSG
The car’s excellent petrol engine is powerful, efficient and smooth in combination with the automatic gearbox. SE-L trim includes sat-nav, parking sensors and wipe-clean leather seats.
Skoda Superb SportLine 2.0 TSI 280 4x4 DSG
A 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.6 seconds is fast for a family car, and SportLine trim means that that car looks the part, with big alloy wheels and a black grille.
Skoda Superb S 1.6 TDI 120PS
In its basic specification, the Superb lacks the parking sensors that make manoeuvring the car much easier, as well as climate control and pleasingly practical door-mounted umbrellas. The basic diesel engine is a little weedy too.

Skoda Superb History 

  • February 2015 The current Skoda Superb is revealed.
  • March 2015 SE Business trim launched for company car users, based on SE trim, but with added sat-nav, suede-like Alcantara upholstery, plus front and rear parking sensors. It's subsequently renamed SE Technology.
  • June 2015 The Skoda Superb Estate goes on sale.
  • August 2015 The efficient Skoda Superb Greenline is launched with CO2 emissions of 101g/km.
  • July 2016 The Superb SportLine with performance bodykit and extra equipment is launched.
  • May 2017 Technology upgrade increases the size of dashboard screens, bringing a glass finish to the top-of-the-range 9.1in touchscreen.

Understanding Skoda Superb car names 

  • Superb
  • Trim level
    SE L Executive
  • Engine
    2.0 TDI 190PS
  • Emissions
  • Driven wheels
  • Gearbox
  • Trim level
    The trim levels indicate the level of standard equipment. S is the basic specification, followed by SE, SE L Executive, SportLine and then Laurin & Klement at the top of the range.
  • Engine
    Diesel engines are badged TDI, while petrol models are branded TSI. The size is given in litres (here it’s 2.0), but you can often get different versions of the same-sized engine, so the horsepower is usually shown too, which can be written as PS (in this example it’s 190).
  • Emissions
    Many diesel Superbs use SCR - a type of exhaust treatment that reduces harmful emissions. One of the Superb’s petrol engines features ACT - Active Cylinder Technology, which switches off half of the engine when it's not needed to save fuel.
  • Driven wheels
    Some Skoda Superbs are available with four-wheel drive. These cars are badged 4x4.
  • Gearbox
    Skoda’s automatic gearbox can be identified by the letters DSG.

Skoda Superb Engines 

The Superb is smooth, relaxed and quiet, and so is the majority of the engine range.

If you’re on a tight budget, then the cheapest choice is the 1.4-litre petrol engine that’s only available with the Superb S. New prices start at less than £20,000 - before any Skoda Superb discounts - and performance is reasonable - as long as you’re content with steady and sedate acceleration. It's efficient for a petrol engine: the Equa Index of fuel economy figures, which is based on real-world testing, estimates that you can expect around 41mpg in normal driving - around 8mpg short of the car’s official figure.

A better option - if you can afford it - is the 150 horsepower (hp) version of the 1.4-litre petrol engine. It’s available on SE cars and above where the price of the extra power and equipment is £2,5000 more if you're buying new. It’s more efficient on paper, thanks to a system that shuts down half of the engine to save fuel when you’re not accelerating. This brings lower carbon dioxide emissions of 119g/km, that reduce company car tax. In real-world driving, though, this Superb is no more efficient than the entry level model. The extra power does makes driving smoother and quieter - you barely notice the engine shutting down and restarting - so it’s a better match for the Superb.

There’s no need to opt for the two more powerful petrol engines unless you want to be jolted back into your seat when you hit the accelerator. The 2-litre 220hp engine is quick, with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 6.8sec. The 280hp version is even more so, taking just 5.6 seconds to go from 0-62mph. It’s helped by four-wheel drive, which is standard on this model.

The most popular Skoda Superb models are powered by diesel, which is partly because their lower emissions help to cut company car tax bills. The least-powerful 1.6-litre engine has 120hp, which is enough for smooth and quiet progress, as well as 48mpg in real-world driving, according to the Equa Index. That’s substantially down in its official fuel economy figure of almost 70mpg.

The lowest carbon dioxide emissions come with the eco-special Greenline model, which uses the same engine but comes with some tweaks to boost efficiency, such as different tyres and exterior additions to make the car cut through the air more smoothly. These help to cut CO2 emissions to 101g/km and increase fuel efficiency to over 70mpg. Few drivers will see the benefit, though: real-world fuel economy is virtually identical to the non-Greenline car.

For performance that feels less sluggish, with real-world fuel economy of around 45mpg, the 2-litre 150hp engine is the best diesel option. It’s available with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, and makes accelerating seem effortless.

There’s more shove with the most powerful, 190hp diesel engine, which is only available on SE L cars and above, and at a fairly high premium (prices for 190hp SE L cars start at £30,000 before discounts), but fuel economy is barely different to the other diesel models.

Fuel economy below is for the hatchback. Where figures for automatic models differ, these are shown in brackets:


Official fuel economy


Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.4 TSI 125PS






1.4 TSI 150PS ACT






2.0 TSI 220PS






2.0 TSI 280PS






1.6 TDI 120PS






1.6 TDI 120PS GreenLine






2.0 TDI 150PS


65.7mpg (60.1)


8.5sec (8.6)


2.0 TDI 190PS


64.2mpg (60.1)


7.7sec (7.4)


Skoda Superb Trims 

The specification you choose for the Superb makes a big difference to the car’s character: a leather interior, heated front and rear seats and three-zone climate control make the high-end model a car that you could be chauffeured in.

Entry-level S cars, on the other hand, are unquestionably the budget option. You’d be hard-pressed to tell from the outside (16in alloy wheels are included), but inside the dashboard is covered in blank switches, which operate equipment that comes as standard on more expensive cars. The basics are all there, though. Included as standard are air conditioning; a touchscreen with digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly; a leather steering wheel with buttons for phone and audio; split-folding rear seats; electric front and rear windows; and an automatic emergency brake that can prevent accidents.

Estate cars add roof rails, while Greenline models include larger 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, tinted rear windows and a rain sensor that can switch on the windscreen wipers automatically. There's a limited engine choice with S cars - the least-powerful petrol and diesel motors only.

Move up to the SE trim level, which is £1,200 more, and you’ll also be able to choose from the 150 horsepower mid-range engines. Extra equipment includes 17in alloy wheels, a larger 8in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for simpler control of phone apps; adaptive cruise control that can keep you a set distance from the car in front’ dual-zone climate control; rear parking sensors. You’ll also get the Superb’s quirky door-mounted umbrellas.

The extra equipment and engine choice, for a relatively small price premium, makes the SE a good choice when you’re buying new. But the car of choice for used buyers is the SE L Executive version. Skoda charges almost £3,000 more for this version when new. As time goes on, that difference will reduce for second-hand models.

It’s at this point that the Superb starts to feel quite luxurious. The dashboard touchscreen expands to a sizeable 9.2in, and gains a sat-nav. The seats are covered in leather and are heated in the front, while the bootlid becomes motorised. Brighter xenon headlights and larger 18in alloy wheels alter the exterior look.

Above this level, SportLine, adds performance options to SE specification. These include 19in alloy wheels, a black grille, tinted windows and a few bodywork additions that make the car look lower - adding up to a noticeably sportier design. Inside are suede-like Alcantara seats, carbon-look panels and a steering wheel with silver stitching. It also gains the 9.2in screen and sat-nav, as well as keyless entry and start, plus different driving modes that make the Superb feel sportier or more comfortable.

At the top of the range is the Laurin & Klement Edition. Even the most affordable model is over £10,000 more expensive than the cheapest Superb and it offers plenty of extra equipment on top of SE L specification.This includes an upgraded Canton sound system, triple-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats, as well as keyless entry and start, a heated windscreen and self-parking system. Also included is a more sophisticated suspension, called Dynamic Chassis Control, which can adjust more effectively to suit the road conditions, providing a smoother ride,

On top of all of this is a lengthy option list that allows you to go for the full chauffeur experience (panoramic sunroof, rear window blinds and a switch in the back to push the front passenger seat forward, increasing legroom). The Dynamic Chassis Control is also an option on all but the S models for a more comfortable ride.

Drivers can choose to be pampered with a heated steering wheel and ventilated seat with massage function.

Skoda Superb Reliability and warranty 

Modern Skodas have an excellent reliability record, even though the warranty from new is one of the least generous - lasting for three years, up to a maximum of 60,000 miles.

The current Superb was ranked the 17th most reliable car out of 75 in the 2017 Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, with a high score of 94%.

Used Skoda Superb 

The first thing to ensure is that you’re looking at the right Skoda Superb. The previous-generation car was sold until 2015. It was an excellent choice, but does feel a little dated when you compare it with the current car. You can identify an older car by the headlights, which are curved on the bottom, outside edges. The current model has jagged headlights, as seen in the pictures above.

Although the Superb has been on sale for two years now, there aren’t a great number of bargains available. The car holds its value well, which helps to reduce the cost of owning or financing it, but increases the cost of buying one in the first place.

You’ll pay more for the better-equipped Superbs, starting with the SE L Executive models, but the difference in price is less than when they were new.

If you are looking for a high-specification, nearly-new model, then it’s worth seeking out a car built after May this year. These should have been fitted with a series of upgrades, which included larger dashboard screens across the range. The change is most noticeable on more expensive models (from SE L Executive), which gained a larger 9.2in buttonless touchscreen, with a glass front.

After May, all cars were also fitted with an SOS function, enabling to call for help if the car’s in a crash and the driver doesn’t respond. Other new options included a massage function on the driver’s seat and a better automatic emergency brake that can avoid parking shunts.