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A great estate with bags of room, majoring on value

Skoda Superb Estate (15 on) - rated 4.6 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £26,385 - £42,780
Lease from new From £355 p/m View lease deals
Used price £7,105 - £34,410
Used monthly cost From £177 per month
Fuel Economy 30.1 - 201.8 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £475
Insurance group 12 - 31 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Vast interior space
  • Classy yet stylish looks
  • Very comfortable ride 
  • Great value for money

CONS

  • Unengaging, albeit capable to drive
  • Some people might find it too big
  • Rear seats don't fold flat
  • Prices have been creeping up

Skoda Superb Estate rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

If you're looking for a large estate car that combines value for money, quality and the most up-to-date tech, you're going to have to go a long way to beat the Skoda Superb. This full-sized family car has been around since 2015, but thanks to a facelift in 2018 and the 2020 introduction of a plug-in hybrid version known as the iV, it's still a serious choice in this market sector.

If you want big, you've certainly come to the right place. Its enormity ensures it can be regarded as a legitimate rival for the likes of the Audi A6 Avant, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate and Volvo V90 in terms of carrying capacity, while still competing against the Ford Mondeo Estate and closely-related Volkswagen Passat Estate on price.

Seriously impressive practicality

As with the hatchback, the Superb estate’s cabin is roomier than most other cars of its size. It's truly vast with limo-like space in the rear seats, and since the facelift, the front of the cabin feels suitably upmarket too. Small details like the way the large infotainment screen fits in with the dashboard just seem to be more cohesive than VW's Passat.

Skoda’s also ramped up the ‘Simply Clever’ features to increase the car’s practicality, including the option of an electric tailgate which can be made to open with a wiggle of the foot under the rear bumper, closing again by giving a brief pull down on the door itself.

Transforming the Superb hatchback’s rakish fastback profile into a more cargo-friendly estate body has been a very successful transformation. Rear seats up, the Skoda Superb estate will swallow 660 litres of luggage, shopping and whatever else you need to transport – an increase of 27 litres over the previous generation.

Fold the rear seats over and that increases to a maximum of 1,950 litres, although you’ll want to invest in the variable-height boot floor option to have a flatter load bed as the seat backs don't fold totally flat. Not only is this the roomiest rear in the segment, it’s 85 litres more than the model it replaced too.

Plug-in hybrid Superb iV detailed

The Superb plug-in hybrid uses a combination of 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. It aims to offer decent levels of performance in combination with the possibility of zero-emission driving for up to a claimed 34 miles largely around town.

It defaults to driving in E-mode (all electric), but Hybrid and Sport modes are available on top of the regular Superb Drive Mode Select options. You can also opt to top up the battery using the engine, for example if you want to use it in E-mode later on in town.

Available in SE Tech, SE L, Sportline Plus and L&K trims, the 218hp Superb iV offers a pleasing blend of performance and efficiency, but only if you make the most of being able to charge it. Otherwise you’re simply driving around with a petrol auto, with less boot space than the donor car. This is because the batteries take up extra space. For the Superb Estate, boot space falls to 510 litres as a result.

The petrol options

Those looking for petrol power have a couple of interesting choices: the entry level 1.5-litre TSI is surprisingly punchy and economical, but will only make sense to those covering lower annual mileage.

Topping the range is the 2.0-litre TSI variant, which comes in 190 and 272hp forms. The latter is a range-topper that's exclusively fitted with the DSG transmission. Performance is ample, making this car capable of surprising other road users – it will sprint from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and top out at a limited 155mph.

It won't be the most economical Superb on fuel, although we ran a 280hp 4x4 (pre-2019 model) Skoda Superb Sportline as a long-termer, and that averaged just a little more than 31mpg - which remains a fair result considering the performance available.

Diesel options

Traditionally, the vast majority of Skoda Superb Estate customers have opted for one of the economical diesels, particularly where maximising efficiency across higher mileages is the primary consideration. But in line with the industry norm, diesel sales are dropping in favour of the plug-in hybrid.

The range kicks off with an efficient 120hp 1.6-litre TDI, but our pick would be the 150hp 2.0-litre TDI, the most popular model. There's a 190hp available as well, but the differences in most driving situations are hard to pick up on. You do get a choice of manual and DSG automatic transmissions, as well as the option of four-wheel drive on higher-output cars.

Big on size, big on value

Although the Superb Estate isn't the bargain in cash terms that it once was, it's still usefully cheaper than the Volkswagen Passat that it's so closely related to. It's also well equipped for your money – and if you're looking to lease, there are deals that start from £355 per month. Food for thought if you're considering a more premium rival.

Click through these pages to read everything you need to know about the Skoda Superb Estate including its practicality, how much it costs to run – and whether we'd recommend buying one.

Skoda Superb Estate rivals

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