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Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

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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PROS

  • Enormous interior
  • Sharp styling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Great value

CONS

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

At a glance

New price £25,740 - £40,695
Lease from new From £281 per month
Used price £8,780 - £29,290
Used monthly cost £217 - £722
Fuel economy 39 - 76 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £465
Insurance group 12 - 31 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Enormous interior
  • Sharp styling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Great value

CONS

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

Skoda Superb Estate rivals

These elegantly chiselled lines, enveloping a commodious interior belong to the second generation Skoda Superb Estate, which joined its hatchback sibling. Given it's so big, Skoda has done a great job of disguising that bulk, making it look both elegant and understated.

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 Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, Ford Mondeo Estate and 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 it's facelift in 2019, the front of the cabin feels suitably upmarket too. In fact, we'd go as far as saying that Skoda has managed to create a more upmarket-feeling interior than Volkswagen has with its updated Passat. Small details like the way the large infotainment screen fits in with the dashboard just seem to be more cohesive than VW's.

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.

2019 Skoda Superb Estate interior

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 teh 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.

Petrol or diesel engine? A great choice either way

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.

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. 

The petrol options

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

There were previously two 2.0-litre TSI variants – 220hp and 272hp offerings – that were exclusively fitted with the DSG transmission. While performance is impressive, the more powerful edition will sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds, it’s unlikely to match its reasonable claimed fuel economy of 39.2mpg. 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 is a good result considering the performance available.

Later in 2019 as part of the car's range updates, the 220hp unit was dropped in favour of a 190hp 2.0-litre TSI, so there's a neat engine range to pick from. 

Skoda Superb Estate rivals

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