Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.6 - 7.1 mpp
Diesel engines 5.9 - 8.7 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 33.0 - 39.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 30.1 - 47.1 mpg
Diesel engines 39.8 - 58.9 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 217.3 - 256.8 mpg
  • Reasonable running costs on most models
  • 2.0 TSI is the most expensive to run
  • Diesels best, but 1.5 TSI is worth a look

If you're covering long distances, the diesel Superbs will be your best bet, as they will reliably get close to their claimed fuel economy figures.

The figures are variable depending on trim level/alloy wheel size, but you can expect to get up to 57.7mpg for the 2.0 TDI 150 with DSG gearbox, while a manual-equipped version achieves up to 58.9mpg. Go for the TDI 200 and you can expect up to 53.3mpg, while the 4x4 version of this claims up to 47.9mpg. 

However, that impressive 1.5 TSI is worth a look, with Skoda claiming it'll achieve up to 45mpg in manual form. We've found it's possible to get more than this on a relaxed journey. The DSG version of this is slightly less at up to 43.5mpg. 

Unsurprisingly, the 280hp 2.0 TSI is the worst offender here, claiming 33.6mpg.

CO2 emissions are reasonable across the Superb range. The best performer other than the hybrid is the 2.0 TDI 150, producing 125g/km in manual form and 127g/km for the DSG. The 2.0 TDI 200 isn't far behind with 140g/km, but the 4x4 emits more at 154g/km. 

The 1.5 TSI produces 141g/km in both auto and manual forms, while the 2.0 TSI 280 emits 193g/km, making it the dirtiest of the range. 

Hybrid returns impressive numbers

Skoda claims an official combined fuel economy figure of 147-217mpg for iV models with the plug-in hybrid powertrain. As with all models, your own returns will depend very much on how you use the car. Plug in regularly and keep journeys short and you may rarely need to use the petrol engine – regularly cover long trips with a flat battery and you’ll see economy tumble.

The Superb iV can cover up to 35 miles on a full charge, which is an impressive figure for such a large, heavy car.

During our time with the car, we plugged in when we could and saw a combined figure of over 90mpg – covering mainly short journeys, but with fast motorway sections. On a longer trip with a discharged battery that figure dropped to around 45mpg, which is still pretty impressive.

With its electric range and CO2 emissions of 30-42g/km, the Superb iV makes a brilliant company car, falling into the 12% benefit-in-kind company car tax band.

Charging times

The Superb iV isn’t optimised for fast-charging – there’s not much point with its comparatively small battery. Skoda claims that a 3.6kW home wallbox (most are rated up to 7kW anyway) will charge the battery to full in three-and-a-half hours, with a three-pin domestic socket achieving the same job in five hours.  

Is it reliable?

  • Four recalls for the Superb
  • None are too concerning
  • Any remedial work will have been sorted

Underneath the car is a familiar MQB architecture and engine supply, so it’s likely that reliability will mirror that of its sister cars – the Skoda Octavia, VW Golf, SEAT Leon, Audi A3, VW Passat, Audi TT and VW Golf SV for example.

That means engines and electrics will likely be dependable – with little to worry about for buyers. Of course that does depend on the Skoda being serviced and maintained to schedule.

Inside the cabin manages to tread a fine line between utilitarian toughness and a premium feel, so we’d expect it’ll stand up well to the extremes of family life, something many Superbs will surely be used for. And at least its vast wheelbase and lengthy rear legroom will make it difficult for children to kick the rear of the front seats and scuffing them in the process.

The Superb has been the subject of a few recalls, including one related to the airbag, the sunroof and the seatbelts. However, any work to fix the problems will have been carried out. 

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £490
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Insurance group 12 - 33
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