Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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

Petrol engines 6.4 - 9.7 mpp
Diesel engines 8.0 - 11.9 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 31.8 - 50.3 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 - 45.6 mpg
Diesel engines 39.8 - 58.9 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 148.7 - 235.4 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 between 47-51mpg for the 2.0 TDI 150 with DSG gearbox, while a manual-equipped version achieves up to 53.3mpg. Go for the TDI 190 and you can expect between 47.1 and 50.4mpg, while the 4x4 version of this claims 41.5-44.8mpg. 

However, that impressive 1.5 TSI is worth a look, with Skoda claiming it'll achieve up to 44.8mpg 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 36.7-40.9mpg. 

Unsurprisingly, the 272hp 2.0 TSI is the worst offender here, claiming 30.1-32.8mpg. CO2 emissions are reasonable across the Superb range. The best performer is the 2.0 TDI 150, producing 113g/km in manual form and 114g/km for the DSG. The 2.0 TDI 190 isn't far behind with 119g/km, but the 4x4 emits more at 135g/km. 

The 1.5 TSI produces 122g/km (manual) and 123g/km (DSG), while the 2.0 TSI 272 emits 161g/km, making it the dirtiest of the range. 

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 - £465
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Insurance group 12 - 31
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