Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Skoda Superb Hatchback?

The Skoda Superb may not be a fashionable crossover or SUV, but it remains a highly relevant new-car buy for the moment - it manages to blend such a wide breadth of abilities into its large body that it begs the question why you'd really need anything else. With that in mind, the biggest question is which Superb is best for you?

If you want low running costs, the 150hp 2.0 TDI will be a tempting option as it boasts the high claimed fuel economy figures of more than 50mpg, but is also great if you're regularly on the motorway and cover long distances. If you can stretch to the additional outlay, we'd go for the punchier 190hp 2.0-litre TDI – you won't really notice any difference in fuel consumption and the extra torque could prove useful.

'The Superb really does tick so many boxes. It's exceedingly comfortable, easy to drive and easy to get along with every single day. Plus, there's such a wide range of engines and trims to pick from.'

Tom Goodlad, Parkers continuity editor

However, if you're a lower-mileage driver, the petrol-engined 1.5 TSI isn't far behind. This is s power unit that is smoother and quieter than the TDI, and if you're a gentle driver, is capable of delivering brilliant fuel consumption. Don't worry about 1.5 litres seeming on the small side for a such a large-bodied car – it won't undergo too much stress on the engine just pottering about town, and cruising. 

Company car drivers will want to follow this theme. The 1.5 TSI is good on BIK, but the diesels are better long-distance cruisers. If you want the fastest Superb, the 272hp 2.0 TSI certainly won't disappoint, putting many hot hatchbacks to shame while looking like a regular family car. It's a stealthy performer that's very likeable and rewarding.

But which ever one you choose, the Superb remains an intrinsically appealling, practical and stylish large family car and proof - if it were needed - that you don't need an SUV for spacious family transport. It's an excellent all-rounder that will have no reservation in recommending one - especially as it's cheaper than the equivalent Volkswagen Passat, and has a more upmarket feel inside than the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport.