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Skoda Superb Saloon engines, drive and performance

2002 - 2008 (change model)
Performance rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The range is kicked off by a 2.0-litre petrol with 115bhp. It’s not really powerful enough for Superb’s big body. The first petrol engine worth considering is the 150bhp 1.8T. It has a useful turn of pace and a satisfying turbo kick powering it to 60mph in a respectable 9.2 seconds. The 193bhp 2.8 V6 is the largest petrol and offers acceptable pace.

Diesel is well suited to Superb and there are three engines to choose from. The most popular is the 1.9-litre TDI with 100, 105 and 130bhp. It’s economical, fairly swift and although there’s some clatter on start-up, it’s pretty refined too. There’s also a more modern 2.0-litre TDI with 140bhp and a range-topping and 2.5 V6 with 160bhp – the perfect engine for long distance motorway cruising.

Superb is most at home on the motorway where it cruises competently, plus it’s also pretty good when it comes to backroads, too. Although low-speed manoeuvres can be a little awkward at times and a little bodyroll is noticeable, Superb corners well at speed and it’s possible to make quick progress. The ride is as smooth as you’d expect, comfortably cushioning all but the biggest lumps and bumps in the road.