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Skoda Superb Review

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Avg. critics score: 86.67%
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Critic reviews

WebsiteRatingNotable quotes
WhichCar90%"Vast passenger and luggage space, excellent performance and economy, value for money."Read more
Motoring78%"Ultra-competitive pricing, truly-generous passenger and cargo space, impressive quality and equipment"Read more
Cars Advice90%"Is there a better family wagon out there? Probably not in this price bracket."Read more

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How does the Skoda Superb compare with its peers?

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Name Product Maximum Power ANCAP rating Price (from) Finder Score Read review
Skoda Superb
206 Kw
5 stars
$39,990
86.67%
Mazda 6
170 Kw
5 stars
$32,490
82.33%
Kia Cerato
150 Kw
5 stars
$19,990
81.25%
Toyota Camry
224 Kw
5 stars
$28,990
79.75%
Lexus IS
423 Kw
5 stars
$59,340
73.33%
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The complete Skoda Superb review

Skoda Superb Pricing

Skoda retails the Superb from $43,990 for an entry level, 2.0-litre petrol, front wheel drive Style sedan. Prices rise to $61,690 for an all-wheel-drive SportLine wagon.

Metallic paints are a $700 optional extra.

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Superb Sedan Pricing

Skoda Superb Sedan PricesMSRP
Style 2.0 Petrol TSI, Automatic, FWD:$43,990
Style 2.0 Petrol TSI, Automatic, 4x4:$55,290
SportLine 2.0 Petrol TSI, Automatic, 4x4:$59,990

Superb Wagon Pricing

Skoda Superb Wagon PricesMSRP
Style 2.0 Petrol TSI, Automatic, FWD:$45,690
Style 2.0 Petrol TSI, Automatic, 4x4:$56,990
SportLine 2.0 Petrol TSI, Automatic, 4x4:$61,690

The above prices are the manufacturer's recommended driveaway price (MRDP). These costs include twelve months' rego and compulsory third-party insurance. They also include dealer-delivery rates and stamp duty.

Skoda Superb Reviews from around the web

Overview...

The Skoda Superb is a near perfect sedan or wagon that is extremely well equipped. In fact, it's so good that the automotive media had to get extraordinarily picky to offer any critique. In summary, it's a class-leading benchmark.

ProsConsNotable quote
WhichCar
  • Large interior
  • Superb performance and economy
  • Value for money
  • Patchy suspension
  • FWD models lack traction
  • Lacklustre front seating
"The Skoda Superb is all about the amount of room it manages to squeeze into an upper-medium-sized car for an everyday medium-car price."
Motoring
  • Spacious interior
  • Desirable passenger equipment
  • Quality
  • Laggy acceleration
  • Increased noise levels with seats down
  • Unexciting interior
"The new Skoda Superb, more than any other current Skoda locally on sale, is proof that the company is a worthy contender in the prestige sector."
CarAdvice
  • Strong petrol engine.
  • Snappy automatic box
  • Spacious
  • Lots of clever features
  • Hesitation at low speed
  • No RS badge model
"It is, dare we say it, superb."

Engine and performance

For 2019 Superb models, Skoda has dropped the diesel option. That decision leaves buyers with the choice between two turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engines. Both engines share a 2.0-litre capacity and both deliver 350Nm of torque. However, one of the engines produces 162kW, while the other engine generates 206kW. Peak power kicks in at different revs. On the Style 2.0-litre engines, maximum kilowatts are achieved at 6,200rpm. SportLine Superbs rev harder, with maximum power at 6,500rpm.

Skoda put the higher output engine in the SportLine 4x4 model. Performance wise, the lower power engine is able to go from 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds. For SportLine cars, this takes a brisk 5.8 seconds.

Reviewers thoughts on the Skoda Superb engine/gearbox line-up

How did reviewers rate these engines? Unanimously, the 162kW engine was said to be solid but reviewers felt it lagged (likely due to the nature of turbocharged engines) when initially setting off.

Bolted to the engine is a six-speed, dual-clutch, automatic direct-shift gearbox (DSG). Most of the road testers felt the transmission shifted well but expressed slight discontentment with the tardiness when setting off. SportLine Superbs come with paddle shifters for a motorsport-like sensation when manually switching through cogs.

162kW206kW
Engine typeTSI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
DrivetrainFront wheel driveAll-wheel-drive
Engine size/displacement1984cm3
Fuel typeUnleaded petrol min RON 95
CylindersFour
Fuel tank capacity66-litres
Max torque350Nm@1,500-4,400rpm350Nm@1,700-5,600rpm
Fuel consumption (combined)6.7L/100km7.3L/100km
Acceleration (0-100km/h)7.1 seconds5.8 seconds
Emissions standardEuro 5
Top speed243km/h250km/h
SecurityFactory immobiliser
Transmission6-speed DSG automatic gearbox
Towing capacity (unbraked/braked)750/2,000kg750/2,200kg

Fuel efficiency

Motoring journalists typically felt the car provided good fuel consumption.

For the 162kW Superb sedan, fuel usage is listed as follows:

  • Combined: 6.6L/100km
  • Urban: 8.2L/100km
  • Extra urban: 5.6L/100km

The sedan will use more fuel if it is paired with the higher power 206kW engine, thanks in part to the extra potency but also thanks to the increased driveline mass due to the all-wheel-drive transmission:

  • Combined: 7.3L/100km
  • Urban: 9.1L/100km
  • Extra urban: 6.3L/100km

Wagon models differ slightly too, as they weigh a couple of dozen extra kilos. For the 162kW Skoda Superb wagon, fuel usage is as follows:

  • Combined: 6.7L/100km
  • Urban: 8.3L/100km
  • Extra urban: 5.8L/100km

And for the high-power Wagon models, there's no difference in fuel consumption compared to the high-power sedan. Presumably, the extra oomph compensates for the slightly increased weight:

  • Combined: 7.3L/100km
  • Urban: 9.1L/100km
  • Extra urban: 6.3L/100km

Official figures, derived from 81/02 ADR tests, differ from real-world figures. Skoda lists possible reasons for differences including driving styles, road conditions, traffic, environmental factors, the state of the vehicle and the number of accessories fitted. So the brochure numbers should really only be used for comparing different models.

Car reviewers generally were given SportLine 4x4 models to drive. They may be driving in a more spirited manner than normal road users, but one outlet achieved a still respectable 10.1L/100km, while another recorded 8.0L/100km.

Testers thought that the Skoda Superb, in either the Style or SportLine variants, was decent. However, many recommended opting for the adaptive chassis control (ACC) that comes with the optional Tech pack.

This lets you alter the suspension and performance on the go. On long distance motorway journeys, you can tap into Comfort mode. When you wish to have a bit of fun, there’s a Sports mode that tightens everything up. The consensus was the car is pretty well-planted.

The steering is said to be direct and precise, although there is a tendency for the car to understeer. To be fair though, very few drivers will find that an issue in everyday trips. To get a true sense of how the Superb handles, you should head to your nearest dealer.

Handling

Testers thought that the Skoda Superb, in either the Style or SportLine variants, was decent. However, many recommended opting for the adaptive chassis control (ACC) that comes with the optional Tech pack.

This lets you alter the suspension and performance on the go. On long distance motorway journeys, you can tap into Comfort mode. When you wish to have a bit of fun, there's a Sports mode that tightens everything up. The consensus was the car is pretty well-planted.

The steering is said to be direct and precise, although there is a tendency for the car to understeer. To be fair though, very few drivers will find that an issue in everyday trips. To get a true sense of how the Superb handles, you should head to your nearest dealer.

Interior and other features

When looking through the spec sheet for this car's cabin, there's very little missing from the Skoda Superb's interior.

To start with, the Superb is roomy. Universally, all journalists enjoyed the spaciousness found in the passenger seats. There's a ton of head, elbow and leg room. The rear occupants, according to reviewers, have near limo levels of space to stretch out in. That's probably why you'll note the Superb is used around the globe as a car to transport VIP and government officials.

A few testers had gripes with the front seats on the sport model, describing them as a little snug for those with broader shoulders.

Whether as a sedan or a wagon, the Superb makes for a practical family car. Dotted around the cabin are ample storage pockets, compartments and bins. There's even an indoor storage slot built into the front doors – with drainage for two included umbrellas! Skoda also includes clever netting that secures loads and a rechargeable torch in the boot space.

The interior of the base spec model is pretty luxurious, with many features you'd expect on cars costing a lot more money. For example, there is the large infotainment screen with built-in sat nav and smartphone connectivity. There are also a number of smart-driving assists like adaptive cruise, emergency braking, blind-spot detection and rear traffic alerts.

Skoda Superb safety features

Superb sedan/Superb wagonSuperb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4Superb SportLine sedan 4x4/Superb SportLine sedan wagon 4x4
Front assist with city emergency brakeβœ”βœ”βœ”
Electronic stability control (ESC)βœ”βœ”βœ”
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)βœ”βœ”βœ”
Anti-slip regulation (ASR)βœ”βœ”βœ”
Extended electronic differential lock (XDL)βœ”βœ”βœ”
Multi-collision brakeβœ”βœ”βœ”
Rear view cameraβœ”βœ”βœ”
9 airbagsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Emergency fuel supply cut-offβœ”βœ”βœ”
Automatic flashing brake lights (for emergency braking)βœ”βœ”βœ”
Electronic engine immobiliserβœ”βœ”βœ”
Tyre pressure monitoring systemβœ”βœ”βœ”
Passenger protection assistβœ”βœ”βœ”
Fatigue detectionβœ”βœ”βœ”
ISOFIX child seat anchorage pointsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Fog light cornering functionβœ”βœ”βœ”
Light assist (Coming home, leaving home, Tunnel lights, daylight)βœ”βœ”βœ”
Rain sensorβœ”βœ”βœ”
LED daytime running lightsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Keyless central lockingOptional packageβœ”βœ–οΈ
Blind spot detectionβœ”βœ”βœ”
Lane assistβœ”βœ”βœ”
Rear traffic alertβœ”βœ”βœ”
Emergency assistβœ”βœ”βœ”

Skoda Superb function and storage features

Superb sedan/Superb wagonSuperb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4Superb SportLine sedan 4x4/Superb SportLine sedan wagon 4x4
Sunglasses holderβœ”βœ”βœ”
Front armrest with A/C storage compartmentβœ”βœ”βœ”
Rear armrest with cup holdersβœ”βœ”βœ”
Front cup holdersβœ”βœ”βœ”
1.5L bottle storage in all doorsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Low washer fluid level warning lightβœ”βœ”βœ”
60/40 split rear seatingβœ”βœ”βœ”
Parking ticket holderβœ”βœ”βœ”
Waste bin in door panelβœ”βœ”βœ”
Luggage nettingβœ”βœ”βœ”
Storage box with cargo fixings behind both rear wheel wellsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Front AERO wipersβœ”βœ”βœ”
Rear wiperWagon onlyWagon onlyWagon only
16" spare wheelβœ”βœ–οΈβœ–οΈ
Space saving spare wheelβœ–οΈβœ”βœ”
Soft touch electro-mechanical luggage openingβœ”βœ”βœ”
Info screen for rear passengersβœ”βœ”βœ”
Electronic parking brakeβœ”βœ”βœ”
Two umbrellas built into front doors.βœ”βœ”βœ”

Skoda Superb comfort and convenience features

Superb sedan/Superb wagonSuperb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4Superb SportLine sedan 4x4/Superb SportLine sedan wagon 4x4
9.2" touchscreen with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, voice control, SD card and CD Playerβœ”βœ”βœ”
Telematics display with tyre pressure, G-Force, kWs, engine and oil tempsβœ–οΈβœ–οΈβœ”
Traffic jam assistβœ”βœ”βœ”
Lap timerβœ–οΈβœ–οΈβœ”
Premium German sound system with 12 speakers.OptionalOptionalβœ”
Adaptive cruise control (ACC)βœ”βœ”βœ”
Adaptive chassis controlOptionalOptionalβœ”
Sport suspensionOptionalβœ”βœ”
Driving mode selectionOptionalβœ”βœ”
2 front and rear LED reading lightsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Three-zone climate control with humidity sensorβœ”βœ”βœ”
Front heated seatsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Rear heated seatsOptionalOptionalβœ”
Electronically adjustable driver seatβœ”βœ”βœ”
Electrically adjustable front passenger seatOptionalOptionalβœ”
Privacy glassβœ”βœ”βœ”
Electric sunroof (Sedan)OptionalOptionalOptional
Electric panoramic sunroof (Wagon)OptionalOptionalOptional
Front and rear parking sensorsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Sun shades for rear side windowsβœ”βœ”βœ”
Tablet holderβœ”βœ”βœ”
Automatic parking assistOptionalOptionalβœ”

Skoda Superb styling features

Superb sedan/Superb wagonSuperb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4Superb SportLine sedan 4x4/Superb SportLine sedan wagon 4x4
Bi-Xenon with adaptive front light system and washersβœ”βœ”βœ”
Suedia leather-appointed seat upholsteryβœ”βœ”βœ–
Suedia leather sports seatsβœ–βœ–βœ”
LED interior ambient lightingβœ”βœ”βœ”
SportLine decorative front and rear door sill trimsβœ–βœ–βœ”
SportLine fender logosβœ–βœ–βœ”
18" anthracite alloy wheelsβœ”βœ–βœ–
19" anthracite alloy wheelsβœ–βœ”βœ–
19" SportLine wheelsOptionalβœ–βœ–
Black ceiling trimβœ–βœ–βœ”

Verdict

The majority of reviewers said this mid-range sedan and wagon lived up to its name. The pricing is competitive and the features are abundant. The Superb really does seem to be able to do everything and to do it adeptly. If you're in the market for a comfortable, fun and utterly practical sedan or wagon, the Superb has to be at the top of your list for consideration.

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4.99% (fixed)
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$5
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7.16%
$5,000
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A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
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From 9.99% (fixed)
10.88%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$150
$10
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7.19%
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$499
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