Skoda Superb Review

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Critic reviews

Website Rating Notable quotes
WhichCar 90% "Vast passenger and luggage space, excellent performance and economy, value for money." Read more
Motoring 78% "Ultra-competitive pricing, truly-generous passenger and cargo space, impressive quality and equipment" Read more
Cars Advice 90% "Is there a better family wagon out there? Probably not in this price bracket." Read more

How does the Skoda Superb compare with its peers?

Updated October 20th, 2019
Name Product Maximum Power ANCAP rating Price (from) Finder Score Read review
206 Kw
5 stars
$39,990
86.67%
170 Kw
5 stars
$32,490
82.33%
150 Kw
5 stars
$19,990
81.25%
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 Prices MSRP
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 Prices MSRP
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.

Pros Cons Notable 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.

162kW 206kW
Engine type TSI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Drivetrain Front wheel drive All-wheel-drive
Engine size/displacement 1984cm3
Fuel type Unleaded petrol min RON 95
Cylinders Four
Fuel tank capacity 66-litres
Max torque 350Nm@1,500-4,400rpm 350Nm@1,700-5,600rpm
Fuel consumption (combined) 6.7L/100km 7.3L/100km
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 7.1 seconds 5.8 seconds
Emissions standard Euro 5
Top speed 243km/h 250km/h
Security Factory immobiliser
Transmission 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox
Towing capacity (unbraked/braked) 750/2,000kg 750/2,200kg

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 wagon Superb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4 Superb SportLine sedan 4x4/Superb SportLine sedan wagon 4x4
Front assist with city emergency brake
Electronic stability control (ESC)
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Anti-slip regulation (ASR)
Extended electronic differential lock (XDL)
Multi-collision brake
Rear view camera
9 airbags
Emergency fuel supply cut-off
Automatic flashing brake lights (for emergency braking)
Electronic engine immobiliser
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Passenger protection assist
Fatigue detection
ISOFIX child seat anchorage points
Fog light cornering function
Light assist (Coming home, leaving home, Tunnel lights, daylight)
Rain sensor
LED daytime running lights
Keyless central locking Optional package ✖️
Blind spot detection
Lane assist
Rear traffic alert
Emergency assist

Skoda Superb function and storage features

Superb sedan/Superb wagon Superb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4 Superb SportLine sedan 4x4/Superb SportLine sedan wagon 4x4
Sunglasses holder
Front armrest with A/C storage compartment
Rear armrest with cup holders
Front cup holders
1.5L bottle storage in all doors
Low washer fluid level warning light
60/40 split rear seating
Parking ticket holder
Waste bin in door panel
Luggage netting
Storage box with cargo fixings behind both rear wheel wells
Front AERO wipers
Rear wiper Wagon only Wagon only Wagon only
16" spare wheel ✖️ ✖️
Space saving spare wheel ✖️
Soft touch electro-mechanical luggage opening
Info screen for rear passengers
Electronic parking brake
Two umbrellas built into front doors.

Skoda Superb comfort and convenience features

Superb sedan/Superb wagon Superb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4 Superb 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 Player
Telematics display with tyre pressure, G-Force, kWs, engine and oil temps ✖️ ✖️
Traffic jam assist
Lap timer ✖️ ✖️
Premium German sound system with 12 speakers. Optional Optional
Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
Adaptive chassis control Optional Optional
Sport suspension Optional
Driving mode selection Optional
2 front and rear LED reading lights
Three-zone climate control with humidity sensor
Front heated seats
Rear heated seats Optional Optional
Electronically adjustable driver seat
Electrically adjustable front passenger seat Optional Optional
Privacy glass
Electric sunroof (Sedan) Optional Optional Optional
Electric panoramic sunroof (Wagon) Optional Optional Optional
Front and rear parking sensors
Sun shades for rear side windows
Tablet holder
Automatic parking assist Optional Optional

Skoda Superb styling features

Superb sedan/Superb wagon Superb sedan 4x4/Superb wagon 4x4 Superb SportLine sedan 4x4/Superb SportLine sedan wagon 4x4
Bi-Xenon with adaptive front light system and washers
Suedia leather-appointed seat upholstery
Suedia leather sports seats
LED interior ambient lighting
SportLine decorative front and rear door sill trims
SportLine fender logos
18" anthracite alloy wheels
19" anthracite alloy wheels
19" SportLine wheels Optional
Black ceiling trim

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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