Skoda Superb Estate

The Essentials

  • Price from £18,915
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 64.2mpg
  • What is it? An estate that's big, but could be cleverer

Great

  • Comfortable and relaxed to drive
  • Luxurious quality belies the modest pricetag
  • Enough space for five plus a couple of Great Danes

Gripes

  • It's not exactly a sharp looker
  • Some of the diesel engines sound like sixty-a-day smokers
  • Rear seats don't fold completely flat
  • Drive

    Agile for such a huge car but some diesel engines sound rough

  • Inside

    Dash couldn't be easier to use and it all looks fit for a queen, or king

  • Safety

    Seven airbags, standard stability control and an intelligent lighting system: the kit is superb

  • Reliability

    Skoda has a fine reputation for reliability and the quality is faultless, too

  • Space

    Need a spare room? Try the Superb. It's vast but the seats don't fold to create a flat loadbay floor

  • Standard and extras

    All get MP3 connectivity, electric windows and mirrors, alloy wheels and air-con. Upgrade for more treats

  • What's it like to drive?

    Pick the right engine and driving the Skoda Superb will be a doddle. The 158bhp 1.8 TSI is the best bet for petrol buyer, while in diesel form the most expensive 168bhp 2.0-litre is the one to go for. It's the only one to use the latest common-rail technology, so it's quiet and smooth. Soft suspension soaks up the bumps nicely, while there's plenty of grip to keep things tidy around corners.

  • What's it like inside?

    The clue is in the name: the controls are smart, easy to use, and there's a brilliant touch-screen stereo, too. Anyone should be able to find a good driving position and as for the rear seats, three burly chaps should have no trouble settling comfortably back there. As for the boot, it is truly enormous, with useful hooks and lashing points to secure your gear. It's just a pity the back seats don't work more cleverly because there's a stepped floor when they fold down.

  • How reliable is it?

    Reliability should be excellent, given Skoda's record, and the safety features are comprehensive.

  • Should I buy one?

    Considering what you're getting, the Skoda Superb is nothing short of a bargain. Running costs and resale values are reasonable, particularly if you opt for one of the turbodiesels. Every model comes with an MP3-compatible CD player, electric windows and door mirrors, alloy wheels and air-con. The range-toppers have tyre-pressure monitors, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, electric leather seats and sat-nav.