From £17,075
The equivalent of a fully loaded Merc E-class for £27,000

Our Verdict

Skoda Superb 2008-2015

The Skoda Superb offers German quality and Czech pricing, but does that add up to a great deal?

What is it?

Probably the most opulent Skoda ever seen in the UK. With permanent four-wheel drive, a 3.6-litre 260bhp engine and an equipment list that itemises no fewer than 75 goodies ranging from dual-zone air-con to electrically operated leather seats, the Skoda Superb Elegance V6 is the equivalent of a fully loaded Merc E-class for £27,000.

What’s it like?

The Superb is a revelation and with its enormous interior, grunty powertrain and sophisticated manners. Ride quality apart, the car excels in almost every area and adapts well to its luxury aspirations.

It is thirsty, returning an average of 23mpg in our hands, but the performance is strong enough to post the quickest 0-60mph of any Skoda production car – a claimed 6.5sec. With four tailpipes and the much-vaunted 'Twindoor' boot, it is a genuine long-distance express.

It also benefits from many of the technical advances of the VW Group, including FSI engine technology (helping to keep C02 down to a competitive 235g/km), six-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox and touchscreen sat-nav.

Should I buy one?

If £27,000 sounds like a lot for a Skoda, try comparing it, feature for feature, with anything that promotes itself as an executive performance saloon. Nothing touches it for value and the odd rough edge (uninvolving dynamics, knobbly ride) is easily forgiven. It’s terrific.

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19 May 2009

But it's still an ugly bugger!

Those who buy 'executive performance cars' also want to show it off. The skoda design boys need to get rid of their etch-a-sketch and learn how to do the occasional curve!

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

19 May 2009

The Audi A6 uses the Quattro transmission, no? It doesn't use the Haldex system.

19 May 2009

Regardless of what you call the transmission, it is completely different, the Audi A6 has a longitudinal engine, while on the Superb it is transverse.

And it might be great value, but I don't recall you waxing so lyrical of the Insignia V6 4x4 (with which it does share a Haldex 4x4 system)? Rather you pointed out

"But poor fuel economy and CO2 emissions will leave it as very much a minority taste. Depreciation is likely to be acute too."

yet no such caveats with the Superb?

19 May 2009

Equivalent to a fully loaded E-class? Hope your readers are a bit more informed because its nowhere near a "fully loaded" Merc E-class in any respect. The "fuly loaded" Skoda (front parking sensors, auto dimming mirrors are extras!!) is slightly better specced than a bog standard E-Class SE (leather/xenon optional on hte SE, all others standard) but missing on many passive and active safety features, and less well equiped than a standard off-the-shelf Avantgarde which offers as standard all the "extras" of the Skoda (incl. leather/xenon etc). And the price difference? You can buy an automatice E220CDI for £28K and £30500 for Avnantgarde. £34k will get you an E350CDI avantgarde. Factor in residual values for a £27K V6 petrol skoda, and I can hardly see the "value" or the justification for making do with below standard ride and dynamics. Unless a petrol V6 with dismal economy and a basic 4x4 system are a must....

19 May 2009

[quote FlashBastd]

And it might be great value, but I don't recall you waxing so lyrical of the Insignia V6 4x4 (with which it does share a Haldex 4x4 system)? Rather you pointed out

"But poor fuel economy and CO2 emissions will leave it as very much a minority taste. Depreciation is likely to be acute too."

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I was also puzzled by the praise for the VW group technology helping its CO2 emmissions. Surely it's the VW group's clever emissions testing which helps - a 23mpg average does not equal 235g/km. The FSI tech doesn't seem that impressive in this application, by way of caparison SAAB's ancient (1970s origins) 2.3 turbo gets 30mpg real life average in the similarly heavy (and 12 year old) 9-5 and delivers 250+ bhp and no-one would hold that up as an example of the cutting edge.

19 May 2009

I love this car, it looks different, and what space inside.

And it is great value. The perfect family car.

19 May 2009

there's no denying it, it is an ugly bugger. most of the asthetic problems are at the rear of the car and if skoda were to produce an estate i would seriously consider a chugaboom diesel version.

19 May 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]

there's no denying it, it is an ugly bugger. most of the asthetic problems are at the rear of the car and if skoda were to produce an estate i would seriously consider a chugaboom diesel version.

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I agree. I think the estate version comes out later this year.

19 May 2009

[quote scrap]The Audi A6 uses the Quattro transmission, no? It doesn't use the Haldex system.[/quote] Whoops. We should have spotted that earlier. Of course, the old Superb was based on the A6/Passat.

19 May 2009

[quote Autocar]With four tailpipes and the much-vaunted 'Twindoor' boot, it is a genuine long-distance express.[/quote] Interesting. So, how exactly do "four tailpipes" make a car a "genuine long-distance express"?

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