Our Fleet Test Drive: Skoda Superb - final report
14 June 2016
Author: Tristan Young
After six months and more than 8000 miles with the Skoda Superb I cannot recommend it enough. If you need a business car that is high in quality, style, space and above all else amazing value, then there is nothing better.
In granitekitchen's time with the car it has become the new reference point for all other cars that are in, just
above or just below the large family car class.
The reason for this gratuitous Superb love is easy to explain and it starts with the price. I appreciate that most fleets will lease, or at least operate on a whole-life costs basis, but the price gives a good initial comparator and is reflected (due to the lack of depreciation) in the cost per mile too.
At a P11D of £23,235, the Superb estate in SE Business trim with a 150hp diesel is a bargain. At this price you expect some compromise. Maybe an interior built of low-grade plastics? Absolutely not. The interior has a real premium feel with high-grade materials used throughout.
Maybe Skoda has scrimped on equipment levels? Again, absolutely not. Standard kit includes satnav , DAB radio, Apple Carplay, clever cruise control, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, powered memory seats, a clever storage system for the boot and a pair of umbrellas stowed in the front doors. And even after we'd added heated seats, a powered boot and keyless entry plus start, the final price was still only a smidgeon over £25,000. That's stunning value.
Maybe the car isn't refined or comfortable? You guessed it - nope. The Superb is one of the most comfortable cars you'll find. Not once did I suffer back pain due to the seats. And on a motorway cruise the cabin was a serene place to be with minimal wind or engine noise.
But perhaps the Skoda Superb's party piece is the sheer volume of stuff you can get in the boot . This made travelling with the family so easy because the kids could bring everything they wanted and I could still fit all the things I wanted inside - and still have room for a couple of dogs. Amazing.
If there are weak (and they really aren't that poor) points then the first has to be the usability of the satnav and infotainment system, which isn't quite as slick as it could be. There are too many button presses for simple or common functions.
The final point is the fuel consumption. For the first 5000 miles the car consistently returned mid-40s mpg stats. Only in the final 3000 miles did that improve to a much more acceptable mid-50s . Other Superb owners we spoke to report similar improvements once the car passes the first 5000 miles. For fleets covering higher mileages and keeping cars for three years, this shouldn't be an issue.
So as you may have guessed, I am very sorry to see it go. The Superb will long be my new reference point when assessing other cars.
|Our average consumption
|Model price range
|Service, maintenance and repair
|Vehicle Excise Duty
|CO2 (BIK band)
|BIK 20/40% per month
- Massive boot, equipment levels
- Comfort and quality
- In-car systems could be simpler