SKODA

SKODA SUPERB DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 TDI CR SE Technology 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.2s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined65.7 mpg

SUPERB BY NAME.

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The Superb has long been the standard-bearer for Skoda's model line-up and gained a fresh lease of life in this more sophisticated 'B9'-series third generation guise, first launched for the 2015 model year. This version was still as class-leadingly spacious as its predecessors but managed to match that practicality with smart, contemporary styling for both Hatch and Estate body styles. It was more sophisticated under the skin too, with lighter, stiffer underpinnings that improved driving dynamics and efficiency, while also allowing for the fitment of extra hi-tech driving aids. The result was a very complete package that proved likeable to live with.

Models

5dr family hatch 'Estate - (1.4 TSI, 1.5 TSI, 2.0TSI, 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI 150PS, 2.0 TDI 190PS)

History

The name 'Superb' smacks of self-aggrandisment doesn't it, but it's actually an important nameplate for Skoda, dating back to 1934 and an original design that established this Czech maker's forward-thinking automotive credentials. Amongst other things, this pre-war model showcased overhead valve engines, hydraulic brakes and a four-speed gearbox, technology that was cutting edge for the period. And it was gracefully styled too, justifying a name borrowed from the Latin 'superbus', meaning 'proud' or 'stately'. It would be a long time before the brand would bring us another model - this car - that would again truly justify that terminology. The first and second generation modern era Superb models we saw in 2001 and 2008 certainly didn't. The first of these, based on stretched Volkswagen Passat underpinnings, was prompted by an initial request from Czech President Milos Zeman who'd come to Skoda wanting a large luxury saloon, having been embarrassed by the previous need to use German cars for his official duties. Surprisingly successful, this design justified development of a MK3 version that featured much more Czech DNA, based on a platform stretched from the brand's cheaper Octavia model. This time, buyers got an estate variant too, as well as a five-door version offering a clever 'Twindoor' rear liftback arrangement giving the look of a saloon but the versatilty of a hatchback. In both cases, the market's medium range Mondeo D-segment got a brilliantly spacious, excellent value contender, but one that in styling terms was dowdy and dull - the kind of car your dad would choose. The safe, comfort-orientated handling suited that perception too. It all meant that when it came to this third generation model line-up, it simply wasn't going to be enough for Skoda to once more bring us something big, sensible and decently priced. This car needed a more dynamic feel, a dose of technology and, most of all, a sense of style. In short, it needed to justify its name. This MK3 version, launched here in the Summer of 2015, was ready to offer all of these things. Though even more practical than before, it was more fashionably distinctive. Plus installation of the Volkswagen Group's lighter and more advanced MQB platform opened up for buyers the potential for sharper responses, as well as a whole raft of up-to-the-minute technology and greater levels of efficiency. This 'B9'-series design sold in its original form until mid-2019, when it was significantly facelifted. It's the pre-facelift models we look at here for a used car perspective.

What You Get

This third generation Superb was a larger car than its predecessor, but that's not the perspective you get from first glance. Somehow here, this Skoda looks more compact and agile than its B6-series predecessor and the previous model's boxy, forgettable shape here developed into a stylish silhouette that Chief Designer Jozef Kaban and his team evolved from their dynamic 'VisionC' concept car. Clean-cut lines, smoothly shaped surfaces and sharp edges were integrated to create one of the most striking and elegant designs in the sector. From a side perspective, you appreciate the flowing shape of the extended roofline and the extra length of this design: it's 28mm longer in hatch guise and 23mm longer if, like the majority of buyers, you choose the Estate bodystyle. Take a seat behind the wheel and as you enter, you might admire a classic Superb touch - an umbrella that sits in its own waterproofed compartment. As the door closes with a reassuring 'thunk' and you take a seat inside, you find yourself in a cabin that's simpler, cleaner and classier than the interiors of earlier Superbs. This may not be quite a Mercedes S-Class for the masses but it's still very nicely finished indeed. The console is dominated by a colour infotainment touchscreen, this one either 5-inches, 6.5-inches, or, as here, 8-inches in size, depending on the trim level of the car you've selected. Either way, it's the clear and intuitive portal through which you access the usual stereo, phone and informational functions, plus of course the sat nav system if fitted. Most models had this screen with 'Smartlink' functionality which enables access to 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' technology that'll replicate all of your smartphone functions into the system, so use of your preferred apps and your favoured forms of social media will be no problem. In the rear, you start to fully appreciate the benefit of this third generation model's 80mm increase in wheelbase. The designers could have used this to further increase legroom but there wasn't really any point given that in offering 157mm of space to stretch out, the previous model was already easily class-leading in this respect. Elbow room was improved though, so it's easier to comfortably transport three adults over long distances than it would be in any other car in this sector from this era. And out back? Get your stuff over the rather pronounced boot lip and you'll find that the 625-litre space on offer is 39-litres bigger than you'd get from a Volkswagen Passat, 84-litres bigger than a Ford Mondeo and a huge 95-litres bigger than a Vauxhall Insignia. Unfortunately, the cargo floor isn't completely flat but it can be if you choose the Estate model and select the optional variable-height boot floor. In that Estate model, there's a 660-litre boot that can be extended to 1,950-litres on demand.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

In our ownership survey, we struggled to find many people who didn't like this Skoda. A few Superbs made between the end of 2018 and mid-2019 may not provide sufficient pulling power at low speeds but this can be solved with a simple dealer software update. There were issues with some electrical functions on some 2015-era examples due to an incorrectly installed cable clamp in the fuse box. And the anti-trap software on some Superbs from this period might not work when the sunroof is closing. The rear wheel bearing housing on some Superbs built in August 2017 could shatter because the metal wasn't hardened correctly during manufacture. If your car is affected, it will need to have new housings fitted at a Skoda dealer. And the driver's airbag on a few Superbs made in early 2018 might not inflate quickly enough in a collision and will require a new unit to be installed to fix the problem. Otherwise, it's just necessary to look out for the usual family hatch issues - kerbed alloys and evidence of damage from unruly children on the interior plastics. Obviously, you'll want a fully stamped-up service history.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2015 Superb 2.0 TDI 150 excl. VAT) A pair of front brake pads are between £27-£60 - depending on brand. Think around £27-£50 for a set of rear pads. A pair of front brake discs start at about £72-£116 - for rear discs, think about £41-£86. Air filters sit in the £12-£20 bracket. Oil filters cost around £8-£12. A fuel filter is around £12-£18. A wiper blade is around £31. A radiator is £110-£150. A thermostat is around £15-£17.

On the Road

On the move, as ever in a Superb, the ride and refinement are exemplary. What changed with this 3rd generation model though is this car's dynamic demeanour. Thanks to the adoption of the Volkswagen Group's lighter, stiffer MQB chassis, the car feels surprisingly agile through bends you'll be able to attack with a little more gusto thanks to reasonably feelsome steering and a standard XDS+ Electronic Differential Lock that reduces understeer and improves stability as you turn. Under the bonnet, most original customers wanted a TDI diesel: possibly the entry-level 1.6-litre 120PS unit but more likely one of the 2.0-litre TDI powerplants. You'll probably end up with a 2.0 TDI 150PS model, since that's what original sold in greatest numbers, this variant capable of making 62mph from rest in 8.8s, yet still returning 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and 108g/km of CO2. If you want this kind of frugality with a bit more pace, then a 190PS version of this engine is also available and both these 2.0-litre TDI variants were offered with the extra-cost option of 4WD. Those Superb buyers in search of petrol power have the choice of a couple of 1.4-litre TSI derivatives at the foot of the range. These develop either 125 or 150PS, with the more powerful unit featuring clever ACT technology for more efficient returns. This 1.4 TSI unit was replaced by a 1.5 TSI powerplant in 2018. At the top of the line-up lie a couple of 2.0-litre TSI derivatives that come only with the DSG auto gearbox that's optional on other models. There's a 220PS 2WD version and a flagship 280PS 4WD model.

Overall

In third generation form, this Skoda Superb did at last shrug off its dowdy image. It's a car that can do more than simply courteously court more mature buyers with a comfortably spacious laid back demeanour. Depending on the variant you choose, it can offer Golf GTI performance, supermini-style economy or leather-lined luxury. It can drive itself in traffic, park itself and connect you to the internet. And, as an ownership proposition, it's full of little practical touches that make life just that little bit easier. This then, was a far more convincing flagship for Skoda's developing impressive model line-up, offering real luxury in an everyday package that proved to be a huge step forward for loyal Superb buyers. We'd highly recommend it as a used buy. If you're buying in this segment, we think it's one you have to try.

  • Rain sensor
  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Aero wiper + intermittent function

  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, CBC, multi-collision brake (MKB) and Auto hold

  • CareConnect and Emergency Call
  • Bluetooth system
  • Voice control system

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • Front assist including automatic braking function
  • Drive mode selection with 4 driving modes - normal, sport, eco and individual

  • Stop/start engine system and energy recovery
  • Remote fuel cap release

  • External temperature gauge
  • Service interval indicator
  • Driver fatigue sensor
  • Speed warning indicator

  • Electrically adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with puddle lights/Integrated indicators and memory function
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • in-car voice enchancement

  • Fuel filler cap
  • Chrome window surround
  • Chrome plated radiator grille
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Body colour bumpers

  • LED brake lights
  • Cornering front fog lights

  • Auxiliary heater

  • Leather upholstery
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • Removable rear parcel shelf
  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Ticket holder
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Umbrella compartments in front doors with umbrellas
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment

  • Interior lights with control switches
  • Removable LED light in boot
  • Illuminated luggage compartment

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning light
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Door open warning
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • 7 airbags - Front, front side, curtain, driver's knee airbag with front passenger deactivation switch

  • Isofix child seat fittings on outer rear seats
  • Height adjustable front and rear head restraints
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • Split folding rear seats

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with SAFE system
  • Alarm with interior monitoring tilt sensor and back up horn

  • XDS+

  • CO2 (g/km): 113
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.057
  • Particles: 0.0003

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.2:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 74.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 48.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.8

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: SE Technology
  • Coin Description: TDI CR
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 251
  • Engine Torque - NM: 340
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.2
  • Top Speed: 136
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 34.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STRATOS
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 2031
  • Height: 1468
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4861
  • Width: 1864
  • Wheelbase: 2841

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1465
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2113
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 625
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 648
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1760
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

  • Heated windscreen: £305
  • Rear wiper: £0
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzles: £55

  • Hill start assist: £105

  • Textile floor mat set: £85

  • Dynamic chassis control with performance mode select for dampers and steering: £760

  • Media Command: £90
  • Wi-Fi with LTE internet: £405

  • Lane change assist and blind spot detection: £495
  • Park assist inc parallel/bay space, front/rear parking sensors: £400
  • Rear view parking camera: £355
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS): Included
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included

  • Electrically operated boot door: £405

  • Smartlink+ including apple carplay, android auto and mirror link connectivity: Included
  • Travel assist with traffic sign recognition: £90
  • Amundsen sat nav system with radio, MP3 player, Aux-in, USB, SD Card, Wifi and 8" touchscreen: Included
  • Multifunction colour trip computer: £90
  • Multi function trip computer: Included
  • Columbus colour 9.2" touch screen satellite 3D Map navi system with DAB, SmartLink+, CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, Aux in, SD Card, DVD drive and Wi-Fi: £885

  • Dark aluminium look inserts: £105

  • Secondary USB port located in the front armrest storage box: £60
  • 8 speakers: Included
  • DAB Digital radio: Included
  • Canton sound system - 610W 10 channel digital amp with 12 speakers, 200W subwoofer, noise cancellation, digital equaliser and 3D surround sound: £610

  • Special solid paint: £595
  • Exclusive paint: £975
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £595
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Electric slide and tilt sunroof: £865

  • LED rear lights - low functionality: Included
  • Smart light assist: £595
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS + integrated headlight washers + LED daytime running lights: £1,305
  • Halogen headlights with daytime running lights: Included
  • Light assist with High beam control: £255
  • Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light): Included

  • Tri zone climate control: £305
  • Dual zone electronic climate control + Nano-E humidity sensor: Included

  • Manual rear and rear side window sunblinds: £255
  • 3 Spoke leather multi function steering wheel: Included
  • Sunblind for rear side windows: £180
  • 3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel: £140
  • Virtual pedal for boot opening: £560
  • Waste bin in door panel: £25
  • Boot net programme: £60

  • LED rear pack - superb: £155
  • Smoker's pack: £35

  • Metallic - Cappuccino beige: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595
  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Magnetic brown: £595
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £595
  • Metallic - Business grey: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Special solid - Candy white: £595

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £445

  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory and lumbar support: Included
  • Front passenger seat isofix location point: £50
  • Heated front and rear seats: £205
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Fold flat front passenger seat: £105
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and auto dimming door mirrors + memory function: £600
  • Front passenger seat control: £80
  • Rear backrest release from boot: £95

  • Keyless entry and start/stop: £405

  • Integrated tow bar: £775
  • Towbar preparation: £180

  • Leather - Black: £0

  • 17" Stratos alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 17" Triton alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: £0
  • 17" Triton alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts and all weather tyres: £155
  • 18" Modus alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £455
  • 18" Pegasus alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £455
  • 18" Zenith alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £455

  • Temporary spare wheel: £150
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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