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Skoda Superb

(2015 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

82
%
A

Safety Rating:

53
%
D

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

86
%
B

Running Costs:

63
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

82
%
A

Safety Rating:

53
%
D

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

86
%
B

Running Costs:

63
%
B

Summary


The Skoda Superb is a large family/executive car, available as either a liftback or an estate. The current car is the third generation, which was launched in 2015 and most recently updated in 2019.

The Superb has received almost unanimous acclaim from the UK motoring media and continues to receive numerous awards every year. As of 2024, the current-generation Superb has won more than 60 awards from the UK motoring media by our count (see ‘Awards’ section below).

The Skoda Superb has received considerable praise for its practicality, design and value for money. Even more impressive is that it has received almost no real criticisms, apart from Jeremy Clarkson bemoaning its lack of soul. As of January 2024, the Superb has a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 68%.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the Skoda Superb ranked a very creditable joint 16th place. Diesel versions, however, didn’t make the top 50. In the 2021 What Car? reliability survey, the Superb was the top-ranked executive car – improving from second place in its class the previous year.

Key specifications


Body style: Large liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £28,675 on-road

Launched: Summer 2015
Last updated: Winter 2019/20
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mirror

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Evo

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Fleetworld

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: June 2015
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 86%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 76%

Note on safety rating

The Skoda Superb was assessed by Euro NCAP back in 2015 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

As Euro NCAP’s standards are continually evolving, you can’t compare a five-star from 2015 to a similar score from 2023. However, if you are comparing a used Skoda Superb to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Skoda Superb has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the Superb is selected for assessment, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of January 2023, the Skoda Superb has a reliability score that’s slightly above average, according to warranty data provided exclusively to us by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This score applies to both the current and older (pre-2015) models.

The average repair bill is more than £700, which is obviously more than the cost of a used car warranty, so that’s worth bearing in mind. By far the most common problems reported on the Superb relate to its electrical system, although these have been relatively inexpensive to fix.

Engine and gearbox repairs are the most expensive problems reported, which is fairly normal. Make sure that any used car warranty you buy covers these areas of concern.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models40 mpgD33 – 47 mpgC – E
Diesel models52 mpgB47 – 59 mpgA – C
Plug-in hybrid models236 mpgA210 – 248 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models160 g/kmC136 – 197 g/kmB – D
Diesel models140 g/kmB125 – 172 g/kmA – C
Plug-in hybrid models27 g/kmA23 – 36 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models37 milesD32 – 44 milesD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models26B14 – 33A – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£213B
Year 2£566B
Year 3£926B
Year 4£1,185B
Year 5£1,569B
Overall£4,459B

Running costs for the Skoda Superb range are a mixed bag, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for petrol models but good for diesel-engined versions. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. There is no way you will ever travel for 236 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid model is lacking a few miles when compared to most rivals, with a 37-mile electric-only range unlikely to cover most of the weekly commutes without consistent re-charging.

Compared to the rest of the large saloon sector, the car’s service and maintenance costs are lower than average. Insurance costs likely to be cheaper than you might expect too, based on data from the UK’s insurance group assessor, Thatcham Research.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: March 2020

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Superb has received

2023

  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Used Estate Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Upper Medium Fleet Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car

2021

  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Estate Car
  • Carwow Awards – Best Large Hybrid Car (Superb iV) + Best Estate Car
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Large Car + Best Large Estate Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Upper Medium Fleet Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car + Best Executive Car for Value

2020

  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Family Car
  • Autocar Awards – Best Family Car
  • Business Car Awards – Best Upper-Medium Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Large Car + Best Large Estate Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Upper Medium Fleet Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car + Best Plug-in Hybrid under £35K + Best Executive Car under £30K
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid Estate Car

2019

  • Carwow Awards – Practicality Award
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Large Car + Best Large Estate Car
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Used Car Top 50 – Used Car of the Year + Best Used Large Car + Best Used Estate car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Honest John Awards – Best Large Car
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Large Family Car
  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Used Executive Car

2018

  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Large Estate + Best Large Hatch
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Used Car Top 50 – Best Used Estate car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Honest John Awards – Best Large Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Tow Car, 1400-1549kg
  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car

2017

  • ACFO Awards – Fleet Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Family Car
  • BusinessCar Awards – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Estate Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Honest John Awards – Best Large Family Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Tow Car, 1400-1549kg
  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car

2016

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Family Car + Best Estate Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Estate Car
  • Contract Hire and Leasing Awards – Best Large Family Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Upper Medium Car
  • Honest John Awards – Most Popular Large Family Car
  • Professional Driver Awards – Private Hire Car of the Year
  • Sunday Times Top 100 – Best Large Estate Car
  • Telegraph Car Awards – Best Family Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Tow Car, 1400-1549kg
  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car

2015

  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Estate Car

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