David Motton

See other tow car reviews written by David Motton

Practical Caravan's experts review the Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 140 PD SE – how does it perform in the magazine's tough, independent tow car test?

Overview

We are big fans of the Skoda Superb at Practical Caravan. However, we think models with the latest generation common-rail diesels are worth choosing over this one with its old-tech engine. The 2.0-litre PD unit is just too noisy when worked hard.

Towing

The Superb tows well. Through the lane-change test it remained in charge of the caravan, and the strong brakes did a good job of slowing the outfit in an emergency stop. The handbrake needed a firm pull before it would the outfit still, however, and some rivals we’ve tested have posted quicker 30-60mph acceleration times.

Everyday driving

Despite the engine being loud under load, overall we think the Superb is a refined car, with minimal wind and road noise. It’s quiet and comfortable on long journeys, with a good driving position and plenty of room.

Space

Space is one of the Skoda’s biggest selling points. The cabin is simply huge, especially in the rear seats. You could pay three times the price for a luxury saloon and get no more room.

Running costs

With a price tag of under £20,000, the Superb is good value, especially since that figure drops further if you haggle.

Technical specs

Kerbweight1565 kg
85% KW1330 kg
Towball limit85 kg
Maximum towing limit1800 kg
Power140.0 bhp
Torque236.0 lb ft
Official MPG47.9 mpg
CO2155 g/km

Verdict

This may not be our favourite Skoda Superb, but it is still a fine family tow car.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Wind and road noise are low
  • Good value for money
  • Cabin space is impressive

Cons

  • The diesel engine is too noisy
Share with friends