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What to replace my Skoda Superb with?

Hi all,

I drive a 2016 Skoda Superb 2.0 diesel 150hp DSG hatch and would like to change as the mileage is now approaching 250,000km. I drive about 50,000km per annum of which two thirds is motorway. I have a fuel card so mpg is not a concern, more depreciation and service costs.

I am considering the following:

1. One-year-old Superb (similar spec) approx €45k

2. A new-model Superb (available July) approx €53k

3. An imported two-year-old 5 Series Touring (530e or 520d) approx €46k

Which would you recommend?

Many thanks

Michael (Clare)

Michael Sweeney (Tulla)

Apr 2024 Filed under: choosing new car

Expert answer

Hi Michael,

I'd certainly suggest sticking with diesel given your driving profile so that easily rules out the 530e. Then things are not so clear cut.

There's a huge difference in price between the two used cars you're considering and the new Superb, which makes me wonder what you'd get in the used market for that same €53k (assuming you're buying outright, not on finance of course).

The used cars will have depreciated a little already of course, while the new one will depreciate more, relatively speaking, in its time owned by you. That's the sensible way of thinking, but there's nothing quite like a new car, either so only you can choose that.

Both the Superb and the 520d Touring are great cars, both similarly economical and comfortable, though the Skoda has the edge in terms of rear-seat space. The BMW is a little better to drive by way of compensation.

There's no right or wrong answer, in effect. I highly recommend you go and test drive as many representative cars as you can before you make the decision. 

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor

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