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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Estate Car of the Year
While estates lack the fashionable status of SUVs, they’re more practical. But an estate also needs to be a pleasure to spend time in, and easy to live with beyond the simple virtue of space...
Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE L
When people are asked to nominate the definitive rock band, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd and dozens of other names tend to come up, all with a valid claim to the title. Each band has its loyal followers, for whom it can do no wrong.
The same is true of the Skoda Superb Estate, but its right to be billed as the definitive estate car is surely beyond debate. When it comes to carrying capacity, the Superb turns it up to 11... carry-on suitcases, that is. In other words, enough luggage for all the band members on tour, or space for a massive guitar amp.
Our favourite SE L trim level gives you a convenient electric tailgate too, and if you add the optional folding front seat, you’ve got the entire distance from the tailgate to the dashboard to play with. Even a John Bonham drum solo isn’t as long as that.
In fact, if you want an estate with a bigger boot, you have to pay a lot more money. Only the Mercedes E-Class Estate comes close, and that can’t match the Superb for passenger space. There’s plenty of room for even the biggest rock-star egos, with limo-like levels of leg room for those in the back, and enough head room for Jimmy Page’s hair. Your burly minder will have plenty of space up front, too, and there’s plenty of storage space for, er, refreshments to enjoy en route.
The Superb doesn’t wear a premium badge on its nose, but it isn’t exactly shown up by Audi or Mercedes when it comes to interior quality. There’s precious little evidence of cost-cutting, with soft-touch plastics and elegant chrome elements in all the most prominent places, plus it’s all assembled well enough to withstand the rigours of family life – or of a band on the run.
Our favourite model’s 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel has more than enough muscle to get the job done, allied to economy that’ll please even the most tight-fisted rock ’n’ roll managers. We managed 54.8mpg in our True MPG tests.
And that’s where the Superb plays its killer hook: affordability. Choosing one over the Audi A4 Avant, which is less practical, will save you plenty. Even the non-premium Volkswagen Passat Estate looks pricey by comparison. Indeed, at this price, the Ford Mondeo Estate looks like a tribute act. The Superb Estate is the real deal.