The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
All versions have a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. SE trim adds a manual lumbar adjuster, while our favourite SE Technology, along with Sportline Plus and above trims, come with electric seat adjustment and a memory function. A large, adjustable centre armrest is standard across all models. One fly in the ointment is the steering wheel: it adjusts manually for height as well as reach, but some drivers find that it obscures the top of the instruments unless the wheel is set unnaturally high. If you don't like the sound of that, you'll find the Volvo V60 has one of the best estate-car driving positions.
Otherwise, the dials are clear and the dashboard is well laid out, with all the major buttons easy to reach. Skoda’s virtual cockpit is optional on SE L trim and above (and standard on top-level Laurin & Klement models) and gives you a 10.3in digital display in place of conventional analogue instruments. It’s customisable and among its tricks is the option to display full-screen sat-nav maps and media info – it's fairly pricey but worth considering.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
There’s a clear view forward, thanks to fairly slim windscreen pillars, while large mirrors give a good view of what’s coming up alongside. S and SE trims come with LED dipped-beam headlights, while SE L trim and upwards have excellent Matrix LED headlights, which allow main beam to be permanently selected without dazzling other road users.
Upright rear pillars and a broad rear windscreen mean the view behind is also good, but the Superb Estate is a long car, so it's great that all versions from SE upwards come with front and rear parking sensors as standard.
On SE models and above, you can add a number of options to make manoeuvring the Superb Estate even easier. These include a rear-view camera (standard on Laurin & Klement) and Park Assist, which recognises suitable spaces and steers the car into them. You can also have a heated front screen, for clear vision on frosty mornings.
Sat nav and infotainment
Even the entry-level S trim gets an 8.0in touchscreen and SmartLink+. That's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which let you use certain smartphone apps, such as Google Maps and Waze navigation, directly from the car's screen. In-built sat-nav is standard from our favourite SE Technology trim, while Bluetooth and DAB radio feature across the range, along with two USB ports and an SD card reader for music files. On Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement models, you get an even bigger 9.2in touchscreen, a DVD player and Wi-Fi capability.
Both versions have sharp screens, easy-to-follow menus and software that's healthily responsive to your commands. The buttons around the screen make flitting between menus quicker but it’s annoying that they're touch-sensitive buttons – these aren't as easy to find while driving as physical buttons. Still, some of the features can be controlled via the simple steering wheel controls.
Overall the Superb's infotainment systems are much better to use than the Mondeo's, and very similar to the Passat's. The best system in the class is BMW’s iDrive, though, which has a rotary controller that's less distracting than a touchscreen on the go. Music lovers, meanwhile, may appreciate the upgraded 12-speaker, 610W Canton sound system that’s standard on Laurin & Klement trim and optional on all other models (apart from S trim).
It’s difficult to fault the Superb Estate for quality, particularly for the price. Its exterior panel gaps are tight and its doors close with a reassuring thud. Inside, the materials are generally tip-top and appear well put together. Attention to detail impresses, too: there are pleasant soft-touch materials on the upper interior surfaces, carpeted door bins and rubber-lined cubbies. Any harsher materials are generally restricted to the lower surfaces.
The Superb's switches are well damped and the classy fonts on the dials look swish. It might not be as plush inside as the BMW 3 Series Touring or Volvo V60, or as beautifully executed as an Audi A4 Avant, but the Superb's interior surfaces feel barely any worse than those of a Volkswagen Passat Estate and much more premium than the Ford Mondeo Estate.
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