Driving position and dashboard
The Superb Estate’s wide front seats can comfortably accommodate occupants of all sizes, and every model has a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. SE trim adds manual lumbar adjustment, SE Technology models and above come with full-electric seat adjustment and a memory function. A large adjustable centre armrest is standard across all trims.
The steering wheel drops a tiny fly in the ointment: it adjusts manually for height as well as reach, but you may find it obscures the top of the instruments unless you set it slightly higher than is comfortable. Other than that, the dials are clearly legible and the dashboard is well laid out, all major buttons being within easy reach.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Slim windscreen pillars do little to obstruct forwards vision, while large door mirrors give a good view of what’s coming up alongside. Blindspot monitoring is optional. Upright rear pillars and a broad rear windscreen mean the view behind is also good, but the Superb Estate is a long car, so you’ll be grateful for the front and rear parking sensors that come as standard on SE trim and above.
There are a number of options to make manoeuvring the Superb Estate even easier. They include a rear parking camera, park assist and a heated front screen for clear vision on frosty mornings. All of these are standard with Laurin & Klement trim.
Sat nav and infotainment
Every Superb Estates comes with such essentials as Bluetooth, a USB socket and a multi-function steering wheel as standard. You also get an SD card reader and a DAB radio. Entry-level S models have a 6.5in touchscreen, which grows to an 8.0in version when you move up to SE. The latter also includes SmartLink – a feature that allows you to operate your smartphone’s apps from the car’s screen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while SE Technology adds sat-nav.
On SE L Executive models, you get an even bigger 9.2in touchscreen with sat-nav and wi-fi capability, as well as a DVD player. It’s easy to use, but annoying that the shortcut buttons are on the left side of the screen – it’s a bit of a stretch to reach from the driver’s seat – and there are no dials to control the volume, either. Still, the icons on the screen are bigger than in the smaller infotainment systems and are easier to accurately select on the move. We find BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI systems more instinctive to use while driving, though, thanks to their rotary controller interfaces.
Should you want your music to be delivered with a little more authority, a thumping 610W stereo with a subwoofer is available.
It’s difficult to fault the Superb Estate for quality, especially at the price. For starters, the exterior panel gaps are tight and the doors close with a reassuring thud, while inside, the materials are of good quality and appear well put together.
There are tactile soft-touch materials on the upper dashboard, for example, and you'll find carpeted door bins and rubber-lined cubbies. Lower-grade plastics are generally reserved for the less prominent surfaces and the various switches are well damped and are labelled with classy fonts.