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Skoda Superb Estate review

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28 Jan 2016 16:32 | Last updated: 6 Nov 2018 12:31

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Skoda Superb estate driving position

The Superb Estate’s wide front seats can comfortably accommodate people of virtually any size. What's more, all versions have a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard.

SE trim adds manual lumbar adjustment, while 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.

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One fly in the ointment is the steering wheel; it adjusts manually for height as well as reach, but some drivers find it obscures the top of the instruments, unless they set it slightly higher than is comfortable. Other than that, the dials are clearly legible and the dashboard is well laid out, with all major buttons within easy reach.

Skoda Superb estate visibility

There’s a clear view forwards, thanks to fairly slim windscreen pillars, while large door mirrors give a good view of what’s coming up alongside, while blindspot monitors are optional. To help in tight spaces, SE models and up get front and rear parking sensors as standard.

The view behind is also good, because you have fairly upright rear pillars and a broad rear windscreen, but the Superb Estate is a long car, so you’ll be grateful for the rear parking sensors that come as standard on SE trim and above.

There are a number of options to make manoeuvring the Superb Estate easier. They include a rear parking camera, park assist and a heated front screen for clear vision on frosty mornings. If you feel like splashing out, all are standard with Laurin & Klement trim.

2018 Skoda Superb estate dashboard

Skoda Superb estate infotainment

All Superb Estates come with basics such 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 trim has a 6.5in touchscreen, which becomes an 8.0in version when you move up to SE. SE 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 annoying that the shortcut buttons are on the left side of the screen, though – it’s a bit of a stretch to reach from the driver’s seat – and there are no dials to control the volume, either. But the icons on the screen are bigger than in the smaller infotainment systems, so they are easier to hit on the move.

However, BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI systems are less distracting to use on the move, thanks to their rotary controller interfaces. Should you be a music connoisseur, a thumping 610W stereo with a subwoofer is available.

Skoda Superb estate build quality

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 pleasant soft-touch materials on the upper dashboard, for example, along with carpeted door bins and rubber-lined cubbies. Harsher-feeling plastics are generally reserved for the lower surfaces only and the various switches are well damped and feature classy fonts.

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There are 7 trims available for the Superb estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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Comes with a solid amount of kit that includes dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a 6.5in touchscreen. Good for private buyers looking to finance the car o...View trim
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SE Technology
Our favourite trim for business buyers and for private, too, were it not for the fact that it can’t be financed on a private buyer PCP finance deal. It’s the same price as an SE but adds alcantara...View trim
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SE L Executive
Looks pricey against cheaper Superbs but is still good value in relation to the competition. Comes with an upgraded 8.0in infotainment screen, heated leather seats, 18in alloys and a power tailgate...View trim
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Sport Line
Based on SE trim, you get a few useful upgrades including keyless entry and start, an 8.0in touchscreen with sat nav, an electric driver’s seat, bi-xenon headlights and headlight washers. However...View trim
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Sport Line Plus
On top of Sportline’s trinkets, you get an electrically operated boot, heated front seats, blind spot detection, a bigger 9.2in touchscreen and progressive dynamic steering. All this pushes the pri...View trim
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Laurin + Klement
This is the height of luxury within the Superb range and so you get virtually every toy thrown in. Over the already generous specification of SE L Executive, you get a premium Canton hi-fi, ventila...View trim
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