Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s a lot more room in the front of the Superb Estate than you'll find in many premium estate cars, including the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 Avant, and it's more on a par with the Volkswagen Passat Estate. That means head and leg room won't be an issue for anyone but the tallest, while the interior is wider than average, with plenty of shoulder and elbow room.
There are lots of storage options, including a large, air-conditioned glovebox, cupholders in the centre console and a hinged cubby underneath the steering wheel. The door bins are also large and shaped to hold a 500ml bottle of water. Thoughtful touches include a glasses holder by the rear-view mirror and, on SE trim and above, space for an umbrella to be neatly stowed inside each front door (one umbrella is provided as standard).
Not much this side of a Mercedes S-Class will offer you as much rear leg or head room as the Superb Estate. If your regular passengers are over six feet tall and you want them to have the space to relax, this car is right up there with massive but much pricier alternatives, such as the Volvo V90. Getting in and out is easy, too, thanks to wide-opening doors and low sills.
The middle passenger isn't quite so well off. The slightly raised middle perch provides less head room than the two outer seats, and there’s a bulky central tunnel to straddle. However, for those of moderate height, it’s still a comfortable place to sit for a reasonable distance.
The fold-down centre armrest includes two cupholders. There are two map pockets on the backs of the front seats and, at the rear of the centre console, a hinged cubby with a 12V socket. Meanwhile, each door has a pocket that’ll hold a 500ml bottle of water.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats are split 60/40, but there's also a ski hatch if you need to accommodate people and something long and thin, like a...set of skis, perhaps. On S, SE and SE L trims, you can order a fold-flat front seat, too, enabling the car to accommodate extra-long loads from the tailgate right up to the dashboard.
The rear seatbacks can be lowered by pulling a lever on the top of each backrest or, for an extra cost, using release levers that are more conveniently located by the boot opening.
'Massive' is the best way to describe it. At 660 litres with the rear seats in place, there’s enough room in the Superb Estate's boot for a number of large suitcases or really bulky items, like a washing machine. Other than a Volkswagen Passat Estate, there's very little else that offers the same long, wide, and square volume that's on offer here. The plug-in hybrid has a reduced boot size (blame the batteries that live underneath the floor), but it's still 510 litres, which is much bigger than the heavily compromised boot of a Ford Mondeo Estate plug-in.
Powered tailgate opening is standard on SE L and Sportline Plus – this features hands-free opening on Laurin & Klement trim. You have to option a variable-height boot floor, though, but it's not expensive and well worth adding because it evens out the step in the load bay when the rear seats are folded down.
Helpful touches that are standard on all Superb Estates include a number of carrying hooks to hang shopping bags on, a large cubby either side of the main boot area, a 12V charging socket and a rechargeable torch. You also get two plastic dividers with Velcro feet, which can be attached anywhere on the boot floor to help secure loose items. A boot net that allows you to tie down loose items is standard on Laurin & Klement trims, and an option on all others.