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Skoda Superb Estate review

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Skoda Superb Estate
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28 Jan 2016 16:32 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:53

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Space & practicality

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Skoda Superb estate front space

There’s a lot more room in the front of the Superb Estate than in compact executive cars such as the BMW 3 Series – for size, the Superb is actually as big as, if not even bigger than, those cars from the class above, such as the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes E-Class Estate. Even for those well over six feet tall space won't be an issue.

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There are plenty of storage options around the interior, too, including a large air-conditioned glovebox, cupholders in the centre console and a hinged cubby behind the steering wheel. The doorbins are also large and shaped to hold a 500ml bottle of water. Nice touches include a glasses holder by the rear-view mirror and, on SE trim and above, two umbrellas neatly stowed inside the front doors.

Skoda Superb estate rear space

Not much beyond a Mercedes S-Class limousine offers as much rear-seat space as a Superb Estate. Two six-foot adults will be able to stretch their legs and make themselves comfortable, and getting in and out is easy because of the wide opening doors and low sill heights.

On models fitted with electric seats, optional controls can be specified that allow the rear passenger to move the front passenger seat forward and extend their leg room.

The middle-seat passenger is not so well off, since they have to place their feet either side of the relatively high central tunnel and have a bit less head room. However, providing they’re not too tall, it’s still a comfortable place to travel for a reasonable distance.

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Skoda Superb estate seating flexibility

The rear seats are split 60/40 and there’s a ski hatch in the centre seat that allows long loads to be accommodated without disturbing the car’s remaining four passengers. On SE trim, you can order a fold-flat front seat, enabling the car to accommodate extra-long loads, although you’ll get a 2.0-metre long item in fairly easily without resorting to adjusting the front passenger seat.

The rear seats are lowered by simply pulling a lever on the top of each backrest. Alternatively, you can specify an optional release mechanism with levers conveniently located by the bootlid aperture, although it’s a shame these aren’t standard as they are in some rivals, because they are a useful touch in a car with such a long boot.

Skoda Superb estate boot space

Even with the rear seats in place, there’s enough room in the Superb Estate’s boot for a number of large suitcases and the space on offer is truly exceptional. Because it’s a hatchback with a wide opening tailgate, it’s easy to load big items; you don’t have the narrower boot apertures associated with saloon cars such as the Volkswagen Passat to contend with. That said, there is quite a big lip at the boot entrance and there’s no variable-height boot floor.

Nice touches that are standard on all models 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 that can be attached anywhere on the boot floor to help wedge a loose item into a corner. A boot net that allows you to tie down loose items is standard on SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement trims, and an option on all others.

An electrically operated bootlid is standard on SE L Executive, Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement trims, while it’s an option on SE and Sportline. With it fitted, you can also specify the Virtual Pedal, which allows you to open the boot by waving your foot under the rear bumper – this is standard on Laurin & Klement.

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There are 7 trims available for the Superb estate. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Although it still comes reasonably well equipped with Bluetooth and a DAB radio, we’d only recommend you go for this if you’re on a really tight budget....View trim
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SE
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 Plus
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Laurin + Klement
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