There’s a lot more room in the front of the Superb Estate than you'll find in compact executive models such as the BMW 3 Series Touring. In fact, the Superb is actually as big as, if not even bigger than, 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.
There are plenty of storage options around the interior, 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. Thoughtful touches include a sunglasses holder by the rear-view mirror and, on SE trim and above, two umbrellas neatly stowed inside the front doors.
Not much beyond a Mercedes S-Class limousine offers as much rear seat space as a Superb Estate. Two 6ft-tall 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 height.
On models fitted with electric seats, you can specify a control to allow a rear occupant to move the front passenger seat forward for extended back-seat leg room.
The slightly raised middle-seat passenger is not so well off, with marginally reduced headroom and a relatively high central tunnel that forces a splay-legged posture. However, providing they’re not too tall, it’s still a comfortable place to travel for a reasonable distance.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats are split 60/40 and there’s a ski hatch in the middle seat that allows long loads to be accommodated without disturbing the car’s remaining four passengers. From SE trim and up, you can order a fold-flat front seat that enables extra-long loads to be accommodated. However, even without that feature, it's still easy enough to fit a 2.0-metre long package in with the rear seat folded.
This is achieved by simply pulling a lever on the top of each rear backrest. Alternatively, you can specify an optional release mechanism with levers conveniently located by the boot aperture. It's a shame these aren’t standard like they are in some rivals – it seems a strange oversight on a car with such a long boot.
Even with the rear seats in place, there’s enough room in the Superb Estate’s boot for a number of large suitcases. Fold the rear seats down and the Superb Estate could double as an aircraft hanger. That said, there is quite a big lip at the boot entrance and there’s no variable-height boot floor.
Handy touches that are standard on all models include a number of carrying hooks on which to hang shopping bags, 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 and Laurin & Klement trims, and is an option on everything else. 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 with Laurin & Klement trim, but not available on the entry-level S.