On standard suspension and small wheels, the Superb Estate is very comfortable, even when compared with the smooth-riding Ford Mondeo Estate. Around town, it deals admirably with patchy surfaces and large speed bumps, and it settles well on a motorway cruise. The only problem is some unwanted body float over undulating roads.
Adaptive suspension is standard on the top-of-the-range Laurin & Klement trim, and optional on everything else apart from the entry-level S version. It enables you to choose between various modes, ranging from Comfort to Sport. In the softest Comfort setting, the Superb Estate wafts along, soaking up all but the sharpest of bumps but, as with the standard set-up, the trade-off is a fair amount of vertical movement over crests. Selecting Sport tightens everything up, but you feel more general surface imperfections. We’d therefore say it’s not worth adding the adaptive dampers.
Whichever suspension set-up you choose, it’s best to avoid the 19in wheels. These make the ride more fidgety and prone to thumping over large intrusions. This is especially pronounced on the four-wheel-drive versions.