All versions have a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. SE trim adds a manual lumbar adjuster, while SE Business trim and above comes with electric seat adjustment and a memory function. A large adjustable centre armrest is standard across all trims.
One fly in the ointment is the steering wheel. It adjusts manually for height as well as reach, but some drivers may find it obscures the tops of the instruments unless the wheel is set unnaturally high.
Other than that, the dials are clearly legible and the dashboard is well laid out, with all major buttons within easy reach.
Skoda Superb visibility
Wide rear pillars hinder your view behind
There’s a clear view forwards thanks to fairly slim windscreen pillars, while large mirrors give a good view of what’s coming up alongside you.
The view behind is less open because the car’s high rear window line obscures low-lying objects, while the thick rear pillars restrict the view over your shoulder. In mitigation of this, all versions from SE upwards come with rear parking sensors as standard.
In fact, there are a number of other options to make manoeuvring the Superb easier. These include front parking sensors, a reversing camera, a parking pilot that spots a suitable space and steers the car into it, blind-spot monitoring and a heated front screen for clear vision on frosty mornings.
Skoda Superb infotainment
Generally easy to use and well equipped
All Superbs 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. The entry-level S trim has a 5in touchscreen, which becomes a 8.0in screen when you move up to SE trim. The SE upgrade also includes Smartlink - a feature that allows you to operate your smartphone’s apps from the car’s screen. On SE Technology-spec models, you get sat-nav as well. Once you move to the upper SE L Executive trim, this includes an upgraded infotainment, still with the same 8.0in screen but now complete with integrated wi-fi and two SD card readers.
It’s easy to perform operations such as pairing a phone and programming the sat-nav, but the bigger screen has larger icons that are easier to hit at a glance. However, BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI system are less distracting to use on the move thanks to their rotary controller interfaces.
Several options are available, including a mobile phone signal booster with wireless charging, TV tuner and an upgraded 12-speaker, 610W sound system.
Skoda Superb build quality
Sturdy and classy cabin
It’s difficult to fault the Superb for quality, especially at the price. The exterior panel gaps are tight and the doors close with a reassuring thud.
Inside, the materials are of tiptop quality and appear well put together. For example, there are pleasant soft-touch materials on the upper cabin surfaces, along with carpeted door bins and rubber-lined cubbies. Any harsher-grade plastics are generally reserved for the lower surfaces. The switchgear is also well damped and the classy fonts on the dials look smart. It might not be as plush inside as a 3 Series or A4, but the Superb has a much more premium feel than traditional stable mates, such as the Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia.