Driving position and dashboard
All versions have a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. SE trim adds a manual lumbar-support adjuster, while Sportline Plus and above come 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 that it obscures the top 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’s virtual cockpit is optional on SE L trim and above (and standard on top-level Laurin & Klement models) and gives you a 10.3in digital display in place of conventional analogue instruments. It’s customisable to display information such as sat-nav maps and media information.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
There’s a clear view forward, 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 clear, with low-lying objects often obscured by the Superb’s high rear window line. The thick rear pillars restrict the view over your shoulder, too. In mitigation, all versions from SE upwards come with front and rear parking sensors as standard. Blindspot monitoring is standard from SE L and up.
On SE models and above, you can add a number of options to make manoeuvring the Superb easier. These include a rear-view camera (standard on Laurin & Klement) and Park Assist, a system that recognises suitable spaces and can steer the car into them. You can also have a heated front screen for clear vision on frosty mornings (again, standard on Laurin & Klement).
Sat nav and infotainment
Even the entry-level S trim gets an 8.0in touchscreen, with sat-nav coming on SE L and above, while all get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring included. Bluetooth and DAB radio also feature across the range, as do two USB ports and an SD card reader for music files.
On Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement models, you get an even bigger 9.2in touchscreen with sat-nav and wi-fi capability, as well as a DVD player. It’s annoying that the shortcut buttons are on the left side of the screen, though, so they’re a bit of a stretch to reach from the driver’s seat, but there’s handy a volume scrollwheel on the steering wheel. On this system, the icons on the screen are bigger than on the 8.0in screens, and are easier to accurately stab on the move. However, BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI systems are less distracting to use when you’re in motion, thanks to their rotary controller interfaces.
Music lovers, meanwhile, may appreciate the upgraded 12-speaker, 610W sound system that’s standard on Laurin & Klement trim and optional on all other models apart from S.
It’s difficult to fault the Superb for quality, particularly at the price. Its exterior panel gaps are tight and its doors close with a reassuring thud.
Inside, the materials are of tip-top quality and things appear well put together. Attention to detail impresses, too; there are pleasant soft-touch materials on the upper interior surfaces, carpeted door bins and rubber-lined cubbies. Any harsher materials are generally restricted to the lower surfaces.
The Superb's switches are well damped and the classy fonts on the dials look smart. It might not be as plush inside as a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4, but the Superb has much more of a premium feel than its mainstream rivals, the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia.