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Skoda Superb review

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21 Dec 2015 16:05 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 16:52

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Skoda Superb hatchback driving position

All versions have a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. SE trim adds a manual lumbar adjuster, while SE L Executive 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 Superb hatchback visibility

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 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, 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, blindspot monitoring and a heated front screen for clear vision on frosty mornings.

Skoda Superb interior

Skoda Superb hatchback infotainment

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. Entry-level S trim has a 6.5in touchscreen, which becomes an 8.0in version when you move up to SE. SE also includes SmartLink – a feature that allows you to operate your smartphone’s apps from the car’s screen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

On SE L Executive 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 it’s a bit of a stretch to reach from the driver’s seat, and there are no dials to control the volume, either. But the icons on the screen are bigger than in the smaller infotainment systems, so they are easier to hit on the move.

However, BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI systems 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 hatchback build quality

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 interior surfaces, along with carpeted door bins and rubber-lined cubbies. Any harsher-grade plastics are generally reserved for 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 a much more premium feel than traditional rivals, such as the Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia.

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There are 7 trims available for the Superb hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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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 tight budget...View trim
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SE
Comes with a surprising amount of kit, including dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a 8.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlaya and Android Auto. Thi...View trim
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SE Technology
Our favourite trim for company car drivers – it's just a shame this isn't available with particularly attractive finance deals. SE Technology trim is based on SE but adds sat-nav and electric memor...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 a 9.2in infotainment screen, heated leather seats, 18in alloy wheels and a powered tailgate...View trim
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Sport Line
This is based on SE trim but is for those who like a sporty look, so it comes with bigger 19in alloy wheels, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, gloss black styling details, a rear diffuser, twin rear...View trim
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Sport Line Plus
On top of what’s on offer in Sportline, Sportline Plus adds heated front seats, progressive dynamic steering, the bigger 9.2in touchscreen, blindspot monitoring and an electrically powered tailgate...View trim
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Laurin + Klement
This range-topping trim comes fully equipped with luxuries such as a TV tuner, adaptive suspension and rear climate control...View trim
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