Skoda Superb review

Category: Executive car

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

All versions have a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. On SE Technology trim and above (and standard on range-topping Laurin & Klement models) you get the option of electrically adjustable seats (including lumbar support) with a memory function. A large, adjustable centre armrest is standard across all trims, too. 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 it's adjusted to sit higher than feels natural. 

Otherwise, the dials are clear and the dashboard is well laid out, with all the major buttons easy to reach. Skoda’s Virtual Cockpit is standard on Laurin & Klement trim and optional on all other models and gives you a 10.3in digital display in place of conventional analogue instruments. It’s customisable and among its tricks is the option to display full-screen sat-nav maps and media info – it's fairly pricey but worth considering.

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. SE and SE Technology trims come with LED dipped-beam headlights while SE L trim and upwards have excellent Matrix LED headlights, that enables the main beam to be permanently selected without dazzling other road users. 

The view behind is less clear; low-lying objects are often obscured by the Superb’s high rear window line, while the thick rear pillars restrict the view over your shoulders. In mitigation, all Superbs come with front and rear parking sensors as standard. And for particularly nervous parkers, you can also add a rear-view camera or a Park Assist feature (both are standard on Laurin & Klement trim) that recognises suitable spaces and steers the car into them. You can also have a heated front screen, for clear vision on frosty mornings.

Skoda Superb 2021 RHD dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

Entry-level SE trim gets an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a basic level of functionality – you get Bluetooth and DAB radio and that’s pretty much your lot. You can, however, upgrade to a system with in-built satellite navigation and integrated wi-fi (this system comes as standard on both SE Technology and SE L trims), while Sportline Plus and Laurin & Klement models benefit from an even larger 9.2in touchscreen that can display 3D maps through the in-built sat-nav as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. The latter system is also available as an option from SE Technology trim and up.

Both versions have sharp screens, easy-to-follow menus and software that's responsive to your commands. The buttons around the screen make flitting between menus quicker but it’s annoying that they're touch-sensitive buttons – they’re not as as easy to find while driving as physical buttons. Still, some of the features can be controlled via the simple steering wheel controls.  

Overall, the Superb's infotainment systems are much better to use than those in the Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia, and are very similar to the Volkswagen Passat's. The best system in the class is BMW’s iDrive, though, which has a rotary controller that's less distracting than a touchscreen on the go. Music lovers, meanwhile, may appreciate the upgraded 12-speaker, 610W Canton sound system that’s standard on Laurin & Klement trim and optional on all other models.

Quality

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 generally tip-top and appear well put together. Attention to detail impresses, too: there are pleasant soft-touch materials on the upper interior surfaces, as well as 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 swish. It might not be as plush inside as a BMW 3 Series or as beautifully executed as an Audi A4, but the Superb feels barely any worse than a Volkswagen Passat and much more premium than other mainstream rivals, the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia included.

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