Nothing says motorway hauling like a big diesel wagon, but while the M3 might be our Skoda Superb Estate’s natural habitat, family chores mean that it also has to tick the boxes in suburbia. Stop-start traffic, tight parking spaces, and ferrying children from pillar to post were regular hurdles this month.
Something that the Superb excels at is providing an abundance of space for passengers and cargo alike. It is positively cavernous inside, with our long-term Skoda adding to the cabin’s airy feel via an almost full-length glass panoramic roof. Taking a seat in the rear delivers a limo-like capacity to stretch out – even with a tall occupant sat in front. This vast void between the front and rear seats comes in very handy when transporting toddlers with the irritating habit of resting mucky shoes on seat backs.
Sticking with the smaller members of the family for a moment, fitting child seats is a doddle thanks to a large door aperture and Isofix points that keenly present themselves. The only thing to keep in mind is the large size of these rear doors when in narrow parking bays. Fitting the car into such spaces has proven easy with the aid of parking sensors, and good all-around visibility hasn’t left me wanting for a reversing camera either.
Dawdling along in the usual gauze of south coast traffic has proven a tranquil experience overall. A compliant ride absorbs the worst of road imperfections, and the 2.0-litre’s gargling chorus tends to die away once the engine is up to temperature. Less impressive has been the car’s start-stop system that is far too eager to kick in. It has frequently killed the engine at the very moment I’ve wanted to make a quick getaway. This engine’s turbo lag at low revs per minute compounds this semi-frequent hesitation at junctions. Obviously a big diesel engine isn’t the optimum choice for city driving, but I feel some rival power units manage the transition from motorway trawls to mundane trips better.
Something I really like is the Skoda’s companion app that’s full of useful information. How many times have you walked away from your car and questioned if all the windows are shut, or if the lights are off? This ergonomic smartphone tool provides information on everything from the car’s current status to how much fuel is in the tank. You can even pre-emptively send a destination to the navigation ready for tomorrow’s journey.
Date arrived 28th November 2019
Fuel economy44.1-47.1mpg (WLTP combined) 26.5mpg (on test)
Four chunky curry hooks are perfect for carrying shopping bags.
Large touchscreen and glossy finishes are an inevitable magnet for fingerprints and dust.