After fighting its way through the urban sprawl last month, our long-term Superb Estate has returned to fulfilling its true design brief of trawling the motorways and carrying a boot full of miscellanea. Like an animal being released back into its natural habitat, this Skoda has really relished the past few weeks.
A family trip to Birmingham kicked things off, with three adults and a three-year-old heading from the south coast to the land of Peaky Blinders. Tank brimmed, child seat successfully installed, Apple CarPlay handling our Spotify needs, and snacks filling the multitude of cubby spaces, we hit the road.
It never takes long for the Superb to settle into a soothing rhythm on the motorway. Its occasionally vocal diesel engine melts away to a distant, while the intelligent automatic cruise control monitors the traffic situation ahead. With the dual-zone climate control and heated front seats warming the cabin following our frosty start to the morning, everyone sank a little deeper into their Alcantara-lined seats. Those in the back took full advantage of the lounge-like space on offer, even the adult who proclaimed ‘I can never sleep in cars’ soon dozed off.
The entire return trip saw some 340 miles covered and over six hours of driving in the same day. Even though it was a long time behind the wheel, at no point did I ever feel uncomfortable or irritated by my environment. Acres of space, quality design, and a well-insulated cabin perfectly highlights why the Superb has won so many awards from across the industry.
Family life is the defining objective of any estate car, and for many that means accounting for man’s best friend. At first, I was going to conduct my typical test of how well the Skoda’s boot accommodates a dog, but with 660-litres of space on offer, the answer is all too obvious. Meet Zac, Ollie and Jess, our canine consumer advisors who perfectly demonstrate that there’s plenty of room for – not just one – but three dogs, with space to spare. Being an estate car and not a high-riding SUV, it also means easier access for less athletic dogs – something sympathetic pet owners might want to keep in mind before rushing to join the SUV craze.
If ever there was a series of tasks to highlight the Skoda Superb Estate’s merits, it was these. As a vehicle to cover long distances in one hit and consume just about any kind of luggage or cargo you can send in its direction, this car is an absolute mainstream marvel.
Date arrived 28th November 2019
Fuel economy44.1-47.1mpg (WLTP combined) 55.4mpg (on test)
Strong motorway performance from its 2.0-litre diesel engine.
A large boot opening is great for loading and unloading its vast boot, a sizeable boot lip less so.