When road testing and evaluating a new car, it’s very easy to get carried away with talking about things like the way the car handles, engine performance, fuel economy, boot capacity or suspension setups. While all of these things are no doubt very important, it is the smaller items that make living with a particular car a pain in the backside, or an absolute joy. ‘The devil is in the detail’ as they say, and our Skoda Superb Estate is filled to the brim with clever touches designed to make daily life easier.
Over the years, Skoda has become famous for its ‘simply clever’ features that consist of a series of helpful items that often leave you wondering why nobody else has thought of them before. A great example are the umbrellas stored within the doors. Just as you’re cursing a torrential rainstorm on the very day you forgot to bring a coat, out comes a rather premium feeling umbrella in a similar fashion to that found on a Rolls-Royce Phantom. A firm prod of a button on the handle sees this compact saviour spring into action, preventing you from appearing to look like a soggy cat.
And how many times have you rummaged through the car looking for something in the dark? Well, no more thanks to the Superb’s boot light that can detach and function as a torch. You needn’t worry about changing the batteries either, as it recharges once clicked back into place. It’s a similar story with the ice scraper found within the fuel door. This tiny convenience could save a credit card or two on frosty mornings, when trying to clear the ice from the windscreen, not to mention countless expletives.
The Skoda Superb Estate’s cavernous boot is undoubtedly the headline act and one of its biggest assets, but all of this space can be a problem when carrying small or delicate items. Thankfully, Skoda’s top boffins have a couple of solutions to keep your doughnuts in place, or eggs in one piece. Four chunky curry hooks are capable of tethering multiple shopping bags on each, saving supermarket miscellanea from littering the boot floor. But what if your precious cargo isn’t in a bag, then moveable Velcro dividers can be deployed to hold items in place and prevent the precious cargo from sliding around. Genius!
The best thing about all of these thoughtful gadgets and gizmos is that you soon take them for granted. They are so well integrated into how people interact with the car that you only ever miss them when driving something else. Skoda’s engineers clearly understand that customers value convenience over more frivolous toys, such as electric seats with 62 memory settings.
Date arrived 28th November 2019
Fuel economy44.1-47.1mpg (WLTP combined) 51.3mpg (on test)
Doing doughnuts in the Superb. Velcro boot dividers prevent runaway bakery items.
You can’t display the map view on the digital instruments while using Apple CarPlay.