It’s back! After some tender loving care at Skoda headquarters, and a cameo appearance on these pages from its hatchback sibling, our shiny white Superb Estate has returned. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I certainly missed the huge versatility this estate car offers. Its vast 660-litre boot’s ability to consume even the bulkiest of cargo allows for a ‘fire and forget’ mentality to filling it with life’s flotsam. And if that isn’t enough, the rear seats are easily flipped forward and folded down and that expands the capacity to a mighty 1,950 litres, a class-leading capacity!
It took all of 10 minutes from when it arrived back on the driveway for me to pop the electric tailgate and load a pair of folding bikes into the boot. With life starting to return to some form of normality, a family picnic in the New Forest became the aim of the game. Even with the bikes onboard there was plenty of space for footballs, a cricket bat, large cool box, blankets, and all of the other paraphernalia associated with a four-year-old nephew. Despite this barrage of items that wouldn’t look out of place as prizes on The Generation Game, there was still room to spare.
The UK has been enjoying a good spell of sunny weather, and so the opening glass panoramic roof has been pressed into action with regular occurrence. It’s a great addition to this family car, affording more natural light to the cabin, and also a refreshing breeze when open. However, on this occasion, the public menace that is hay fever erupted the moment we entered the forest. Windows shut and air conditioning on, I deployed one of my favourite Superb features. Air Care helps filter and purify the air within the cabin to great effect. Air is recirculated within the passenger space to keep pollen or other pollutants out, while the interior air is sent through a carbon filter. Not only does this stop unpleasant sneezing within a minute or two, but it also impresses by getting rid of bad smells, such as pungent crisps and even flatulent dogs (or passengers).
When this Sportline Plus car first arrived, I was dubious about its sports suspension. Being a family car first and foremost, comfort trumps resistance to body roll, and so I was fearful of a spine-shuddering ride. The Superb continues to highlight what a great balance engineers struck, disposing of cattlegrids and pock-marked tarmac with little intrusion, and assuring occupants of cabin tranquility.
But the big beauty of the Skoda Superb is that it fulfils its role as a family wagon so well, that you begin to take it for granted – something that has dawned on me as we get closer to saying goodbye.
Date arrived 28th November 2019
Fuel economy 44.1-47.1mpg (WLTP combined) 48.5mpg (on test)
Big booty – a pair of folding bikes fit with room to spare.
Spaghetti Junction – I wish there was a tidier way to hide charging cables.