As much as we don’t like to admit it, looks play a big part when it comes to buying a car. There’s many a story about excellent vehicles that fell short because people didn’t fancy them on their driveway – Fiat Multipla we are looking at you. As a result, everything has to be stylised, something that our Skoda Superb benefits from greatly.
Keeping in mind that this car is a sensible, safe, practical and efficient mode of transport – words not typically associated with a fashion show runway – it wears a sharp suit. Over the months I’ve really come to value how upmarket the Superb looks, especially when arriving for important meetings. The car parks are full of BMWs and Audis, but in the right specification and the correct amount of badge blindness, this Skoda looks every bit as good as the Germans.
The combination of crisp creases, good proportions and some of the detailing this specific SportLine Plus model affords its owner, culminates in a polished package. Being an estate, it possesses an extra layer of maturity, and while it does outwardly say ‘family man’, I actually think it’s more handsome than the hatchback. The Skoda Superb Estate knows the power of understatement while many rivals push on with ever more intricate and often aggressive design languages. This clean shape is complemented by distinctive dynamic lighting signatures that serve as an illuminated cherry on top.
It’s no secret that Volkswagen Group cars share engines and platforms to benefit from economies of scale, but I can’t help but feel sorry for Volkswagen Passat owners. It shares more than a passing resemblance to the Superb Estate in the details, particularly the rear, yet can cost considerably more. Both cars are great long-distance haulers, but the Superb has the edge as an overall package in my eyes. Some people will be willing to pay more for a premium logo on their car, however, those wearing their sensible trousers will be feeling rather smug parking the Skoda next to its group stablemate.
I can’t wax lyrical about our Superb for the entirety of this update, though. Some technical gremlins have arisen, with its Apple CarPlay functionality proving troublesome. Typically, I plug my phone in and CarPlay begins running on the large 9.2-inch touchscreen display without issue, but on a few occasions this month it hasn’t recognised my iPhone as a CarPlay device. This is a bit strange as it’s not all the time, but frustrating nonetheless. There is the possibility that this could be a software problem at Apple’s end, something that might be rectified in an update.
Other than that relatively minor inconvenience, the Superb has continued to persuade me that it might just be the best estate car on the market, all things considered.
Date arrived 28th November 2019
Fuel economy 44.1-47.1mpg (WLTP combined) 46.8mpg (on test)
SportLine Plus cars ditch chrome in favour of black detailing. Very smart.
Fake exhaust exits impress nobody.