If space truly is the final frontier, Captain James T. Kirk would very much approve of DieselCar’s latest addition to its Long-term test fleet. Meet our new Skoda Superb Estate, a family wagon that boasts more interior space than some of the most lavish German luxury vehicles.
Finished in Moon White metallic and donning SportLine Plus trim, this Superb Estate highlights how this model has matured into a more premium offering over the years. Clean creases stretch over the functional bodyshell, detailed lighting signatures add some visual sophistication, and our car’s 19-inch Vega alloy wheels wouldn’t look out of place on an Audi. SportLine cars come endowed with more athletic front and rear bumpers, not to mention the obligatory badging. The Superb line-up has also benefited from a recent facelift, something that replaced the typical Skoda badging on the boot lid for a more upmarket chromed typeface spelling out the Skoda brand name.
This upmarket aesthetic continues into the cabin where occupants are bathed in customisable ambient lighting and surrounded by high quality materials. A large 9.2-inch Columbus infotainment system comes as standard in this trim, providing a wonderfully ergonomic portal to navigation, media, and various connected services. My only gripe is that the screen’s touch sensitive shortcut buttons haven’t been relocated for right-hand drive models, resulting in them being a bit of a stretch for the driver.
Our SportLine Plus car features a pair of wonderfully supportive Alcantara seats. Their sizeable bolsters and plush finish lend an upmarket appeal to this space. Along with the flat-bottomed steering wheel, these heated chairs set this model apart from lesser trim levels. Rear occupants have plenty of space to relax on long trips, with the outer most passengers receiving legroom that rivals a Mercedes-Benz S-Class! However, the middle passenger has to straddle a sizeable transmission hump, thanks to some Superbs being offered with all-wheel drive.
There is a real sense of solidity and durability to the interior – exactly what you need from a car that has to endure the trials of family life. And speaking of family, my three-year-old nephew fully approves of the enormous optional glass panoramic roof featured on this example. It’s pricey at £1,180, but does flood the cabin with light.
Being an estate, the boot is a major factor to consider with this Superb. Well, it doesn’t disappoint, with a mighty impressive 660-litres of space. Fold the rear seats flat and that grows to a van-rivalling 1,950-litres. Two – maybe even three – dogs will happily occupy the boot for family adventures. Clever trinkets such as boot dividers, a rechargeable torch, a door-mounted umbrella, and a handy ice scraper highlights the level of thought that has gone into this car’s design.
Closing the electric tailgate and firing our car’s 2.0-litre TDI engine into life reveals the motor to be a little grumbly at idle. However, the slight din soon dissipates once in motion, giving way to the refined and smooth character of its drivetrain. A seven-speed DSG automatic transmission subtly shuffles ratios almost imperceptibly. Effortless motorway performance is teamed with a cushioned ride – even with this model’s more sports oriented suspension setup. Insulated from the hubbub of road and wind noise, hundreds of miles tick by without quarrel from passengers.
Presenting itself as the Everyman’s E-Class, this well-appointed Superb SportLine Plus Estate enters battle for class leadership, and to challenge the opinions of the ever-present badge snobs. From lengthy motorway jaunts to country pursuits out with the dogs, we look forward to seeing what this Skoda is truly made of over the coming months.
Date arrived 28th November 2019
Fuel economy44.1-47.1mpg (WLTP combined) 39.2mpg (on test)
Optional Virtual Cockpit feels like it’s straight from Audi’s back-catalogue, which is no bad thing!
This is a well-specified car, so blank buttons are a little jarring.