Skoda’s Superb Estate is an exceptional friend for working and family life.
Driving it on British tarmac recently, I found the car has the biggest load area in the motoring mid-segment. Although the Superb is just 23mm longer than its forerunner, the boot will swallow 27 litres more luggage with the rear seats in position.
By folding the rear seats down, the volume expands to nearly two cubic metres – 85 litres more than that of the earlier model. Even transporting lengthy objects is achievable; the Superb’s front passenger seat can be folded down effortlessly when necessary. This enables you to convey articles up to 3.10 metres long.
The Skoda Estate not only prevails in terms of capacity, but also in its practicable resolutions. 31 Simply Clever features available for the car – 11 of which are in the luggage area alone.
Like the Superb hatchback, the Estate is available with a simulated pedal, which allows you to access the boot hands-free with a swipe of the foot under the bumper. Another new feature on the Superb Estate is the useful tip-to-close function that begins the electric tailgate closing apparatus with a straightforward pull. Furthermore, dropping the rear seat backrests can be done with the press of a switch in the boot.
The modifiable phony boot floor provides the highest practical advantages in the Superb Estate. This convenient surface can divvy the boot in assorted ways, making it more accommodating. The set-up also give rise to practical stowage space: the load area’s coat shelf and the telescopic cover can be kept under the twin floor.
That above-mentioned coat ledge, which can be found underneath the roller cover, can hold flat things, like a jacket. Four foldaway hooks situated in the boot can also help to carry objects that might otherwise roll around, for instance supermarket shopping bags. Skoda’s net programme is convenient here, too; one horizontal and two upright nets can keep objects secured, when needed. Lastly, in the load area you’ll also come across a detachable LED torch, which can be used away from the car. What’s more, the light is charged in its special holder as you drive.
The Skoda Superb I drove – and highly commend – is the Sportline Estate 2.0 TDI 190PS 4×4 DSG. It offers an athletic, lowered stance, heaps of pull, up to 61.4mpg – and a zero to 62mph dash in 7.8 seconds. The needle tops out at 145mph – but that’s just for the German autobahns, right? Additionally, all the essential controls feel well-weighted – reassuringly refined, even.
It’s understandably a bigger, weightier version of its hatchback relative, but this doesn’t upset its dynamic capability. Furthermore, due to its stiffer, sports chassis and four-wheel drive arrangement, the Sportline’s toe-hold is tremendous.
PROS ‘N’ CONS
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FAST FACTS (Sportline 2.0 TDI 190PS 4×4 DSG)
Max speed: 145 mph
0-62 mph: 7.8 secs
Combined mpg: 61.4
Engine layout: 1968 cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve turbo diesel
Max. power (PS): 190
CO2: 120 g/km