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If you see space as a luxury when it comes to your vehicle, the Skoda Superb Estate will be one of the most luxurious cars in the world. This latest facelift is the third generation of the Skoda Superb Estate and is arguably one of the more attractive models in the Skoda range.
Practical and spacious, this Skoda Superb Estate review will show you just how impressive this estimate is. Seems as one of the most sensible cars ever to grace the automotive market and is the Czech company’s MQB-based range-topper.
Although it’s known as the third generation of the model’s range, it is technically the fourth iteration of the Superb range. Moto-heads will know that the first was introduced way back in 1934 and remained in production until 1949. But, we digress. The newest generation of the Skoda Superb Estate hits the mark when it comes to the requirements of an estate.
But how does this Superb Estate do against the competitors out there? Just to name a few, the Skode is up against big boys such as the Mazda 6 Tourer, Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate. Well, the big Skoda certainly packs a punch. In fact, the Estate has won awards in the “best estate car” category and is sold all over the world. But, don’t take our word for it. Find out more information in this Skoda Superb review.
The Body, Interior and Trim
If there is only one word we’re allowed to use to summarise this car, it would be MASSIVE. To be blunt, if you need your car to inhale as much stuff as it possibly can, the Skoda Superb Estate is your best option this side of a Transit van.
The front features a bold grille and piercing LED headlights. This Estate certainly has Executive-looking design queues that gives it a classy yet solid appearance. The wheelbase is the same length as before, and the body is no wider or taller on the outside than the pre-facelift Superb. It may not be as elegant as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the Skoda Superb is smartly styled and is significantly more affordable.
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The interior is remarkably well spaced with leg, head and shoulder room in spades for those in both the front and rear seats.The rest of the interior feels pretty premium for the price. There are three infotainment system options with either 8.0 or 9.2-inch touchscreens and all get shortcut buttons surrounding them. The standard analogue dials are easy to read and manipulate while driving, and the digital dials on top-spec Laurin & Klement trim are easily customisable. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a multiway adjustable steering wheel are all featured as standard.
As always, the best is left until last. The boot space in this tardis is immense with a whopping 660 litres with the rear seats in place. And with the seat down? The boot transforms into a mighty 1,950 litres.
The Engine and Drive
So the car is big, reliable and has a great interior? That must mean it faults at the engine…right? Wrong. The Skoda Superb Estate is all about comfortable cruising and the motor can certainly deliver that. With a variety of engines to choose from and optional extras, Skoda really are building this car for the masses.
At the bottom of the range is a 1.5-litre petrol with 148bhp that can be had with a 6spd manual or 7spd DSG gearbox. On par with the 1.5 petrol engine are the two diesel options which are both 2.0-litre units. The lesser-powered one making 148bhp, offering up either a manual or DSG ‘box and claiming around 56mpg and then the upgraded DSG only, 197bhp and a claim of almost 50mpg.
There are two more petrol options to choose from which include a 2.0-litre with 187bhp and a DSG only, or the full-fat 276bhp 2.0-litre with 258lb-ft of torque. The lineup also features a plug-in hybrid that represents the win-win option.
The gearboxes across the range are smooth and the steering is precise. Drivers have the option to add adaptive dampers to add a bit of handling prowess to your Superb Estate and can even opt for a four-wheel-drive system to increase grip on wet or wintry surfaces.
The Skoda Superb Estate Sportline
In typical hatchback fashion, Skoda has released a Sportline range for those looking for some extra spice in their drive. Competing with giants such as the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and forthcoming Peugeot 508, the Skoda Superb Estate Sportline has had to really beef up their offering to have a chance of competing.
It is rather easy to spot a Skoda Superb Estate Sportline as all models are distinguished by striking 19-inch ‘Anthracite Vega’ alloy wheels and sunset glass. A black rear spoiler adorns the hatchback models and the estate models are featured with gloss-black roof rails and a body-coloured spoiler. The Skoda Superb Estate Sportline also features a subtle body kit and gloss-black trim for the grille, window surrounds and door mirrors.
The sporty vibe is carried through to the interior which features plush Alcantara suede sports seats, ambient LED lighting, a carbon dash trim and a sleek 9.2-inch touchscreen Columbus Plus infotainment system.
Of course, the sportiness is truly found under the bonnet. Positioned towards the top of the Superb range, the Skoda Superb Estate Sportline offers a 2.0-litre TSI petrol at the top of the range, which comes with a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard.