We’ll get the price out of the way first: Yes, thirty big-ones may seem a bit steep for a Skoda, but few cars offer quite as much for the money.
But it’s gained plenty of equipment too – Skoda says the Superb offers around 1,500 of extra value compared to its forebear, which does go some way to justifying the elevated price tag of the car we drove on launch in Austria.
Our high-end Laurin Klement-spec test car featured a handful of upgrades over the Elegance car pictured, but visually only some brown leather seats and a different 18-inch wheel design mark it out at a glance. A panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, heated rear seats and a chrome radiator grille are among the other embellishments reserved for the range-topper.
Whichever Superb Estate you plump for, the driving experience will be much the same. The ride quality wouldn’t feel out of place on a car far above the Superb’s billing, handling is confident, grippy and planted – if not the last word in incision or fun – and its motorway manners are impeccable.
Refinement from this car’s 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine is good too – it’s less audible than the same unit in many other Volkswagen Group cars, though does become more vocal under hard acceleration. For less than a grand extra we’re tempted to recommend the 170 PS model over the 140 PS – it loses a single mpg, but reaches 62 mpg in just 8.6 seconds, rather than 10.1.
The dual-clutch DSG gearbox shifts smoothly – better here than in the 1.8 TSI petrol we also tested – and while most drivers will leave it in auto, we can also report it’s responsive enough in manual mode when required.
Road and wind noise are also kept to a minimum, allowing longer distances to pass by with minimal effort. Plenty of adjustment in seats and steering wheel helps here whatever the driver’s stature, while rear-seat passengers lose themselves in legroom of Grand Canyon proportions.
The Estate’s boot doesn’t disappoint either, with 633 litres seats-up and a van-like 1,865 litres with the rear seats stowed. When you do, the load area is completely flat, with no lip at the back to make loading difficult. As Skoda might say, it’s simply clever.
Price as tested: 30,065
Combined MPG: 54.3
CO2: 137 g/km
Buyers who really are limited by budget constraints will be glad to know the 2.0 TDI Estate is available from ‘S’ trim upwards from just 21,485 (and 1.4 TSI models for under 20,000). For that price, the Superb is just about unbeatable given its vast passenger and load volume.
Even with all the option boxes ticked, the Superb Estate still represents good value. Okay, so it lacks an upmarket badge, but you’d pay half its price again to find anything else matching its space, equipment and comfort.
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