Skoda has taken the wraps of the estate version of the new Superb family car. It’s an important car for the brand, because 35 per cent of Superbs sold since the first car’s launch in 2009 have been the big-booted versions. And this new version has a very big boot indeed – but we’ll come to that in a minute.
The new Superb Estate is built to compete with the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6, and on paper there are plenty of reasons to recommend this big wagon. We’ve broken the news down into five of the biggest reasons why it’ll be worth considering for your next car.
1 – The styling
You could perhaps argue that one or two models in the Skoda range look just a little bit plain, but the Superb estate seems to strike just the right balance between being handsome without drawing too much attention to itself.
Up to the B-pillar (where the roof joins the body of the car just behind the front doors), the car remains almost identical to the regular hatchback. From there, the roof continues horizontally pretty much to the rear of the car, where the boot lid drops off much more drastically towards the bumper. Nothing revolutionary, but the bold creases and the angular tail lights certainly lend it a handsome look.
2 – It’s huge inside
As with the standard Superb, interior space is class leading. Most importantly, the boot on this thing is ginormous. Seriously, you could take a family of four on holiday for weeks without coming close to filling the boot up.
There is now a whopping 660 litres of boot space with all five seats in place – that’s 27 more than the old estate, and up from the already enormous 625 litres of the hatch. Fold the rear bench away and you’re left with a positively van-like 1,950 litre load bay.
The Estate’s wheelbase (that’s the distance between front and back wheels) measures a full 80mm more than its predecessor. In other words, the already class-leading legroom has just got even better. You’ll probably fall about laughing when you sit in the back – you have serious business-class levels of room for your legs.
As with the outside, the interior design isn’t the most adventurous, but it’s clean, simple and likely to be very well screwed together if the Superb hatch is anything to go by. Headroom stats of 995mm front and 1,001mm rear are described as class-leading by Skoda, while knee room is described as double that of the next closest competitor.
3 – Economical engines
The engine lineup is shared with the regular Superb, meaning that there’s a diverse choice of petrol and diesel engines. From the 120hp 1.6-litre diesel to the all-wheel drive, 280hp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol, there will be something for pretty much anyone.
The added weight brought about by the big boot will likely blunt performance and economy, but only by very fine margins. That means we can expect the 1.6 diesel to achieve close to 70mpg with a light foot, while it will likely still be free to tax.
4 – Equipment levels
Skoda has packed all of the VW group know-how into the Superb Estate, so it should be one of the most generously equipped cars in the segment.
Skoda’s latest infotainment system allows easy syncing with Apple and Android devices, and an optional internet connection turns the Superb into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot. The inclusion of Dynamic Chassis Control enables the Superb’s dampers to constantly adjust according to road conditions, offering a combination of a smooth ride and sharp handling.
5 – The umbrella
Always ill-prepared when it rains? Well Skoda has you covered. There’s a handy pop-out umbrella located in each of the rear doors – just like a Rolls-Royce Phantom! Why don’t more car companies do this?
The new Skoda Superb Estate is due to be revealed to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. Order books will open from June, and first deliveries are due to start in September.
If you’d like to find out a little more about the Superb range, then head over to our review page for more detailed specs, photos and impressions.