If you need a large family car with loads of room in the back and a massive boot, then the Skoda Superb estate fits the bill perfectly. It provides more space inside than alternatives like the Ford Mondeo estate, Volkswagen Passat estate and the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer.
The Skoda Superb estate is one of those rare cars, where there is very little to criticise. You want space, practicality and excellent value? The Superb gives you all of that, plus a fine drive as well.
The first Superb was launched back in 2001, with a new model arriving in 2008, and perhaps one of the few criticisms that could be levelled at those old models was their ungainly styling. However, Skoda has well and truly sorted out that issue with this latest version. Its angular front grille gives it new-found character, while there’s something quite German and upmarket about the design, which is no great surprise, given that Skoda is part of the Volkswagen Group, alongside Audi.
Inside, too, the car looks and feels very high-quality, even if it’s not quite as classy as a VW or Audi. It’s also packed full of handy little touches – including umbrellas hidden in the front doors and a removable torch in the boot on most models – that make it a joy to use in everyday life.
As soon as you start driving the Superb, you’ll realise that it’s been designed to be comfortable. Rather than being firm and sporty, the suspension has been set up to absorb bumps in the road. Even so, when you get going a bit more quickly, the big Skoda is still fun to drive, without too much lean in corners.
There’s a wide range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, so you can decide how to strike the compromise between performance and economy. The most economical model can return more than 70mpg, for example, whereas the quickest versions are as fast as any hot hatch you care to mention. And, if you want all-weather grip, four-wheel drive is available, too.
Skodas are renowned for their value for money, and the Superb is a perfect example. Standard equipment on every model includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, an eight-speaker stereo and electric windows all round. At the top of the range, you can take your pick of luxuries such as three-zone climate control, a WiFi hotspot, heated windscreen and automatic parking system.
Thanks to its range of qualities, the Superb Estate is just the car to prove badge snobs wrong
With sharp looks on top of everything else it does so well, the Skoda Superb is one of the best cars on sale. Admittedly, it may not be quite as sharp to drive as an Audi, but that’s not really important: most families will be more interested in the comfortable suspension that absorbs bumps, yet is still perfectly happy if you do up the pace.
Badge snobs may prefer a VW or Audi, but they’ll be missing out, because the Skoda offers 99 per cent of those cars’ perceived quality for significantly less money. As a family estate car, it’s extremely hard to fault.