The new ŠKODA Superb Estate is the ideal companion for everyday family and working life.

Driving it on the UK’s roads recently, I discovered the fresh model has the largest boot in the automotive mid-class. Although the Superb Estate is only 23mm longer than its predecessor, the load area holds 27 litres more than before with the rear seats up.

By putting the chairs down in the back, the capacity will increase to almost two cubic metres – 85 litres larger than that of the second-generation model. Even carrying long objects is possible; the front passenger seat can easily be folded down when required. This allows objects of up to 3.10 metres in length to be transported.

The new ŠKODA Superb Estate not only triumphs in terms of space, but also in its practical solutions. Up to 31 Simply Clever features are on offer for the model – 11 of which are in the boot alone

Just as with the saloon version, the latest ŠKODA Superb Estate is optionally available with a virtual pedal, which enables you to open the electric tailgate hands-free with a simple foot movement around the bottom of the rear bumper.

Another new addition making its debut on the new ŠKODA Superb Estate is the practical tip-to-close function that initiates the electric boot closing mechanism with a simple pull. Additionally, folding down the rear backrests can be done at the touch of a button, situated in the load area.

The variably adjustable false boot floor offers the highest practical benefits in the ŠKODA Superb Estate. This intermediate moveable surface can divide the boot in various ways, making it more flexible. The system also creates practical storage space: the boot’s coat shelf and the retractable cover can be stored under the double floor.

The roller cover has been designed as a manual retractable load covering. By applying gentle pressure, it automatically moves back and the boot is free for loading. The cover also has an automatic unlocking roller blind. This means it will automatically move one notch back when the boot door opens.

Another practical feature is the aforementioned new coat shelf, which can be found under the roller cover. This can hold flat items, such as a jacket.

Four folding hooks in the boot can help to securely transport items that might otherwise move around, for example shopping bags. The ŠKODA net programme is also useful here; one horizontal and two vertical nets can secure items when required.

Finally, in the boot you will also find a removable LED torch, which can be used outside the vehicle. The flashlight is charged automatically in its holder as you drive, and is also magnetic.

The ŠKODA Superb Estate I drove – and highly recommend – is the SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 190PS 4×4 DSG. It offers bags of pull, up to 55.4mpg – and 0-62mph in a quick 7.7 seconds.

It’s obviously a larger, heavier version of its latest hatchback sibling, but this doesn’t affect its dynamic ability. What’s more, grip is fantastic in poor weather, thanks to this particular model’s all-wheel drive system.

All the key controls feel smooth and well-weighted – hearteningly classy, even. And the Superb goes about its business in a hushed, unruffled manner, irrespective of the engine you choose.


Practical √  Voluminous √  Comfortable √  Handsome √  Getting Pricey X

FAST FACTS (SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 190PS 4×4 DSG)

Max speed: 142 mph  0-62 mph: 7.7 secs  Combined mpg: 54.4  Engine layout: 1968 cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve turbo diesel  Max. power (bhp): 187  Max. torque (lb.ft): 295  CO2: 135 g/km  Price: £31,420