Skoda Superb hatchback - Interior & comfort
The Skoda Superb has an interior that’s simply designed and well built
When tackling interior design for the Skoda Superb the designers haven’t attempted anything too radical. You’re unlikely to be disappointed though and will probably forget about the lack of imagination as soon as you discover how comfortable the car is. However, it does look modern and crisp, with the dashboard comprising mainly straight lines and simple forms. We think it’s the best Skoda interior ever made.
Everything is laid out in a logical, easy to follow format and there are no controls in hard-to-reach places or unexpected locations. Skoda have wisely avoided ‘reinventing the wheel’ and, though it doesn’t match the visual flair of a BMW or Audi, it certainly holds up well in terms of interior quality.
In the past, material quality found in Skoda interiors hasn’t always been the best but here we have no such worries. Much of the switchgear can be found in other VW Group products and all of it feels solid, tactile and pleasant in use. Impressive technology is fitted, too, with top-of-the-range models fitted with an 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment that can mirror both Apple and Android smartphones. All models can also automatically make contact with the emergency services if a serious crash is detected, or will offer to make contact after a less severe impact.
The Skoda Superb range opens with the S, which, in certain other Skoda models, implies that there are very few standard items of equipment. Not so with the Superb, as you get air-conditioning, remote-control central locking, height adjustable front seats, 16-inch alloy wheels and electric front and rear electric windows. An eight-inch colour touchscreen incorporates DAB radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Smartlink+ for Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. S models also get two USB ports and keyless go. It doesn’t come as standard with rear parking sensors, which are helpful given the Superb’s length.
Stepping up to the SE brings dual-zone climate control air-conditioning and adds a USB/SD card input as well as SmartLink phone integration. It also gives you 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, together with an umbrella built into each of the front doors – a much-loved Superb feature.
The SE L is very luxurious and adds leather seats (heated in the front), an Amusden eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, electric folding mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. You also get a powered bootlid, nets to help secure shopping or luggage and drive mode selection and adaptive LED matrix headlights, which automatically switch the high beams off for oncoming cars.
The SportLine Plus takes a similar approach to S-Line and M Sport models from Audi and BMW. Sitting between SE and Laurin & Klement trims, SportLine Superbs come with a range of exterior upgrades including 19-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, redesigned sports bumpers and gloss black wing mirrors. It also has adaptive matrix LED headlights, an exterior body styling kit, a flat-bottomed three-spoke leather steering wheel and Alcantara sports seats for a more youthful, exuberant feel.
The SportLine Plus includes the largest Columbus 9.2-inch sat-nav system with 3D maps, a driving mode selector and keyless entry. The Sportline Plus also has heated seats, LED ambient lighting, Wi-Fi, blind-spot monitoring, the 'progressive dynamic' power steering system and an electrically operated boot lid. For around £450 you can add Skoda's Virtual Cockpit, replacing traditional gauges with a digital display that fills the instrument binnacle.
The range-topping Laurin & Klement version is almost embarrassingly plush, adding a heated windscreen, heated rear seats, a 10-speaker Canton stereo, three-zone climate control, keyless entry plus piano-black interior touches and the Dynamic Chassis Control system. There are driving aids too, including blind spot detection, lane assist and park assist, which can steer into and out of parking spaces. New for the 2019 facelift, is a restyled centrally positioned 9.2-inch touchscreen with integrated Wi-Fi, a Virtual Cockpit instrument dial cluster, LED ambient lighting, and upgraded rear LED lights with dynamic indicators that appear to scroll outwards.
Skoda fits the Superb with the same radio and infotainment systems as seen elsewhere in the VW Group. The 9.2-inch Columbus navigation system, as fitted to the Sportline Plus and above, is one of the best we’ve come across.
Classy to look at thanks to a sleek glass screen, the Columbus is extremely easy and intuitive to use. It has a capacitive touchscreen like that of a smartphone or tablet and can also be controlled by a rotary dial. All its features are intuitive to access, including SmartLink, which incorporates MirrorLink, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
When using the sat-nav for actual navigation, you’ll find that destinations can be quickly entered and routes are calculated very rapidly. Direction information is also repeated in the small display screen on the instrument cluster.