Skoda Superb Estate - Interior & comfort
A straightforward design and bags of kit make the Skoda Superb Estate a great place to spend time
Skoda has never been a brand to value style over substance, and the Superb Estate doesn’t change that. The design catches the eye only for its simplicity, and nothing about the interior is confusing or off-putting. Everything is logically laid-out and it all feels well put together. There's certainly no shortage of equipment, especially on the top-spec models in the range, which are loaded with hi-tech gadgets.
Skoda Superb Estate dashboard
The Skoda Superb interior design is quite simple when compared to some of its more stylish rivals. It has a rectangular touchscreen (ranging from eight to 9.2 inches in size depending on the model) central to the dashboard, and the car's width is visually emphasised by a series of simple horizontal trim pieces which promote a sense of space.
Every control is where you'd expect it to be and they all feel solid to the touch. All the cabin materials feel top-notch and robust, comparing well with the Superb's more expensive VW Passat sister car.
Ease of use is a real strong suit – you can scroll through and display most of the car's functions on a small screen between the dials in the instrument cluster, while the clear, easy-to-read touchscreen gives you access to the Superb's infotainment system.
Skoda offers five trim levels with the Superb Estate. S kicks things off and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen complete with Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay and DAB digital radio; all-round electric windows, air-conditioning, cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.
Moving up to SE trim upgrades the air-conditioning to a dual-zone setup and the alloy wheels to 17 inches in diameter. It also adds parking sensors (invaluable in such a large car), an umbrella in the driver’s door and adaptive cruise control.
The last three trim levels are a fair bit pricier, but leave you wanting for very little. SE L includes 18-inch alloys, bright Matrix LED headlights and scrolling indicators, sat nav, Wi-Fi, leather seats (heated in the front) and a power-operated boot. The SportLine Plus model upgrades to a 9.2-inch ‘Columbus’ infotainment screen, but packs an assertive bodykit, 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara sports seats and a ‘sport chassis’ intended to sharpen the driving experience further, plus a drive select system.
Top-spec Laurin & Klement (L&K) includes a digital instrument cluster, 10-speaker stereo system, heated leather steering wheel, park assist and rear-view camera, as well as a heated windscreen, heated front and rear seats, upgraded interior trim materials and ambient lighting. It also features Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), that allows you to choose from Comfort, Normal and Sport modes, altering the steering and suspension setups as you do so.
Many of the extras included on higher trim levels can be added to lesser Superb Estates, but even L&K trim allows you to spend more should you wish. Non-metallic solid paint is standard, while metallic and pearl-effect shades cost between £345 and £975.
It’s probably wise to specify the reversing camera (£375) given the Superb Estate’s not-inconsiderable bulk. We also advise you spend £150 on a proper spare wheel or a space saver, as the standard can of sealant can leave you stranded in the event of a severe puncture.
For £465 you can also upgrade from traditional instruments to Skoda's Virtual Cockpit, with a TFT display capable of showing five different layouts. Similar to Audi's system, this can even show your map and route instructions behind the steering wheel.
The Superb’s infotainment system can be found elsewhere in other Skoda, Volkswagen and SEAT models, and we think it's one of the best there is. Though nothing special to look at, it's very easy to use and responsive. There are plenty of ways of navigating around the controls, including a small rotary knob, buttons either side of the screen and the touchscreen itself. It can also feature SmartLink, incorporating MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so there should connectivity for any smartphone.
The sat-nav portion of the system is easy to use and entering a destination is simple, while the route is calculated quickly. Directions are clear, especially in combination with the display in the instrument cluster.