Skoda Superb Estate iV vs Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate: interior and infotainment
The Passat has a fractionally more interesting and classy-looking interior, but both are comfortable and pleasant places to spend time
The Volkswagen Passat’s interior has a noticeably more interesting finish, with a subtle but classy feeling blend of material colours and textures, characterised by a horizontal line running across the dashboard and through the vents. It’s a fairly sober design, but it does feel classier than the Superb, which is just as comfortable and solidly put together but also a touch drabber. For all that, both cars get leather upholstery with heated seats, as well as powered seat and lumbar adjustment for the driver. Both are really comfortable as a result and will be a great choice even for very tall drivers. Both protagonists also get an eight-inch colour touchscreen with navigation and charger search function, as well as Bluetooth, digital radio and multiple USB sockets.
The Passat also has standard Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. Upgrading to the 9.2-inch touchscreen adds that same smartphone integration to the Superb (above), and also brings voice control, at a cost of £1,120. The same upgrade in the Passat costs £2,200, but also brings the fully configurable digital driver’s readout that completes a very high-tech interior.
The digital driver’s readout (called ‘virtual cockpit’ in Volkswagen and Skoda-speak) is a further £465 in the Superb. The system software is logical to navigate and quick to respond, so even the standard system with its smaller screen is decent to live with. If you do value your technology and phone connectivity, it could well be worth upgrading.
In This Review
- 1IntroPractical and cost-effective plug-in hybrid estate cars from the VW Group stable go head-to-head in our twin test
- 2Range, charging & fuel economyBoth cars offer similar electric range and efficiency, although we’ve seen slightly better results from the Skoda in real-world use
- 3Running costs & warrantyThe Skoda is a bit of a no-brainer on most fronts, whether you’re a retail buyer or business user
- 4Performance & handlingThe Passat gives more of a nod towards performance and handling, but in reality both cars are best as comfortable cruisers
- 5Interior & infotainment - currently readingThe Passat has a fractionally more interesting and classy-looking interior, but both are comfortable and pleasant places to spend time
- 6Space & practicalityThe Skoda manages to offer a little extra boot space over the Passat, but both are fantastic large family cars
- 7Safety & reliabilityBoth cars are very safe and have good Euro NCAP crash-test scores, but there are further standard safety aids that could be included
- 8Verdict & specificationsThese two car are predictably closely matched and predictably excellent, but the Skoda wins on account of offering better value for money