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Skoda Superb hybrid boot space & seating

You’ll struggle to find such a practical hybrid family car – only the Skoda Superb iV Estate offers more space per pound

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,865mm2,031mm1,468mm485/1,610 litres

Practicality has always been the Skoda Superb's calling card – in both hatchback and Estate form – so it's pleasing to report that's still the case despite the additional hybrid kit on board. Limousine-like rear legroom and almost van-like load space are present and correct and material quality is excellent throughout.

Skoda Superb iV interior space, storage & comfort

The Skoda Superb is a cavernous car – there’s certainly no lack of interior space; the back seats offer limousine-like levels of comfort, and there are loads of ‘Simply Clever’ storage solutions designed to make living with the car easy.

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The rear doors open nice and wide and there are ISOFIX mounts on both of the outer rear seats, so fitting a child seat is straightforward. There'll be no danger of your sprogs kicking the back of your seat, either, as their little legs are unlikely to reach. There’s so much space that even tall adults will find there’s enough room to stretch out.

Elsewhere, the door bins are a good size, and there’s a central cubby capable of swallowing all your odds and ends. There are two cupholders on the centre console, as well as a useful pocket ahead of the gearlever for storing your mobile phone. The glovebox is a decent size, too, and you’ll never tire of things like the ice scraper in the fuel filler cap and the handy parking-ticket holder on the inside of the windscreen.

Boot space

Don’t worry about the fact that the hybrid Superb's boot is smaller than what you find in the normal petrol or diesel version – there’s still loads of space to play with. The standard car’s 685-litre boot shrinks to 485 litres in the iV, but with the seats down there’s a cavernous 1,610-litre load bay (versus 1,760 in the petrol and diesel models). Although, we did have some thoughts about how much you could pack into the Superb iV after living with it – especially as a family car. 

There are very few hybrid cars – and none at this price point – that offer that much space and versatility. If you want or need more room, then it’s worth looking at the Superb iV Estate, which offers a total load capacity of 1,800 litres (150 litres shy of the normal Estate model).

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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