Skoda Superb hybrid practicality & boot space
You’ll struggle to find such a practical hybrid family car – only the Skoda Superb iV Estate offers more space per pound
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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.
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.
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).
In This Review
- 1VerdictGreat practicality, rock-bottom running costs and a very competitive list price mean the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid is a true class leader
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingVery few cars of this size or shape offer the potential for quite such low running costs; the Skoda Superb iV could cost you mere pennies to run
- 3Running costsThe Skoda Superb has always represented fantastic value for money, and while you’ll pay more for an iV than an equivalent diesel, you’ll save in other areas
- 4Engines, drive & performanceDespite its impressive performance figures, the Superb iV is no sports model – but as a comfortable, capable family car there’s little to fault it
- 5Interior & comfortGone are the days when a Skoda felt like it was built using castoffs from the VW parts bin; the Superb iV is plush and premium – especially in pricier trim levels
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingYou’ll struggle to find such a practical hybrid family car – only the Skoda Superb iV Estate offers more space per pound
- 7Reliability & safetyThe latest Skoda Superb fared well in the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and there’s plenty of safety kit as standard