Skoda Superb Estate hybrid practicality & boot space
The plug-in hybrid Superb iV Estate is about as practical as cars get, provided you don’t want four-wheel drive
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The Skoda Superb Estate is one of the most practical estates you can buy. The boot is huge – bigger than the 510-litre official capacity suggests – and in the iV there’s dedicated cable storage under the floor. You can even add a fold-flat front passenger seat, although the loadbay will swallow a two-metre item as is if you simply fold down the rear seats.
There’s masses of space for passengers to stretch out in the back and loads of room up front for even the tallest of drivers to get comfortable. It’s getting on for limousine-like levels of space and comfort.
Skoda Superb Estate hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
The Superb is one of the roomiest cars you can buy, with loads of leg and headroom in the back and front, plus central armrests in the front and back that also help with comfort. The door pockets are a good size and there are two fixed cupholders up front that’ll take a large takeaway mug easily, while the two cupholders that pop out from the rear armrest are fine for most bottles and cups.
There’s a covered cubby up front that’s ideal for storing your phone out of sight and the glovebox is a good size as well. There are even umbrellas hidden in the front doors.
The Superb’s boot is a really good size, with a longer boot floor than you might expect for a 510-litre claimed capacity. The squared-off shape and useful underfloor cable storage makes this more versatile than plenty of boots with bigger claimed capacity.
There are also four lashing eyes and a load bay cover with one-touch release. We'd like a few more of the clever touches that Skoda often specialises in – boot separators to stop groceries from moving about, for instance, would be a welcome addition.
In This Review
- 1VerdictRoomy, sweet to drive, good value by plug-in standards and efficient even with little charge, the Superb Estate is one of the best PHEVs there is
- 2Range, charging, MPG & CO2 emissionsFor both electric range and petrol-engine efficiency, the Superb iV plug-in hybrid is impressive and competitive with rivals
- 3Running costsThe Superb iV can look expensive next to non-electrified variants, but in comparison to plug-in hybrid alternatives, it’s fantastic value for money
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Superb iV plug-in hybrid isn’t thrilling to drive, but standard adaptive suspension is a great addition, giving it comfort and secure handling
- 5Interior & comfortThe Superb iV plug-in hybrid isn't as classy-feeling as a Volkswagen Passat GTE or BMW 330e, but it's still hard to fault
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe plug-in hybrid Superb iV Estate is about as practical as cars get, provided you don’t want four-wheel drive
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Superb iV plug-in hybrid is generally good here, but we’d like lane-keeping assistance and traffic-sign recognition included as standard