Skoda Superb

Inside? Well, let’s start with the rear, because a voluminous boot has always been front and centre of the Superb Estate’s appeal, and that’s no different this time. Luggage capacity with seats in place is 690 litres, up 30 litres from before.

There’s a storage cubby to the left, latches by the tailgate to drop the rear seats, luggage hooks, Velcro barriers to secure loads from sliding around and even now an electric load-bay cover.

If you want the best estate boot in the business, there’s a strong chance that this is it.

The hatchback impresses for boot space too, and it’s better than its predecessor, with 645 litres of room available. That’s significantly more than in the Peugeot 508 hatch, which offers only up to 487 litres. 

There’s room for large suitcases and golf clubs and you get the same storage compartments as the estate. Higher-spec models also get a multipurpose storage pocket. 

It’s a shame the hatch’s loading lip is so big and there’s no height-adjustable boot floor like you get in the estate. Still, the wide aperture of the boot makes lifting luggage inside a bit easier. 

If you opt for a PHEV estate, you get 80 litres less capacity, due to the drive battery raising the load floor. 

There’s credibility to Skoda’s claims of more rear cabin space, too, which will be important to buyers who will regularly be carrying passengers. Those rear seats offer large amounts of leg room and head room is good. 

This takes us up to the front seats: also spacious, comfortable, with a roomy and straight driving position.

The business end of the cabin is mostly successful. “We have closely listened to our customers and brought haptic controls back,” says Johannes Neft, Skoda’s technical development chief. Sometimes it feels like listening to customers is a novelty. 

So, as well as a large, 13in landscape-oriented touchscreen in the dashboard’s centre, there are three multi-function rotary dials with inbuilt screens, plus some supplementary buttons beneath.

You can preset what the dials do, then give them a push to change the function, then rotate them to change the settings. Adjusting the temperature or driving mode, for example, is a doddle, especially on the move. 

The round, broadly adjustable steering wheel has real buttons too, plus two pushable scroll wheels. (A press of one button brings up the driver assistance systems and the scroll wheel pings them off.) 

The gear selector has been moved to the right-hand stalk to free up space on the centre tunnel, so the left handles indicators and wipers. There’s a separate light-switch panel. Mirrors and even each individual window get actual buttons. Yes, we shouldn’t have to say this, but here we are.

If Skoda has been less successful, it’s in the feel of some of the interior materials. All look good and most feel solid – stuff you touch regularly, like the doors, particularly. But those rotary dials feel a bit flimsy, and if you push some places on the dash, it will creak and move a bit, not unlike in a modern Mercedes-Benz (likewise more about show than solidity). It’s not a big deal, but it feels worth mentioning, because it’s unusual.

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