Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Latest updates keep the dashboard bang up to date
  • On a par with Volkswagen Passat's interior
  • Certain trims and colours are exceptionally classy

2019 Skoda Superb Estate interior

If you’re progressing to the Skoda Superb estate from the smaller Octavia – or many other cars from the Volkswagen stable – you may be a tad disappointed with the interior. Certainly not because of the space, material quality, finish or the generous levels of equipment, but simply because it’s so like other models it lacks the special feel you’d witness in a BMW or Audi cabin.

If you aren’t familiar with those cars then you’ll be onto a good thing – the Skoda’s cabin is excellent, with strong geometric lines that complement those of the bodywork. Yes, there are some firmer plastics around the cabin’s lower reaches but in most areas your fingertips will be delighted as you probe the soft-touch materials and experience the well-damped switchgear. In fact, we think the Superb's interior is superior to the VW Passat's - it just looks and feels a little more special, at least in higher-spec trims.

Most models have instruments of exceptional clarity, but the top-spec cars get Skoda's Virtual Cockpit digital dials that offer a variety of displays to scroll between. Other displays, especially the larger infotainment screens, are first rate, though, the more expensive systems benefitting from a proximity sensor which enlarges onscreen buttons as your hand approaches. Achieving an excellent seating position is easy enough too, especially as the steering wheel adjusts for reach and angle; exterior mirrors are usefully large, too, affording fine rearward visibility.

The main infotainment display is large and crips, with a variety of sizes available. They're all easy to use, but we'd avoid spending the extra on the largest 9.2-inch system. It comes with a slightly less user-friendly interface that features fewer shortcuts around the outside of the screen than the smaller 8.0-inch option. That said, it's still slick and it's testament to the car's impressive all-round ability that this is one of the few things to pick on.

Is it comfortable?

  • Front and rear passengers have oodles of room
  • Seats are supportive and great for long-distance comfort
  • More room inside than all similarly-priced rivals

Combine a palatial cabin with a supple ride quality and you have the key ingredients for a serene driving experience, which is why we rate Skoda Superb estate comfort so highly. Not only is the interior space generous in every direction – aside from rear seat legroom which, although it remains unchanged, is still the largest in its class.

Wherever you sit you’ll feel like you’ve got a good deal, with ample room without elbows or heads grazing the door panels and headlining. The quality of fit and finish adds to the sense of comfort, with well-damped controls and a reassuring thunk when you close the doors – the cabin’s essentially free of ambient noise too, whether it’s emerging from the engine, tyres across the road surface or wind whistling around the windscreen and exterior mirrors.

Many models are luxuriously-appointed with heated leather seats, optionally available with air conditioning, while depending on the specification you plump for, the climate control can regulate up to three different interior zones. Adaptive suspension’s available to tweak the experience, too.

While the ride’s exceptionally relaxed in Comfort mode, there's a tendency for the car to wallow over a series of quick-fire undulations; the Normal setting doesn’t transmit intrusions significantly into the cabin but the car feels better balanced across a variety of ride types in that mode.

Skoda Superb Estate interior driving