Road Test: Skoda Superb [2009-2014]

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One of the things luxury cars have to do well is make their owners feel special. The Superb has this quality in spades – wood, leather and plastic in black, beige and brown combine to make you feel like the king of the world every time you set foot in the car. The color combination may seem a little incongruous, but it works. Slip into the driver’s seat, and you’re presented with the traditional Skoda steering wheel boss and the ‘smiling’ chrome strip. The wheel tilts and telescopes, and has click-and-scroll buttons on the wheel that make going through menus and music really simple. The instruments are arranged in a twin-pod layout with white-on-white lighting that is easy on the eyes. As with most cars from the VW auto group today, the speedometer is calibrated in steps of 5kph up to 180kph, beyond which each line indicates an increase in 10kph. A convex right wing mirror instead of the plane one provided would certainly have helped things along in our crowded traffic conditions – the blind spot it creates on roundabouts can hide a small car! The seats adjust for height and lumbar support as well as the usual adjustments, so finding a suitable driving position is a doddle. However, the rear seat is definitely the place to be, what with the amount of legroom available and small touches like a footrest for the feet making things so much more comfortable. Even the interiors of the Superb V6 are identical to the other two variants, the only visible difference being the chrome on the top of the gearshift lever being engraved with ‘V6 4x4’ on it. Not that there is much one would want to change with the Superb’s interiors, since they’re that well-appointed already.


    The audio system is one of the highlights of the Superb. It is a two-DIN touchscreen system that can hold six discs at a time and can play pretty much every format available for audio. It is clear right up to its highest volume, but we couldn’t help but wish for more clarity in the low-mid frequencies.

    Storage spaces are what we’ve come to expect from a car in this class, but special mention must be made of the ‘twindoor’ boot, which can be opened either like a sedan, or like a hatch. In simple English, it will hinge either at the bottom or the top of the rear windscreen, depending on whether you need to load big objects into the boot. No object will be too big for this boot – it is 565 litres with the rear seats upright, and when we flipped the rear seats and sent someone in to measure how big it becomes, we lost him in there. We’re probably still searching for him as you read this.

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