Czech carmaker Skoda is generally regarded at one of Volkswagen’s cut-price brands, but just one glance at the latest Skoda Superb wagon turns that notion on its head.
The Superb is a ludicrously large family wagon that also offers an exhaustive list of features and creature comforts, a four-cylinder turbo engine from one of the world’s most celebrated hot hatches, while looking genuinely sporty from any angle.
It’s a tough ask for any manufacturer, even prestige brands and to do so means Skoda has, what I consider, a best-in-class effort on its hands.
If you thought our 206TSI wagon looked big on the outside, cabin and boot space will leave you gobsmacked. The previous generation was hardly lacking in this department, but this latest iteration is bigger in almost every dimension. Rear-seat legroom boarders on limo spec, while boot space grows by 60 litres to an impressive 660 for the wagon (625 for the sedan).
Folding the rear seats frees up a staggering 1950 litres of load space in the wagon and 1760 litres for the sedan. Either way, this is considerably more space than the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon (1625 litres) and still more than you’ll find in many large SUVs.
And as we’ve come to expect from this brand, the Superb comes loaded with everything but the kitchen sink. It’s just one of several areas where this car continues to offer outstanding bang for buck.
It’s simply impossible to list every standard feature on the Superb –the list is far too extensive, but highlights include 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels shod with premium Pirelli rubber; heated front seats; privacy glass; 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which automatically connects with your iPhone in mere seconds, once you connect the Lightning cable.
You also get a high-definition reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors; adaptive cruise control; three-zone climate control; nine airbags and conveniently-stored umbrellas hidden inside both front doors – just like a Rolls-Royce.
Our 206TSI was also fitted with the $3400 Tech Pack, which adds a full suite of active safety aids and convenience features such as Automatic parking assist; Lane assist; Side assist – Blind spot detection, Rear traffic alert, Traffic jam assist; Emergency assist, Adaptive chassis control, Virtual hands-free tailgate and 12-speaker Canton sound system.
It’s an awful lot of kit, but the top-shelf Superb also includes the Image Pack as part of its standard inventory, which incorporates keyless entry and start; ambient lighting (dash and all four doors); drive mode selection with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and sports suspension, which lowers the ride height by 15mm – for a noticeably sportier stance than its less powerful siblings.
Despite the de-tuning and significant extra heft of the Skoda over its Golf R engine donor (1685kg versus 1495kg respectively) the Superb wagon can still cover off the 0-100km/h dash in just 5.8 seconds – 1.4 seconds faster than the $46,490 Golf GTI Performance with DSG. Top speed is 250km/h.
Trying to find real fault with the latest Skoda Superb 206 TSI 4x4 DSG Wagon is tantamount to nitpickicking.
It’s a large, stylish estate with as much rear legroom as a prestige limousine and even more cargo space. The list of features and creature comforts on board is exhaustive, while under the bonnet is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine from one of the world’s most celebrated hot hatches.