Exactly one month ago, we got behind the wheel of the all-new Skoda Superb hatch, and were impressed by its civilised road manners, gargantuan boot and luxurious rear passenger space.
But Skoda is already looking to extend its lead over rivals with the even bigger Estate model, revealed here for the first time.
It’s a significant car for the brand, perhaps even more so than the hatchback in the UK, because across its lifespan, the outgoing Estate accounted for around 70 per cent of Superb sales here.
This time, the ratio is expected to shift slightly, as Skoda says the hatch’s bigger boot and more stylish design will boost its popularity, but it will still be 60:40 in the load-lugger’s favour.
When it comes to practicality, though, the Estate is unsurpassed this side of a Ford Transit. With the rear seats in place, boot space has grown by 27 litres to 660 litres – that’s 60 litres more than in a Mercedes E-Class. Skoda is yet to release the exact capacity with the rear seats folded, but expect it to be just under 2,000 litres, rising from the 1,865 litres in its predecessor.
Up to the B-pillar, the hatch and Estate are identical, but the higher, extended roofline means there’s more headroom to go with the latter’s business-class levels of rear legroom. At the back, the new, steeply raked screen and sharp LED tail-lights give the Estate a sportier look than you’d expect from a car measuring 4,856mm in length – 23mm more than the hatch.
The engine line-up will mirror the hatch’s, yet CO2 emissions are expected to rise by 1g/km due to the added weight. So, petrols will range from a 123bhp 1.4 TSI to a 276bhp 2.0 TSI 4×4, while diesels stretch from a 118bhp 1.6 TDI to a 187bhp 2.0 TDI 4×4.
Estate prices are expected to start from around £1,200 more than for the hatch, so the entry-level 1.4 TSI will cost £19,890. Trim levels will comprise S, SE, SE Business, SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement, with one unique option: a full-length panoramic roof with an electric-opening front section, which is likely to set you back £800.
The order books open in mid June, with first deliveries at the same time as the hatch, in September.
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