ONE of the first things you notice when sitting in to the Skoda Superb is that it is absolutely massive.
The Czech car manufacturer’s top of the range executive offering provides both driver and passengers with oodles of leg room, both front and back.
In fact, building on the previous generation, the new Skoda Superb has increased rear leg room by 19mm – making it not only the leader in its class, but also the class above.
The boot size is also very generous.
Skoda is known for its quirky storage options, and the Superb is no different. The twin door boot can be operated in saloon or hatchback mode, and the boot space can be divided accordingly.
In the back, the armrest opens to provide extra storage and rear passengers can also access the boot.
The Superb is a handsome looking car, and its interior is similarly superb.
The top of the range Elegance, which I was driving, comes with an impressive list of standard equipment.
Its full leather interior gives the car a sense of luxury, which is augmented by the front and rear heated seats.
Driver and front passenger seats are also electric. Rear seat passengers can also control their own air conditioning.
The Columbus Satellite navigation, which comes as standard, is also a treat. As well as storing navigation data, the system also has capacity for 6,000 songs, can play DVDs and offers a hands free phone BlueTooth system.
Driver technology wise, the Superb GreenLine comes with cruise control, electric folding mirrors, front cornering fog lights and light assistant, automatic tunnel lights as standard.
Parking Assist, which will steer the car during parallel parking, is also available.
To make the car more energy efficient, the Start-Stop System automatically turns off the engine when the car is stopped in traffic – this can be a bit disconcerting when you first experience it but never fear, it’s quick and efficient and it won’t leave you stuck at the lights.
The car also suggests a recommended gear to make your driving more environmentally friendly. These eco friendly technologies make the car kinder to the environment and kinder to your pocket, with a €104 per annum car tax. Safety-wise, the Superb scored a 5-star NCAP rating.
The Skoda Superb styles itself as an executive car and with its attractive looks and elegant interior, it delivers on that promise.
Although it’s a big car, it’s not difficult to handle and front and rear parking sensors make parking easy.
The 1.6l diesel engine Skoda Superb GreenLine comes in three equipment levels, Comfort, Ambition and Elegance.
Prices start from €25,115 but the top of the range Elegance I was driving cost €28,995.
Skoda Superb Hatch Greenline – Tech data
Engine: 1.6 TDI/105bhp GreenLine
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 12.5seconds
Maximum Speed: 192 km/h
Combined fuel consumption: 4.4 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 114 g/km
Annual road tax: €104
A version of this article first appeared in Metro Herald