Engine refinement is a bit of a let-down; the VW Group’s high-pressure, pumpe duse injection system has never made for the quietest or most vibration-free cruisers on the market, and if you drive other modern turbodiesel saloons in the Superb’s class, you’ll realise that it’s not the smoothest.
But it certainly is big. Huge, you might even say, the first time you open those long back doors and climb into the rear. Cabin space has always been the Superb’s real trump card; it’s as roomy as the most spacious £40k executive saloons.
I’m six feet four, and yet I could travel in the back of a Superb, sitting behind someone of the same height, with the driver’s seat as far back as it’ll go and still have a couple of inches of kneeroom to spare. Within the Mondeo class, that’s enormous.
It’s still pleasant to ride in, too. Dynamically, the Superb’s no match for the best in class; blame that on the eight-year-old VW Passat chassis mechanicals sitting underneath it, which bring a certain brittle restlessness to the ride quality on occasions.
But that’s a criticism relative only to the very newest and very best D-segment saloons; unless you’re in the chassis development or road-testing business, you’ll be too busy stretching out in those huge rear chairs to find anything to complain about.
Should I buy one?
If you regularly travel with three other full-sized adults, you don’t want to go the whole hog and buy an MPV, and you do want to maximise the amount of metal you get for your money, absolutely.
Here is a smart-looking saloon with more room in it than a BMW 5-series, but that’ll cost you £2000 less than an identically engined VW Golf Sport. It’s got more-than-respectable motorway punch and yet it also does more than 600 miles on a tank of diesel.
For those reasons, you can forgive the Superb the occasional chassis tremor and its few elderly looking VW parts bin cabin components. Some prospects simply make too much sense to turn down, and in its cheapest 2.0-litre diesel form, Skoda’s flagship saloon is one of them.