The previous Superb was a congenial old beast. With its people-carrying duties in mind, Skoda tuned the model to be soft and serene under most conditions. Unsurprisingly, its replacement is set up with broadly the same character in mind.
On the standard passive suspension, it’s easily pliant enough to ride with the kind of fluid, big-boned flounce that makes a lot of miles pass with little suffering. The comfort levels are possibly not superlative – the muffled rolling refinement of a Mondeo certainly rivals it for general contentment – but it’s utterly convivial nonetheless.
Go about your business a little quicker and the qualities we equate with most MQB-based models come readily to the fore. Although the weight difference between old and new is probably fairly negligible, the stiffer new Superb does feel that bit keener to take direction from its driver. Its proportions remain a factor in your reckoning, as does the continued nose-heaviness of such a long car, but it reacts to inputs consistently, grips keenly and, despite its suppleness, conveys enough feedback to make you well aware of its broad limits.
Consequently, as before, the Superb copes with most British road surfaces admirably well. Of all those we tried it on, only particularly challenging stretches of aged B-road asked questions of the car’s comfort-orientated springiness, the occasional sudden elevation change – or a series of them – exposing the amiable dampers’ ultimate lack of restraint in a meandering reluctance to settle.