The Skoda Superb is arguably still one of the very best family cars in the world.

Not only is it hugely spacious in several dimensions, it’s also quietly handsome and modern-feeling, and as well endowed with cabin technology as almost anything on the market. And if you ignore the chintzy L&K versions it’s still outstanding value, too.

Now the act to follow. In most areas that matter, the complete large family car

However, given its experience with making big estates, we’re surprised by some of the equipment oversights, such as making the variable boot floor an option, while Skoda tripped up over the flexibility of its folding seats, which don't work as well on UK market cars.

But it needn’t worry about the harder yards – about making the car refined, muscular, spacious or hard-wearing enough to fit easily into family life – because on those fronts the car is already great.

Great enough, in fact, to top our (now admittedly small) chart for full-size, volume-branded estate cars. If you want lots of space in a mature, pragmatic and well-priced package, look no further.