Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the Skoda Superb 140TDI diesel wagon, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

It's pretty easy to understand why SUVs have become the stereotypical family's best friend.

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Their upright bodies tend to offer practicality advantages beyond their commanding view of the road and perceived readiness for the 'big trip', but they're certainly not the only choice if you need to carry a dinner table's worth of family or food.

The Skoda Superb is one such alternative. It’s available as a smart five door hatch disguised as a sedan, but the wagon version pushes the practicality levels well into five-seat large SUV territory.

Nikki and Peter know what it takes to keep a family happy, but does the diesel Superb wagon hold up under their scrutiny?

Plus: Andrew Chesterton takes a detailed look at the Superb140 TDI wagon.

Also: Richard Berry was among the first to sample the Superb at its Australian launch.

More: Check out our Superb hub.

And you’ll find anything wagon-related at our station wagon hub.

Would you consider a Superb over a large SUV? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Click here to see more 2016 Skoda Superb pricing and spec info.