Nedahl Stelio

2 Mar 2018 • 13 min read

I'm going to put this out there: I've never been a wagon fan. It's not even a mum car, it's a proper dad car. It must be a hangover from the '70s when those Kingswood station wagons dotted the streets and felt as retro as this next word does: daggy.

But wagons have come a long way since then. Case in point: the Skoda Superb wagon. I drove the 162TSI, which is middle of the range in petrol, for a whole week. And to be honest I expected... not to love it. But when it arrived I was very pleasantly surprised. Read on to see how it fared over seven days of driving.

How does it look?

The Superb wagon is beautifully designed. Curved lines at the front and an elongated body make for a sleek family ride. There is definitely no boxiness with this car, as you'd get with some SUVs. It's for those people who still want a sportier look and don't want a giant vehicle just to do the daily grind.

Inside is just as stylish. I'm not even in the top of the range but everything is fairly high end. You know that feeling you get when you're surrounded by quality? It comes over you like a cool drink of water on a hot summer's day and makes you feel fantastic. That's the feeling you get in a Skoda Superb.

  • The Superb wagon is beautifully designed. The Superb wagon is beautifully designed.
  • It's for those people who still want a sportier look and don't want a giant vehicle just to do the daily grind. It's for those people who still want a sportier look and don't want a giant vehicle just to do the daily grind.
  • Curved lines at the front and an elongated body make for a sleek family ride. Curved lines at the front and an elongated body make for a sleek family ride.

The seats are leather - a nice leather. In the front they're heated and cooling and you can also heat them in the back. The steering wheel is leather and feels good under the hands, which I think always makes for a more pleasurable driving experience.

The dash and the centre console have been cleverly and clearly designed, everything is well set out and looks upmarket and stylish without being over the top.

  • There is definitely no boxiness with this car, as you'd get with some SUVs. There is definitely no boxiness with this car, as you'd get with some SUVs.
  • Let's talk about the real reason we're all here: boot space. Let's talk about the real reason we're all here: boot space.

How does it drive?

So smooth, it's like creamy peanut butter (not crunchy!). The drive is lovely with responsive steering and it has plenty of power to get me up hills swiftly, with little effort. It's zippy enough to duck in and out of traffic - safely, naturally - and gives me the confidence that it's going to do exactly what I tell it to, because it handles so well. It's a wonderful feeling.

The 162TSI is a front-wheel drive, but I didn't have any trouble with traction on the road. The 162TSI is a front-wheel drive, but I didn't have any trouble with traction on the road.

The 162TSI is a front-wheel drive (you'll have to go one up in the range to get all-wheel drive), but I didn't have any trouble with traction on the road. It does have a large turning circle though - 11.7metres, which is fair for a wagon but can be a bit annoying. Still, because you're not in an enormous SUV, it's less noticeable.

Parking is a breeze with a very clear reverse parking camera that shows a 360 view of the car from on top, as well as behind you, so you can see where you are in relation to whatever is around which means you're less likely to hit something. But if you don't feel like parking for some reason, this car will park itself (see Tech section).

Skoda claims a fuel efficiency of 6.4litres/100km. Skoda claims a fuel efficiency of 6.4litres/100km.

How spacious is it?

Let's talk about the real reason we're all here: boot space. Because we all know how important boot space is when you have a family.

The Skoda Superb doesn't disappoint with a whopping 660 litres of boot space which is actually more than you'll get in most mid-size to large SUVs. It's really big. Sure, it's not as high as an SUV, and if you're looking for height you're in the wrong place, but size wise, it matches up.

  • Let's talk about the real reason we're all here: boot space. Let's talk about the real reason we're all here: boot space.
  • The Skoda Superb doesn't disappoint with a whopping 660 litres of boot space. The Skoda Superb doesn't disappoint with a whopping 660 litres of boot space.
  • It's actually more than you'll get in most mid-size to large SUVs. It's actually more than you'll get in most mid-size to large SUVs.

I can fit my daughters' bikes in there (sideways, yes), plus loads of groceries and if you put the second row seats down, the space expands to 1950 litres. Again, it's big.

The second row is spacious, there is plenty of room for my two children aged four and six, and also for me at 161cm and my husband at 185cm. The front, too, is nice and breezy with loads of headspace and legroom. My family was extremely comfortable for the whole week we had this car.

The second row is spacious, there is plenty of room for my two children aged four and six. The second row is spacious, there is plenty of room for my two children aged four and six.

How easy is it to use every day?

So the biggest thing you'll notice if you're used to SUVs is that you have to bend down to do the kids car seats up. It really depends how old your children are as to whether this is an issue or not. Mine are starting to do their own seatbelts (at least one of them is) so this wasn't as big a deal as I thought it was going to be. Yes, an SUV is easier because they are higher, but if you really don't want a bulky car, the wagon is still a great option.

There are two cupholders in the front but they are designed for small cups, it only just held my KeepCup. Same with the two cupholders in the back. This is not a deal-breaker though, it still works.

You know that feeling you get when you're surrounded by quality? That's the feeling you get in a Skoda Superb. You know that feeling you get when you're surrounded by quality? That's the feeling you get in a Skoda Superb.

There are bottle holders in each door, a centre storage bin that actually has a cooling air fan (good for your sandwiches on long road trips), and the sizeable glove box has this feature too.

Tri-zone climate control keeps the front and back passengers happy. And there is my favourite feature of all time - the boot that opens when you swing your leg underneath it. This one actually works (some are a bit tricky to get the hang of) and is a godsend for parents who know what it's like to be overloaded with children and shopping bags and have no hands free. That would be all of us then.

What's the tech like?

There is an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen which is easy to figure out, and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (side note, I've just discovered CarPlay will read your text messages out to you while you're driving! I've never done that before). It basically means you can plug in and be instantly connected to your usual phone apps like Spotify and maps, and is the easiest technology you'll use in a car today.

There are also things like park assist which means if you don't feel like reverse parking the car (or you're just not particularly good at it), you can press a button and the car will park itself. The first time you do this is weird, no doubt about it. Watching the steering wheel expertly manoeuvre the car into a reverse park all on it's own is like peering into the future. But it works. And it's easy to learn - a quick glance at the manual and the car will be parking itself in no time.

How safe is it?

This car has all the bells and whistles, but one of the things I found most impressive was that it has nine airbags, including side airbags in the back. Most new cars (in fact, all that I have driven anyway), have side curtain airbags, which are the ones that cover the windows of the back (and front) seats. But the Skoda Superb actually has side airbags front and rear, that cover the side doors as well. This is a big plus for me as a parent.

It's also got all the fancy new technology you'd expect of a car in 2018 - auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and lane departure alerts. Plus two ISOFIX points and three top tethers for children's car seats.

How much will it cost to run?

The Skoda Superb 162TSI I drove came in at $48,790, including the options of the 'Comfort Pack', 'Tech Pack' and metallic paint.

Skoda claims a fuel efficiency of 6.4litres/100km, which is better than you'll get in most mid-large SUVs. There's a five year/unlimited km warranty, and service is required every 12 months/15,000km (whichever comes first).


The Wrap

Somehow, with it's sleek good looks, super smooth driving manners and large boot space, the Skoda Superb has made me a wagon convert. It drives as its name suggests and it feels practically as luxe as its more expensive European counterparts, with style oozing out of every corner. I gave it a family rating of 8/10. My children also gave it an 8, they loved being able to climb into that big boot.

Likes

Stylish interior
Advanced safety features
Large boot

Dislikes

Lower than an SUV
Turning circle

Scores

Nedahl:

4

The Kids:

4

$40,690 - $42,390

Based on new car retail price

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