Skoda Superb review - the best large family car to drive? - Interior and tech

Hot hatch powertrains and talented chassis makes latest Superb better than ever to drive

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  • Styling, body control and broad engine range
  • Still not a true drivers' car

Ask us to describe the Superb’s interior design from memory and we’d struggle. But what the cabin lacks in architectural excitement is makes up for in quality of build, logical minor control placement and general comfort.

In effect, it feels like a larger, more sumptuous Octavia, which is in turn a step above the Rapid, and so-on until you reach the Citigo. Skoda’s interiors are as consistent in design as their exteriors, but it’s churlish to really complain about something that works so well. Your touch points, the wheel, gear selector and seats, are all neatly-trimmed and pleasant to interact with, and everything else is clear, logical and solidly constructed.

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The new Superb is based on an extended version of the VW Group MQB platform. The car is some 28mm longer, 47mm wider and 6mm taller than the old model, and benefits from the VW Group’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) technology – a first for Skoda.

Weight has also been saved – the new car is as much as 75kg lighter, with the lightest 1.4-litre model now weighing 1375kg. 23 kilos have been saved thanks to the extensive use of high strength steel in the body shell - 46 per cent of the structure is made up of the stuff.

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Another key factor to note is the new car’s improved aerodynamic efficiency. Drag coefficient is rated at 0.275, which betters the likes of the Volkswagen CC and its 0.284, for example.

The Superb also benefits from a raft of safety tech, including auto-braking functions, tyre pressure monitoring systems and seven airbags. Adaptive cruise control is joined by lane assist, traffic jam assist and crew protect assist – which tightens belts and closes windows ahead of a collision – as well as Emergency Assist, which can automatically bring the vehicle to a standstill if the driver is unable to.

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