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Skoda Superb (2002–2008)

Last updated 28 February 2017

 
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Dimensions
Length 4803 mm
Width 1765 mm
Height 1469 mm
Wheelbase 2803 mm
Boot Space 462 L

Full specifications

Interior

Okay, okay, where have they cut the corners? (You were bound to ask.) Not inside the cabin for a start. This is very nicely VAG with full climate control on all models and Audi-like Venetian blinds to the vents, two of which feed hot or cold air from the centre console to those far away rear seat passengers. Surprise and delight features abound, with a combined boot and fuel filler keylock in the front door pocket, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable front seats with lumbar support, and now not merely a cassette radio but also a CD player in the dashboard. My favourite feature of the lot is inside the boot, where you can pull a couple of tabs to reveal four hooks from which to suspend those supermarket bags that normally spill their contents throughout the luggage locker.

But it was in this area that I did find a fault. My dear old dad and mum had spent a week restoring a pair of fiddleback chairs for me to take home from their place, and the chairs wouldn't fit through the boot opening. No problem, I thought, and went to look for the rear seat backrest release, only to find that there wasn't one. The rear seat is welded to the car. You can poke stuff through a ski-flap, but that's it. So one of the fiddlebacks shared the back seat with its lonely passenger and the other is still in dad and mum's garage.

The Superb is not a small person's car. At 175cms I'm about average, but felt like a midget in this motor. It actually took a long time to get comfortable, not helped by a lack of driver's seat thigh support (there's no tilt). But big people will think it's Nirvana. And two six foot sixers can actually sit behind each other in comfort.
Okay, okay, where have they cut the corners? (You were bound to ask.) Not inside the cabin for a start. This is very nicely VAG with full climate control on all models and Audi-like Venetian blinds to the vents, two of which feed hot or cold air from the centre console to those far away rear seat passengers. Surprise and delight features abound, with a combined boot and fuel filler keylock in the front door pocket, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable front seats with lumbar support, and now not merely a cassette radio but also a CD player in the dashboard. My favourite feature of the lot is inside the boot, where you can pull a couple of tabs to reveal four hooks from which to suspend those supermarket bags that normally spill their contents throughout the luggage locker.

But it was in this area that I did find a fault. My dear old dad and mum had spent a week restoring a pair of fiddleback chairs for me to take home from their place, and the chairs wouldn't fit through the boot opening. No problem, I thought, and went to look for the rear seat backrest release, only to find that there wasn't one. The rear seat is welded to the car. You can poke stuff through a ski-flap, but that's it. So one of the fiddlebacks shared the back seat with its lonely passenger and the other is still in dad and mum's garage.

The Superb is not a small person's car. At 175cms I'm about average, but felt like a midget in this motor. It actually took a long time to get comfortable, not helped by a lack of driver's seat thigh support (there's no tilt). But big people will think it's Nirvana. And two six foot sixers can actually sit behind each other in comfort.

 

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Contract hire from £207.41 per month
 

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