Skoda reveals new Superb estate
Like the hatchback Superb, the Combi is built on MQB architecture and has a wheelbase 80mm longer than its predecessor, standing at 2,841mm all-in. The front and rear track widths have grown as well, to 1,584- and 1,572mm respectively. The good news is that these increases in dimensions haven't rendered the Superb Combi a bulbous-looking thing - in fact, with the crisp new styling of the hatchback Superb in place, this Skoda load-lugger is a really handsome creation, helped by the more muscular stance afforded by the wider tracks and also by a shorter front overhang. We particularly like the sloping roofline and tidy glasshouse design.
Bigger on the outside means cavernous on the inside, as this Superb Combi comes with some astonishing figures in this department, most of them class-leading. Headroom front and rear is 995- and 1,001mm respectively, while front-row occupants get a further 39mm more elbow space than before. In the back, Skoda says the knee-room figure of 157mm is almost double that of its nearest competitor. Elbow room also increases, up by 70mm over the old Combi. But it's the boot you buy a wagon for, and this one starts at 660 litres rear seats up - 27 litres more than before - and rises to a gigantic 1,950 litres with them folded down. In terms of specification, like the hatchback it is expected to be well-equipped for the money, with connectivity including SmartLink, allowing on-board communication with all of MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software.
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Since the Superb Combi appeared in 2009, 200,000 of them have been sold worldwide, making up 35 per cent of all Superbs sold in those six years. Following a public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the new Skoda Superb Combi will go on sale soon after.
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