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It’s a perfect Combi-nation

Skoda Superb Combi
Skoda Superb Combi

Whenever we get asked about what the best family car is, the Skoda Superb Combi always gets a mention.

We drove one to Poland, from Ireland a number of years back and we were simply amazed by how much luggage it could swallow and just how much ground it could cover, leading us to believe that this was one of those cars that was “all you would ever need”.

Just a couple of weeks before the all new Superb hatchback goes on sale, Skoda having been showing the international media the new Combi (estate) version, which will go on sale here in Ireland from September, from €27,995.

Here in Ireland only about one-third of all Superb buyers opt for the Combi, which commands a €1,200 premium over the hatchback version, but for this you are getting a proper motoring giant.

The outgoing model had a 633-litre boot capacity, but this new model, which is 23mm longer and an 80mm longer wheelbase now boasts a massive 660-litre boot capacity with the seats up. There currently isn’t any rival that can match that sort of load-lugging, at any price.

Another added bonus is that the Superb also happens to look much better too. The proportions of the Combi, despite its massive size are excellent and shod with 19” wheels, as some of our test cars were, it looked stunning.

We tried the 2.0-litre 150bhp diesel which was quiet and powerful and this will form part of a five engine line-up for our market.

The diesels are made up of the 1.6-litre 120bhp with 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic, the 2.0-litre 150bhp diesel with 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG, or 6-speed manual 4x4, or the 2.0-litre 190bhp with 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG or 6-speed DSG 4x4. There are petrol offerings, a 125bhp 1.4 TSI which is the cheapest Superb Combi you can buy, or the 280bhp 2.0-litre TSI 4x4 - both of which will be largely ignored by Irish buyers.

Most will opt for the 1.6-litre TDI Ambition, which comes in at €31,495 and with that you will get items such as Bi-Xenon headlamps, 16” alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, rain sensing wipers and heated seats. There are three grades, Active, Ambition and Style (which replaces the former Elegance trim) and Ambition has most things you would ever need. Prices range from €27,995 up to €47,195 for the 280bhp 2.0-litre TSI 4x4. Our favourite? The €40,995 2.0-litre 190bhp TDI DSG 4x4.

If you are in the market for a large family estate car then this simply has to be near or at the top of your shopping list.

The quality is brilliant, it now looks like it could have come from a more ‘premium’ brand and it offers exceptional value for money too, especially when you look at the specification on offer.

As an all-rounder, for space, comfort, good-looks and desirability you really can’t, or shouldn’t at least, look much beyond the Superb Combi.

Robbie Farrell