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Estate Car of the Year 2016: Skoda Superb Estate

The Skoda Superb Estate is the 2016 Auto Express Estate Car of the Year, with the Peugeot 308 SW and SEAT Leon ST commended

Every good estate should offer a cavernous boot that can swallow just about everything you can throw at it, but it also needs to team this with attractive looks, efficient engines, refinement and a quality cabin.

Last year, the Volkswagen Passat Estate drove off with the Auto Express Best Estate Car award, but this year that honour goes to its VW Group stablemate, the Skoda Superb.

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It’s based on the same flexible MQB underpinnings and offers the same solid range of engines as the Passat, but the Superb boasts a bigger boot and a similarly upmarket interior for a lower list price.

Even so, Skoda has added lots of useful touches, including an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap, umbrellas in the doors and cup-holders that grip your drink so you can take the lid off one-handed. Although these only sound like small details, they’re the kind of features that can make living with a car so simple.

The Superb Estate rises to the top when it comes to practicality, too. Along with enough room in the rear to rival a Mercedes S-Class and excellent cabin storage, it has a massive 660-litre boot that’s easy to access. Sharp looks mean the Skoda is now easily on par with the Passat for style, too, and as with the latest cars in the firm’s range, the cool design is a big draw.

Skoda Superb Estate 280 4x4 2016 - front tracking 2

If you’re a fleet buyer, the 1.6 TDI in SE Business trim is attractive thanks to its claimed 67.3mpg economy and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, as well as its long list of desirable equipment. The 118bhp diesel doesn’t feel underpowered, while the 148bhp 2.0 TDI provides that extra degree of flexibility thanks to its bigger capacity.

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A good estate car needs to offer plenty of space first and foremost, and that’s exactly what the Superb Estate does. But it ticks so many more boxes, too, with impressive refinement and quality at a price that its rivals can’t match.

Our choice 

Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business (£23,755)

Like its hatchback cousin, the Superb Estate makes a lot of sense in SE Business guise, as it features plenty of standard kit. However, its generous list price means you won’t have to delve too deep into your pocket. Once again, the refined, punchy and efficient 2.0-litre TDI is the standout engine choice. 

Commended

Peugeot 308 SW

Peugeot 308 SW - front

With some French design charm and the same sweetly judged mix of agility and comfort as its hatch sibling, the 308 SW marries good looks and a fun drive with plenty of usability. That’s mainly thanks to its boot – at 660 litres, it’s bigger than rivals’ and matches the volume of the Superb in the class above. 

SEAT Leon ST

SEAT Leon ST estate 2014 static

The same qualities that make the SEAT Leon a great compact family hatch mean the ST version is a fine estate. Adding extra space and versatility into the mix gives you many more options, while you don’t have to compromise on looks or driving fun: the ST is sharply styled and agile on the road.

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