The most luxurious car ever to bear the Škoda badge was collecting awards and accolades even before it reached British showrooms, with the Top Gear magazine Luxury Car of the Year trophy safely tucked away in its cabinet.
The manufacturers are understandably making much of the fact that it has the biggest load capacity in its class (1,865 litres with the rear seats down, if that means anything to you), and if you need any more space to lug things, all models come with roof rails as standard. A perfect place for annoying relatives.
The days when Škoda meant basic are long gone, of course, and this one really is well-appointed. Trim levels and engine choices mirror those of the Superb hatchback, with diesel and petrol versions from 1.4 up to a punchy 3.6 V6. And with prices beginning at £17,700, the Estate scores strongly on value, too.
MM verdict: Škoda moving up another gear.