The interior also underwent a transformation, continuing, of course, to use mechanical and electronic components from Volkswagen Group’s “stock”, but this time with no stock surface parts. “With the dashboard, we continued to honour simplicity and tried to make it as visually light as possible while at the same time enlarging it. The high centre console and the division of the dashboard into layers helped us do this. The decorative strip that runs across the entire dashboard to the doors also played a big part in the visual widening, for example. The chrome framing of the low and wide air vents, radios and climate controls again evoked a sense of premium quality,” says Miroslav Jaskmanicki, who designed the second-generation Superb’s interior.
The dashboard accentuated the car’s width.
One detail that the interior design team addressed at the time was the umbrella, which was an heirloom from the first generation. “The second generation may have been stretched and had record space in the back, but we still had discussions about whether the umbrella should be for passengers in the back or in the front,” Jaskmanicki recalls. In the end, it was moved to the front doors, where the umbrella was available for both driver and passenger. This, of course, necessitated a re-tweaking of the door panels to create space for it.
The second generation retained the model's generous roominess, especially in the back.