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Skoda Superb hybrid review

Great practicality, rock-bottom running costs and a very competitive list price mean the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid is a true class leader

Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Hugely practical
  • Wide range of trim levels
  • Very low company-car tax

Cons

  • Home or work charging point needed
  • Styling too conservative for some
  • Not the sportiest car to drive
Car typeElectric rangeFuel economyCO2 emissions
Plug-in hybrid36-37 miles149-217mpg30-42g/km

The latest generation of the Skoda Superb is available as a plug-in hybrid to sit above the Skoda Octavia iV in the Czech brand's electrified line-up. Not only can you get the Superb as a plug-in hybrid in the SE L, SportLine Plus and Laurin & Klement trim levels, but the plug-in powertrain is available in both the hatchback and cavernous estate bodystyles – we've reviewed the latter separately.

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Like its petrol and diesel-engined siblings, the Superb iV undercuts the equivalent Volkswagen Passat GTE - especially now the Passat is estate-only - and should prove very popular as a company-car choice. That's because its low CO2 emissions mean just 12% Benefit-in-Kind tax, compared to 30% or more for the 2.0-litre diesels.

It’s no sports car, but the Superb iV drives well, displaying a fine blend of comfort and handling. It’ll do 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds thanks to its powerful electric motor and punchy petrol engine – particularly impressive when you consider the fact it should manage more than 30 miles on electric power alone.

Overall, it's very hard to find fault with the Superb iV. Like all plug-in hybrids, it'll only be truly cost-effective if you have access to a charging point at home or work, but provided that's the case, you're getting all the financial benefits that come with this drivetrain wrapped up in the best (and best value) large family car on sale today. For a more detailed look at the Skoda Superb hybrid, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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