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
- Hugely practical
- Wide range of trim levels
- Very low company-car tax
- Home or work charging point needed
- Styling too conservative for some
- Not the sportiest car to drive
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||36-37 miles||149-217mpg||30-42g/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.
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...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingGreat practicality, rock-bottom running costs and a very competitive list price mean the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid is a true class leader
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingVery few cars of this size or shape offer the potential for quite such low running costs; the Skoda Superb iV could cost you mere pennies to run
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Skoda Superb has always represented fantastic value for money, and while you’ll pay more for an iV than an equivalent diesel, you’ll save in other areas
- 4Performance, engine & driveDespite its impressive performance figures, the Superb iV is no sports model – but as a comfortable, capable family car there's little to fault it
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortGone are the days when a Skoda felt like it was built using castoffs from the VW parts bin; the Superb iV is plush and premium – especially in pricier trim levels
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityYou’ll struggle to find such a practical hybrid family car – only the Skoda Superb iV Estate offers more space per pound
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe latest Skoda Superb fared well in the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and there’s plenty of safety kit as standard
- 8Living with itWhat does the spacious Skoda Superb gain, and lose, when you throw a plug-in hybrid powertrain into the mix?