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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

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 Skoda Superb has long offered a compelling combination of comfort, interior space and executive-grade quality at an affordable price. Now, it has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain option, too, available in SE L, SportLine Plus and L&K trim levels, and with either a hatchback or cavernous estate body, the latter of which we've reviewed separately.

Like its petrol and diesel siblings, the Superb iV undercuts the equivalent Volkswagen Passat (the GTE) slightly and should prove very popular as a company-car choice. That's because its low CO2 emissions attract just 10% Benefit-in-Kind tax in the 2020-21 financial year, compared to a whopping 34% for the 2.0-litre diesel version. It's not hard to see why Skoda expects the iV to account for up to a quarter of Superb sales in the UK.

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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