Skoda Superb hybrid engines, drive & performance
Despite its impressive performance figures, the Superb iV is no sports model – but as a comfortable, capable family car there’s little to fault it
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The Skoda Superb iV – like any Superb – is a comfortable and capable family car. Treat it as such, and it’s likely you’ll find the firm’s flagship an extremely rewarding vehicle to live with. The Superb is no sports car, but its ability to fit seamlessly into your life shouldn't be taken for granted.
Once on the move, the iV is as satisfying to drive as any Superb, with a smooth ride and effortless progress courtesy of the electric and petrol power combination. The power delivery is perhaps a bit more sudden than drivers of modern diesels may be used to – you’ve got the electric motor’s instant torque to thank for that – but you'll get accustomed to it soon enough.
The 1.4-litre petrol engine can feel strained if pushed hard, so you're better off adapting a relaxed driving style in keeping with the Superb's nature. If you want sporty handling, you should look at the more expensive BMW 330e. That said, the Skoda’s six-speed dual-clutch gearbox works well, and in Sport mode the controls weight up, giving the Superb a more engaging edge.
Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The Superb iV’s performance figures aren’t to be sniffed at; 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds is as fast as some hot hatchbacks, and you’ll certainly notice that instant shove away from junctions and traffic lights.
And yet that’s not really what this car is about – while it’s good to know the power is there when you need it, we preferred to use the car’s pure-electric running and plush ride for a calm and comfortable commute – rather than on the ragged edge.
As we’ve already mentioned, the Skoda Superb is no sports car. But don’t let that detract from what is a thoroughly adept and capable car to drive. In its standard settings, the Superb’s controls are light but predictable. The steering lacks feel, but you’re never unsure of where the front wheels are pointing, and there’s plenty of grip.
Flick through to Sport mode and the engine will engage automatically, while also adding weight to the controls. The six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is responsive in its automatic mode, and some models come with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for extra engagement.
Ultimately, the Superb iV prioritises comfort over handling, but should you want or need to hustle the car along with more enthusiasm, this is a family car that rarely feels out of its depth.
In This Review
- 1VerdictGreat 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 costsThe 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
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingDespite 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 & comfortGone are the days when a Skoda felt like it was built using castoffs from the Volkswagen parts bin; the Superb iV feels plush and premium – especially in its pricier trim levels
- 6Practicality & boot spaceYou’ll struggle to find such a practical hybrid family car – only the Skoda Superb iV Estate offers more space per pound
- 7Reliability & safetyThe latest Skoda Superb fared well in the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and there’s plenty of safety kit as standard