Skoda Superb hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
Gone 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
On the outside, Skoda has retained the Superb's subtly classy looks for the iV, with no obvious cues setting it apart from the petrol and diesel versions. The charge port is concealed in the front grille until you need it, and there are just a few subtle 'iV' badges to be found at various points on the body.
It’s a similar story inside; you’d be hard-pressed to tell this hybrid Superb apart from its petrol or diesel-powered siblings. But that’s no bad thing – the Superb feels well built and surprisingly luxurious, especially from the driver or front passenger seat.
Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid dashboard
The Skoda Superb punches well above its weight when it comes to quality, fit and finish. The dashboard comprises an eight-inch touchscreen display, featuring sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all cars. Sportline and L&K models get a larger 9.2-inch screen, elevating the Superb’s high-end feel even further; this setup is optional throughout the range if you spec it at the point of order.
The Audi-style 'Virtual Cockpit' digital dials look great and offer a pleasing degree of functionality. These are only standard on Sportline and L&K cars, but again can be specified on other models for an extra cost.
Equipment, options & accessories
The Superb iV hatchback is only available in SE Technology, SE L, Sportline and range-topping L&K trims – buyers aren't able to pair the entry-level S and SE specs with the plug-in hybrid powertrain. As such, all cars come pretty well equipped, with every model featuring at least 17-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors front and rear and a digital radio.
SE L gets bigger wheels, matrix LED lights, privacy glass, heated leather seats and a powered tailgate. This is the version we recommend – it’s unlikely many buyers will ever want the longer kit list offered by Sportline or L&K cars.
Speaking of the Sportline Plus model, this adds racier styling. It gets a sportier bodykit and 19-inch wheels, as well as Alcantara sports seats and a larger sat-nav screen. The range-topping L&K indulges occupants with ventilated leather seats, three-zone climate control and a 9.2-inch dashboard display screen for the infotainment.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The Skoda Superb comes with one of the slickest touchscreens in the business. The standard eight-inch display is brilliant, so unless you must have the latest, flashiest and biggest screen, we wouldn’t worry about spending the £1,210 to upgrade to the 9.2-inch set-up on SE L cars. Instead, we’d think about specifying the excellent 'Virtual Cockpit' dials – they give the Superb a far superior high-tech feel and add a welcome degree of functionality. We love them.
Likewise, the Superb iV we've been living with came with the amazing Wireless Smartlink, so you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via bluetooth. When tried it with Apple CarPlay, and the system was slick, responsive and easy to navigate, making the built-in sat nav redundant for us.
The Skoda Connect app can be used to check the car's battery charging status, start or stop charging and even operate the air-con when it's plugged in. This system also features full Amazon Alexa integration, meaning these actions can be carried out by voice command to an Alexa or Google Home device.
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 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 & comfort - currently readingGone 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?