Skoda Superb hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
Very 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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|149-217mpg||30-42g/km||36-37 miles||3hrs 30mins (0-100%, 3.6kW)|
The Superb iV’s low running costs look particularly compelling compared to those of its petrol and diesel-engined siblings, and they’re competitive with hybrid rivals, too. Of course, as with any plug-in hybrid, if you can’t, don’t or won’t connect it to a power supply on a regular basis, then you’ll end up spending much more on fuel in the long run.
Skoda Superb iV range, MPG & CO2 emissions
The Skoda Superb iV makes for a fantastic company car, thanks largely to its low CO2 emissions and usable electric range. The fact it can officially do 35 miles on a charge and emits less than 50g/km of CO2 means it falls into the 12% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax band. That’s incredibly tempting, and could save business users a whole heap of money on their annual tax bill.
Fuel economy could top 200mpg if you avoid using the petrol engine. But, as always with plug-in hybrids, this assumes making full use of the car's electric range by charging its batteries whenever possible. If you use the petrol engine rather than the cable to charge the battery – a function accessible through the car’s infotainment system – you’ll find your average fuel economy plummets.
Living with a Superb iV, we saw around 45.1mpg after not charging the battery for extended periods. That's impressive for a car weighing 1,752kg, but still far below the 200mpg or higher this car would be capable of if we'd been able to charge it fully.
A 3.6kW home wallbox will top up the Superb iV’s battery in three-and-a-half hours – but that’s the fastest you’ll manage, because the Skoda’s on-board technology is capped at this speed. Skoda claims you can do the same task from a three-pin domestic socket in five hours – plenty quick enough to charge overnight and ensure you wake up every morning with a full battery.
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 & charging - currently readingVery 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?