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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

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
149-217mpg30-42g/km36-37 miles3hrs 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.

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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.

Charge time

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.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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