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Skoda Superb hybrid reliability & safety rating

The latest Skoda Superb fared well in the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and there’s plenty of safety kit as standard

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.5 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2015 - rating expired)86%86%75%

The Skoda Superb was assessed by independent crash-test body Euro NCAP when it launched in 2015. And while it’s comforting to know it was awarded the full five stars back then, the tests have become much more stringent and harder to pass in recent years.

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However, an 86% score for both adult and child protection is very good, while standard autonomous emergency braking helped it to a score of 75% in the safety assist category. While the iV hasn’t been scored specifically, you can rest assured that all the technology that makes the standard car safe is also applicable to this hybrid model.

Skoda Superb iV reliability & problems

While the plug-in hybrid version of the Skoda Superb was too new to feature in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the standard petrol and diesel models did exceptionally well – finishing 10th in our rundown of the top 75 new cars. The Superb didn't feature in our 2022 list, however.

Owners praised the Superb’s practicality and space, as well as its build quality, interior and comfort. It didn’t do so well for ride and handling (remember, the Superb is no sports car) nor for safety features – although the latest models come well equipped in this area, as you’ll see below.

Safety

The Skoda Superb comes loaded with safety kit, including autonomous emergency braking, seven airbags, adaptive cruise control and even a driver drowsiness sensor.  Some key bits of kit will cost you extra, however. This includes lane-keeping assistance with blind-spot monitoring and traffic-sign recognition.

Neither would perhaps be considered essential, but they’re good to have if you spend a lot of time on the motorway – or in built-up areas where road signs can be confusing. That said, the matrix LED lights are fantastic, and will be a blessing for those who spend much of their lives commuting in the dark.

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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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