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Skoda Superb hybrid reliability & safety

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

Skoda Superb hybrid
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.5 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2015)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.

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 is too new to have featured in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the standard petrol and diesel models did exceptionally well – finishing 10th in the latest rundown of the top 75 new cars.

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 – though the latest models come well equipped in this area, as you’ll see below.

All of the above should apply to the iV, while the powertrain set-up has been tried and tested in myriad Volkswagen Group products over the years without much cause for concern.

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, which is perhaps why the Superb suffered in the safety category in the 2020 Driver Power survey. You’ll pay an extra £515 for lane-keeping assistance with blind-spot monitoring, for example, and traffic-sign recognition is a further £90. 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 Superb’s matrix LED lights are fantastic, and will be a blessing for those who spend much of their lives commuting to or from work in the dark.

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