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
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety 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.
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.
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 & 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 rating - currently readingThe 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?