Skoda Superb hybrid running costs
The 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
|Insurance groups||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|26-27||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 18,000 miles||From £398 / £797|
The headline figure for any plug-in hybrid is its low CO2 emissions. While these do little to reduce the cost of annual road tax (VED), they do translate to favourable company-car tax rates.
Private buyers should think twice before taking the plunge, as you’re unlikely to save much or any cash when it comes to insurance or servicing either. The big savings come when you use this car as Skoda intended: by plugging it in as often as possible.
Skoda Superb iV insurance group
Insurance for the Skoda Superb iV should be relatively affordable. The mid-range SE L specification falls into the same group 26 as a like-for-like 2.0-litre TSI 190PS DSG petrol version, while even the flagship L&K model matches its petrol sibling (group 27) punch for punch.
However, despite its less desirable badge, the Skoda won't really be cheaper to insure than the equivalent Volkswagen Passat GTE, which lies somewhere between group 26 and group 28 depending on specification.
Like all new Skoda models sold in the UK, the Superb iV comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. That’s competitive, but far from class-leading; the Kia Optima PHEV, while no longer officially on sale in the UK, came with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, so if you can find a secondhand example, chances are it’ll still have a good proportion of that warranty remaining.
It’s worth noting that Skoda customers can extend their warranty to four or five years at additional cost. For peace of mind, the Superb iV’s battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes sooner.
The Superb iV will need servicing once a year or every 18,000 miles – although you can normally rely on the car’s trip computer to tell you when one is due. As with all Superbs, you can buy a service plan at the point of purchase, which covers the first two services at a cost of £285 plus VAT.
Plug-in hybrids, despite their favourable CO2 emissions, are only liable for a £10 reduction in road tax – so you’ll pay £135 a year, as opposed to £145 for one of the conventional petrol or diesel models. That’s the same for all of the Skoda’s rivals.
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 - currently readingThe 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
- 4Engines, drive & performanceDespite 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 & comfortGone are the days when a Skoda felt like it was built using castoffs from the Volkswagen parts bin; the Superb feels plush and premium – especially in its pricier trim levels
- 6Practicality & boot spaceYou’ll struggle to find such a practical hybrid family car – only the Skoda Superb iV Estate offers more space per pound
- 7Reliability & safetyThe latest Skoda Superb fared well in the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and there’s plenty of safety kit as standard