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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

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs rating

4.0 out of 5

Insurance groupsWarrantyService interval2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
26-273yrs / 60,000 miles1yr / 18,000 milesFrom £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 plug-in hybrid insurance group

Insurance for the Skoda Superb iV should be relatively affordable. The SE L specification falls into the same group 26 as a like-for-like 2.0-litre TSI 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.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

Road tax

Plug-in hybrids, despite their favourable CO2 emissions, are only liable for a £10 reduction in annual road tax – so you’ll pay £140 a year, as opposed to £150 for one of the conventional petrol or diesel models. That’s the same for all of the Skoda’s rivals.

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