Skoda Superb hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
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
|Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
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 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.
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. 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.
Plug-in hybrids, despite their favourable CO2 emissions, are only liable for a £10 reduction in annual road tax (VED) – so you’ll pay £155 a year, as opposed to £165 for one of the conventional petrol or diesel models. It's the same for all of the Skoda’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid rivals. It is possible to spend more than £40,000 on a Superb iV, in which case your annual road tax bill will be over £500 a year until it's six years old.
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 & insurance - 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
- 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 ratingThe 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?