Skoda Superb Estate hybrid range, charging, MPG & CO2 emissions
For both electric range and petrol-engine efficiency, the Superb iV plug-in hybrid is impressive and competitive with rivals
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|149-202mpg||33-42g/km||32-37 miles||3hrs 30mins (0-100%, 3.6kW)|
The Skoda Superb iV Estate is very competitive with rivals in terms of its official electric range and petrol-engine fuel efficiency. More importantly, in real-world use it has proven to be usefully more efficient than many of those rivals, hence our high score for it here.
Skoda Superb Estate hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
The plug-in hybrid Superb Estate is impressively efficient. We achieved nearly 30 miles of electric running in 10-degree weather with a little motorway and rural-road mileage included. Perhaps more impressive is that the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine managed over 42mpg even when run without battery charge, making it just as economical as the smaller and lighter BMW 3 Series Touring and far more economical than other potential family plug-in hybrids like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
There are all the battery modes you'd expect in this car, too. You can force pure-electric driving, hold the state of battery charge until later in the journey (which is advisable if you commute up the motorway and then want electric power for city miles at the end of the drive) and the option to charge the battery with the petrol engine – but you’ll pay a penalty in fuel economy for doing that.
The Skoda’s charging speed is capped at 3.6kW, which is much the same as most plug-in hybrids. It means that the car will fully charge in around three-and-a-half hours from a standard home wallbox, or you can plug into a normal three-pin domestic socket for a charge time of five hours.
The Skoda comes with a Type 2 cable for plugging into wallboxes and AC public chargers, as well as a cable for charging up from a domestic three-pin socket. There’s also dedicated cable storage under the boot floor, to keep the charging cables neatly out of the way.
In This Review
- 1VerdictRoomy, sweet to drive, good value by plug-in standards and efficient even with little charge, the Superb Estate is one of the best PHEVs there is
- 2Range, charging, MPG & CO2 emissions - currently readingFor both electric range and petrol-engine efficiency, the Superb iV plug-in hybrid is impressive and competitive with rivals
- 3Running costsThe Superb iV can look expensive next to non-electrified variants, but in comparison to plug-in hybrid alternatives, it’s fantastic value for money
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Superb iV plug-in hybrid isn’t thrilling to drive, but standard adaptive suspension is a great addition, giving it comfort and secure handling
- 5Interior & comfortThe Superb iV plug-in hybrid isn't as classy-feeling as a Volkswagen Passat GTE or BMW 330e, but it's still hard to fault
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe plug-in hybrid Superb iV Estate is about as practical as cars get, provided you don’t want four-wheel drive
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Superb iV plug-in hybrid is generally good here, but we’d like lane-keeping assistance and traffic-sign recognition included as standard