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Skoda Superb iV PHEV

Price: £33,255 - £41,470

Smooth, silent and sophisticated, the Skoda Superb is a winner. Just don’t expect it to be fun to drive.

  • Battery size: 13kWh
  • Distance per £: 19 miles
  • Battery warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles
  • Emissions: 40g/km
  • Range: 35 miles (electric)

Ginny Says

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9/10

“Skoda, once the butt of many comedians jokes, make some superb cars these days. So is this one of them? Yes, the Superb lives up to its name. You won't have the most exciting car on the block but you will get quality, comfort and space all at an affordable price - and this plug-in version add the bonus of low benefit-in-kind tax.”

Tom Says

8/10

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“This is Skoda's re-think of the VW Passat GTE, with a 1.4-litre engine, electric motor - and a plug. That means it's got the same sort of power as a V6 but with decent fuel consumption and 30-35 miles of EV range. I'm a sucker for an estate too, and the huge Superb is one of the best. It's champagne tech for beer money! ”

It takes some guts to call your car ‘Superb’ doesn’t it? Well, Skoda is a pretty ballsy company these days and the Superb is really rather good at what it does. It is huge inside, well built, great value and good to drive. It's now got a plug in hybrid option too, making it even more attractive.

Skoda originally used the Superb name in the 1930s but nobody remembers that. You’ll probably be more aware of the models called Superb which Skoda introduced from 2001 onwards.They’re closely related to the Volkswagen Passat but with more interior space and tend to represent better value for money.

What started out as a rather dour and conventional saloon car 20 years ago has morphed into a serious, stylish and appealing car available as a hatchback and as an estate. And from 2019 onwards the Superb now comes as a plug-in hybrid to make it a little more - erm, superb at what it does.

You can tell a Superb plug-in hybrid apart from the normal petrol and diesel versions by its name. The ‘iV’ is the moniker Skoda has chosen for its full-electric (like the Skoda Citigo-e iV) and part-electric models like this Superb. 

The familiar Passat GTE is the VW equivalent of the Superb iV and uses the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine attached to an electric motor and plug-in battery set-up. Both offer around 35 miles of pure electric driving and wildly unreachable official fuel economy figures of 235mpg. 

Skodas have long been considered good value for money and it’s no different with the Superb iV. While the price range may seem a little steep (£33,000 to £41,500), it’s not only 15 per cent cheaper than its sister car, but also around 20 per cent cheaper than an entry-level BMW 330e. Okay, some may say the BMW badge and the 330e’s crisper handling characteristics are worth that extra cash, but it’s a smaller car and isn’t as well equipped as the Skoda. 

Skoda says the Superb iV will manage up to 35 miles on pure electricity – the same, unsurprisingly, as the Passat GTE and similar to the BMW 330e and Volvo S60 T8. As it covers less than 40 miles on electricity, the Superb falls into the 12% benefit-in-kind company car tax bracket, and when you remember than most equivalent diesels are at the 37% mark, there are some big savings to be made by going for the iV plug-in hybrid.

But you really have to remember to plug it as often as you can. If you don’t your fuel economy will plummet to around 40mpg – keep the battery topped up and you should get near to 70mpg (don’t believe the frankly ridiculous 235mpg claim unless you use the battery power most of the time and hardly ever bother the petrol engine). 

Elsewhere and the Superb is a very relaxing car to drive. It comes as standard with clever adaptive dampers for the suspension (so you can make the ride uncomfortable or pillowy soft) and it’s a car that likes to waft around and not be harried. 

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