Skoda Superb iV: prices, specifications and release date

Skoda's first plug-in hybrid – the Superb iV – offering up to 35 miles of electric range is now here, but is it worth the extra cost?

Chris Rosamond
Nov 15, 2019

Skoda is known for a range of handsome, practical and affordable cars that offer much of what its parent brand Volkswagen brings to the party in terms of technology and engineering, all for a lower cost, while sacrificing just a little of the upmarket fit and finish of VW’s own models.

It’s a recipe that has served Skoda well in recent years, and the range-topping Superb model is a fine example of the formula. It offers the space and comfort of rivals such as the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series, but without the imposing price tag. In fact, in terms of pricing the regular Superb is aligned more closely to less exciting rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia.

With hatchback and estate car bodystyles, a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, DSG automatic gearboxes and even four-wheel drive available, there’s not much the Superb can’t offer large car customers - especially now the new Superb iV is here to fill the plug-in gap too.

The Superb iV is the Skoda brand’s first plug-in hybrid, and uses a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine combined with a 85kW electric motor and a battery pack that requires three-and-a-half hours to charge using a wall-box – or public fast charger. Regularly charge the battery for the best mix of electric range and fuel economy and the efficiency gains are impressive.

Quick facts

  • First Skoda plug-in hybrid
  • Priced from £31,970
  • 1.4-litre petrol engine and 85kW motor
  • Combined output is 218hp
  • Up to 35 miles of all-electric range
  • 3.5 hour charge time using 3.6kW wall box

Although the Superb iV is an impressive performer and exceptionally efficient, unless you’re a committed eco-warrior who's determined to buy a brand new car, we can’t help thinking the Superb iV makes the strongest argument yet for buying a pre-registered or nearly new Superb model instead if you want the best value for money.

Think about it – a high-specification Superb iV L&K hatchback costs just shy of £39,000, while here on BuyaCar a pre-registered 69-plate 2.0 TSI petrol L&K model with just 10 miles on the clock can be had for almost £9,000 less. That saving would pay for over 50,000 miles of fuel at current prices, and that’s before you even start totting up the petrol or electricity costs for the hybrid version.

 

Alternatively, look at the entry-level Superb iV SE estate plug-in hybrid costing £33,250, and then consider that we've found a 19-plate 1.5 TSI SE estate here on BuyaCar with just 1,172 miles on the clock for just £21,000. The £12,250 saving is enough for comfortably more than 80,000 miles of petrol. We know where our money would go.

Skoda Superb iV specifications and models

There are four trim levels in the Superb iV range, which is a couple fewer than are offered on non-hybrid models. However Skoda has decided to make all versions available in both hatchback and estate variants, which extends the choice even further.

The cheapest Superb iV comes in SE Technology trim, so entry-level S and standard SE models are off the menu if you want a hybrid. That does mean Superb iVs come pretty well equipped though, with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, privacy glass, leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, drive mode selection, eight-inch touchscreen media system with sat-nav, and Skoda SmartLink that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Mirrorlink phone connectivity via Bluetooth with voice control.

The SE L trim has adaptive full LED matrix headlamps, 18-inch alloys, heated seats and more interior luxuries, while Sportline Plus rolls on 19-inch alloys and gets sporty body trim and moody blacked out trim elements for the grill, door mirrors and around the windows. The sporty theme continues inside with suede-like Alcantara seats plus there’s an upgraded 9.2-inch touchscreen, and a sharper drive thanks to dynamic steering and a sports chassis, plus the Virtual Cockpit user-configurable digital dashboard display in place of traditional dials.

The range-topping Laurin & Klement (L&K) features all the luxuries you could wish for, including all-round heated seats with memory settings, three-zone climate control, and it also gets the Virtual Cockpit.

Skoda Superb iV prices and delivery dates

The plug-in hybrid Skoda Superb goes on sale in January 2020, when the first models arrive in the UK. However Skoda has announced Superb iV prices in advance of that, and the entry-level model is the £31,970 iV SE hatchback.

Next up is the iV SE L hatchback priced at £34,755, followed by the iV SportLine hatchback at £38,490. The range-topping iV L&K hatchback is £38,960. If you want an estate version of any of the trim levels, you need to add a further £1,280 to the respective price.

Skoda Superb iV economy and performance

All Superb iVs share the same plug-in hybrid format, which consists of a fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine coupled to an 85kW electric motor. The combined output of the two working together is 218hp, which should be enough to produce perky performance, although Skoda has not yet released official figures. By way of comparison the 2.0 TSI in the non-hybrid makes less power at 190hp - though without batteries or an electric motor, it's likely to be notably lighter too - whisking the Superb hatch from 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds and on to a 148mph maximum.

However the 2.0TSI also pumps out 140g/km of CO2 while returning a maximum 38.2mpg on the latest fuel economy cycle. The Superb iV plug-in hybrid hatch eclipses this official test figure with a measly 40g/km CO2 at best - though that relies upon regularly charging the car. Fail to do so and it'll emit much more and use far more fuel than this. Although Skoda has yet to release an official MPG figure it claims you can travel up to 578 miles on a full petrol tank and fully charged battery in hybrid mode.

Skoda Superb iV electric range and charge times

The lithium battery pack in the Superb iV will charge from empty to full in three-and-a-half hours if using the standard 3.6kW wall charger. You can select 'EV' mode to drive using only electric power, and Skoda claims a real-world range of 35 miles on batteries alone. This is likely to be more than adequate for many owners' commutes - provided they remember to charge every day - which could make the iV hybrid a very frugal option for some.

Those who drive many miles at motorway speeds will not find the plug-in hybrid set-up nearly as beneficial, as the batteries are likely to deplete faster at higher speeds. Once the batteries are empty, the 1.4-litre petrol engine then has to work harder, lugging the extra weight of batteries and electric motor with little economy benefit, which means that longer trips are likely to prove far less economical than the official figures suggests.

Skoda Superb iV technology

Aside from the elements of battery and electric motor, the new Superb iV hybrid comes with additional driving modes. E-mode is for driving on battery power only - provided there's charge left in the batteries - while Sport mode delivers maximum performance from the engine and motor together.

In hybrid driving modes the display shows electric range available, as well as the potential for improvement if you switch off features like air-conditioning and heated seats, to encourage more economical driving.

Otherwise the iV gets the same raft of technology offered across the standard Superb line-up. That means you get features like dynamic chassis control, the optional Virtual Cockpit digital dials and Skoda’s latest MIB3 media system with a built-in SIM card for data connection.

 

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