SKODA

SKODA SUPERB HATCHBACK 1.4 TSI iV SE Technology DSG 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined201.8 mpg

Skoda's Superb doesn't yet feature mild hybrid engine tech but it can these days be had with a plug-in petrol electric drivetrain. That's the engineering formula delivered by the variant we look at here, the Superb iV. This derivative claims to be able to provide up to 35 miles of all-electric WLTP-rated driving range plus a WLTP combined cycle fuel figure of over 150mpg. Interested yet?

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The Skoda Superb goes electrified in iV plug-in guise. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Skoda's Superb doesn't yet feature mild hybrid engine tech but it can these days be had with a plug-in petrol electric drivetrain. That's the engineering formula delivered by the variant we look at here, the Superb iV. This derivative claims to be able to provide up to 35 miles of all-electric WLTP-rated driving range plus a WLTP combined cycle fuel figure of over 150mpg. Interested yet?

Background

In the future, we're going to see plenty of electrified models from Skoda, but this was the first, the Superb iV plug-in petrol hybrid. In case you're wondering by the way, 'iV' stands for 'innovative Vehicle'. This car was launched in the Autumn of 2019 but it's actually surprising that we didn't see it earlier because it's based on all the same mechanicals used by the Volkswagen Passat GTE - which has been on sale since 2016. Still, better late than never and in true Skoda style, the Superb iV takes a VW package, then adds value and a lower price to it. And in this case, more interior space and some extra 'Simply Clever' interior features too.

Driving Experience

The Superb iV features the old 1.4 TSI petrol unit that used to be offered in conventional form in the range (that's now been replaced by a 1.5-litre TSI powerplant). With this plug-in model, the mechanical recipe is just as it is in this car's cousin, the Volkswagen Passat GTE. So that relatively elderly engine (and an equally old-tech 6-speed DSG gearbox) are wedded to a very modern slice of electrification, namely an 85kW electric motor (which boosts total system output to 218PS) and a 13kWh battery which, when fully charged, can provide up to 35 miles of all-electric WLTP-rated driving range. According to circumstance, this set-up swaps between electric and petrol - or seamlessly combines them. And you can drive this part-electric variant in either a frugal 'Hybrid' setting or a press-on 'Sport' mode, the latter enabling a potential 62mph sprint time of 7.8s en route to 138mph. The days are long gone when a Superb tackled twisting roads with all the agility of a Channel ferry. The installation of a stiff, sophisticated Volkswagen Group MQB platform into this third generation model in 2015 delivered a level of handling prowess broadly comparable with its close cousin, the Volkswagen Passat. Which means that though this Skoda remains very much comfort-orientated, it's these days surprising capable should the need arise for you to push it along a bit.

Design and Build

As with any ordinary Superb, the iV plug-in model offers a body style choice between hatch and estate. Visual changes to this revised version of Skoda's third generation Superb are relatively slight; you'll need to be a brand enthusiast to note the smarter, narrower full-LED headlamps and tail lights, plus the restyled bumpers and revised badging. The front grille now bears double slats, is larger and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim strip, which connects the full LED tail lights and the new 'SKODA' block lettering, might catch the eye, as might the smarter 18 and 19-inch wheel designs. Inside, if you owned an earlier version of this MK3 model, you might notice this revised car's extra chrome highlighting, the revised seat covers and the extra decorative trims for the centre console and dashboard. Added 'Simply Clever' touches include a space organiser beneath the boot floor. And a 'Phone Box' system that allows for inductive handset charging. A fully digital 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument display screen is now optional too, replacing their usual dials. As ever with a Superb, space for rear seat passengers is class-leading thanks to this MK3 model's lengthy 2,841mm wheelbase. The boot capacity of this plug-in model falls quite a lot over what you'd get in a conventional Superb model but it's still pretty decent. For the Hatch iV variant, it's 485-litres - or 510-litres for the Estate version.

Market and Model

Skoda rather ambitiously thinks that this iV plug-in variant will take around 30% of total Superb sales, even though this powertrain is only available with the top three trim levels at hefty pricing in the £35,000-£39,000 bracket, figures that these days there's no government assistance to slightly reduce. The spec options in question are 'SE L', 'Sportline Plus' and top 'Laurin & Klement'. Even the 'SE L' model comes with quite a lot. Tick off privacy glass and full-Matrix LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and 'Dynamic' scrolling indicators, plus cornering front fog lamps. 'SE L' trim also gets you 18-inch 'Zenith' wheels, an electrically-operated tailgate, headlamp washers and keyless entry. Inside, 'SE L' spec entitles you to full leather upholstery with contrast white stitching and both heat and power adjustment for the memory foam front seats. Plus there's a colour multi-function trip computer and a 'Drive Mode Selection' system with 'Comfort', Normal', 'Sport', 'Eco' and 'Individual' options. All Superb iV variants feature the very complete 'Amundsen' centre-dash infotainment screen package with built-in navigation. There's also an 'Adaptive Cruise Control' system that incorporates a clever 'Predictive Cruise Control' feature which uses images from a windscreen camera, along with navigation data, to adjust the car's speed ahead of bends and speed restrictions.

Cost of Ownership

If you've read other sections of this report, you'll know that this Superb iV model mates a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor powered by a 13kWh battery which, when fully charged, can provide up to 35 miles of all-electric WLTP-rated driving range. As a result, it's quite likely that with a typical commute, a Superb iV owner would only need to actually visit a fuel station every month or two. Assuming you install the 3.6kW wallbox charger in your garage, the battery can be replenished from empty in three and a half hours. From an ordinary household plug, the charging time figure rises to around 5 hours. The result of all this technology is a WLTP combined cycle fuel economy figure of up to 156.9mpg and a super-clean NEDC-rated CO2 output of up to 34g/km, these readings based around use of this variant's most frugal 'Hybrid' driving mode. As with any plug-in model, the official fuel return is a fantasy figure, but that impressive CO2 reading means a low VED band B and significant company car tax savings. A slight downside with this variant lies with the fact that the battery's positioning under the rear seat necessitates a reduction in fuel tank size from 66 to 50-litres, but even so, you should still be able to manage around 550 miles between refills.

Summary

To justify its continued existence in the Skoda line-up, the Superb is a model that needs to diversify a little - and this iV plug-in variant represents a good start in that direction. Yes, the quoted fuel and CO2 figures would be virtually impossible to achieve in real-world motoring, but then that's the case with any plug-in or EV model you care to name. What's important is that the government believes them. Hence the way that this model can deliver impressively low Benefit-in-Kind taxation ratings for its (mainly business-orientated) customer clientele. We're a little disappointed that prices are a little on the high side. Yes, technology like this costs, but if the brand had offered the iV drivetrain with lower-order specs, then this plug-in model could have been offered much closer to the £30,000 price point - which would have usefully widened its appeal. Still, if that's not an issue, you'll find plenty to like here.

  • Rain sensor
  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function

  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, CBC, multi-collision brake (MKB) and Auto hold

  • Dynamic chassis control

  • CareConnect and Emergency Call
  • Bluetooth system
  • Voice control system

  • Front assist with pedestrian protection
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • E mode button for electric/hybrid drive

  • Stop/start engine system and energy recovery

  • Unique iV instrument panel
  • Driver fatigue sensor

  • Electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with memory function
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Unique decorative door sills front and rear

  • E-noise generator for electric drive with noise emitted upto speed of 50km/h

  • Bolero radio with 8" touchscreen display
  • in-car voice enchancement
  • 2 USB ports
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome window surround
  • Unique front grille with chrome-plated elements and charging socket cover
  • Unique iV badge on tailgate

  • Light assist with High beam control
  • Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)
  • Front fog lights

  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Ice scraper
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar
  • Two charging cables 16amp for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3) and 10amp mains charge cable (mode 2)
  • Removable parcel shelf
  • One umbrella compartments in driver door with one umbrella in drivers door
  • Storage compartment for charging cables under the luggage compartment mat
  • Storage compartment with cover in luggage compartment side panels
  • Sport button for hybrid drive delivering maximum system performance
  • 12v power point in centre console

  • Interior lights with control switches

  • 7 airbags - Front, front side, curtain, driver's knee airbag with front passenger deactivation switch
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning light
  • 3 rear seatbelts

  • Split folding rear seats
  • Isofix child seat fittings on outer rear seats
  • Height adjustable front and rear head restraints

  • Alarm with interior monitoring tilt sensor and back up horn
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with SAFE system

  • XDS+

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 210
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 144
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 3.6
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 44
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 60
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 37

  • CO2 (g/km): 32
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.018
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min: 207
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max: 228
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min: 113
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Min: 7
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Max: 20
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 28
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 28
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 42

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80
  • CC: 1395

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 201.8

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min: 31
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max: 28.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min: 5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 0.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 0.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Min: 941.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Max: 353.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 148.7

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 25E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 218
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: SE Technology
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 160
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1550
  • Engine Power - BHP: 218
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 138
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STRATOS
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 2031
  • Height: 1468
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4869
  • Width: 1864
  • Wheelbase: 2841

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1655
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2250
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 53
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 485
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 595
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1610
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

  • Heated windscreen: £315
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzles: £55
  • Rear windscreen wiper: £0

  • Textile floor mat set: £85

  • Wireless charging: £270

  • Area view: £815
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors): £425
  • Traffic sign recognition: £90
  • Adaptive cruise control: Included
  • Lane change assist and blind spot detection: £525
  • Rear view parking camera: £385
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS): Included
  • Front and rear parking sensor with area view and trailer assist: £1,090
  • Park assist with area view 360 and trailer assist: £1,395
  • Travel assist - virtual cockpit, traffic sign recognition, adaptive lane assist, predictive adaptive cruise control, traffic jam and emergency assist: £1,015
  • Travel assist - park assist, virtual cockpit, traffic sign recognition, adaptive lane assist, predictive ACC and traffic jam and emergency assist: £1,295

  • Columbus HDD satellite 3D map navigation with 9.2" colour touch screen, web radio, integrated Wi-Fi, SmartLink+ with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: £1,025
  • Wireless smartlink+ apple carplay, SmartLink+ android auto and mirror link connectivity: Included
  • Amundsen HDD satellite navigation system with 8" colour TFT touch screen, web radio and integrated Wi-Fi: Included
  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display: £475
  • Multifunction colour trip computer: Included

  • Canton sound system - 610W 10 channel digital amp with 12 speakers, 200W subwoofer, noise cancellation, digital equaliser and 3D surround sound: £645

  • Exclusive paint: £975
  • Pearlescent paint: £595
  • Special paint: £595
  • Sunroof: £920
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Low LED headlights with daytime running lights: Included
  • LED rear lights - low functionality: Included
  • Full matrix LED headlights with AFS LED DRL integrated with headlight washer LED rear lights(High function), dynamic indicators and lighting animation: £1,970

  • Dual zone electronic climate control + Nano-E humidity sensor: Included
  • Tri zone climate control: £320

  • Virtual pedal for boot opening: £590
  • Sunblind for rear windscreen+rear side windows: £265
  • Sunblind for rear side windows: £185
  • Electrically operated Boot release: £435
  • 1x USB Type C port in rear view mirror panel: £135
  • 2 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel: £145
  • 2 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shift: £245
  • 2 spoke leather multifunction steering wheel: Included
  • Waste bin in door panel: £25
  • Boot net programme: £60

  • Smoker's pack - Superb: £35

  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £595
  • Metallic - Business grey: £595
  • Metallic - Magnetic brown: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Moon white: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Special paint - Candy white: £595
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £975

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £475

  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory and lumbar support: Included
  • Electrically adjustable front seats: £630
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Heated front and rear seats Includes digital clock: £220
  • ISOFIX on front passenger seat: £50
  • Rear backrest release from boot: £95
  • Height adjustable front passenger seat: Included
  • Fold flat front passenger seat: £105

  • Keyless entry and start/stop: £315
  • Third remote key: £35
  • Keyless start/stop: Included

  • Integrated tow bar with adapter: £820

  • Leather - Black: £0

  • 18" Antares alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts and super ROWI tyres: £490
  • 18" Zenith alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts and super ROWI tyres: £490
  • 17" Stratos alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 17" Triton alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts and super ROWI tyres: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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