SKODA SUPERB ESTATE 1.4 TSI iV Sport Line Plus DSG 5dr


FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid




0 - 62 mph7.8s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined166.2 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?


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

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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?


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Superb iV features the old 1.4 TSI petrol unit that used to be offered in conventional form in the range (that's now been replaced by a 1.5-litre TSI powerplant).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.


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
  • Rear windscreen wiper

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

  • Textile floor mat set

  • Dynamic chassis control

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

  • Front assist with pedestrian protection
  • Progressive dynamic steering
  • E mode button for electric/hybrid drive

  • Stop/start engine system and energy recovery

  • Unique iV instrument panel
  • Columbus HDD satellite 3D map navigation with 9.2" colour touch screen, web radio, integrated Wi-Fi, SmartLink+ with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 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
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 2 USB ports

  • Gloss black roof rails
  • Rear exhaust diffuser styling elements
  • Gloss black exterior door mirrors with sports styling including front grill, side strip and window surrounds
  • Gloss black strip between rear lights
  • Gloss black grille surround with gloss black rib elements
  • Sport Line badging
  • Black rear badge
  • Unique front grille with chrome-plated elements and charging socket cover
  • Unique iV badge on tailgate

  • Full matrix LED headlights with AFS LED DRL integrated with headlight washer LED rear lights(High function), dynamic indicators and lighting animation
  • Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)
  • Cornering front fog lights

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment
  • Ice scraper
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Black roof headlining
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar
  • Two charging cables 16amp for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3) and 10amp mains charge cable (mode 2)
  • Carbon optic interior elements
  • 3 spoke leather heated multifunction sports steering wheel with silver stitching and DSG paddles
  • 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
  • One umbrella compartments in driver door with one umbrella in drivers door
  • Alcantara/leather upholstery with silver diamond stitching sports seats

  • Interior lights with control switches

  • LED package plus - Superb

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

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

  • Third remote key
  • Alarm with interior monitoring tilt sensor and back up horn
  • Keyless entry and start/stop
  • Remote central locking with SAFE system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

  • 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: 39
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 52
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 32

  • CO2 (g/km): 38
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.018
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max: 228
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Min: 14
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Max: 20
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 36
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 36
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 42

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • 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): 47.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 166.2

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max: 28.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 0.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 0.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Min: 470.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Max: 353.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 176.6
  • 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: 27E
  • 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: Sport line plus
  • 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): 7.8
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: VEGA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/40 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2031
  • Height: 1476
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4862
  • Width: 1864
  • Wheelbase: 2841

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1677
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 53
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 510
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 583
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1800
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

  • Heated windscreen: £315
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzles: £55

  • Wireless charging: £270

  • Traffic sign recognition: £90
  • Area view: £815
  • Adaptive cruise control: Included
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors): £425
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS): Included
  • Lane change assist and blind spot detection: £525
  • Rear view parking camera: £385
  • 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
  • Front and rear parking sensor with area view and trailer assist: £1,090
  • Park assist with area view 360 and trailer assist: £1,395

  • Multifunction colour trip computer: Included
  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display: £475

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

  • Special solid paint: Included
  • Panoramic sunroof: £1,205
  • Exclusive paint: £725
  • Pearlescent paint: £345
  • Metallic paint: £345

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

  • Sunblind for rear side windows: £185
  • Electrically operated Boot release: Included
  • Virtual pedal for boot opening: £160
  • Retractable parcel shelf: £55
  • Removable parcel shelf: Included
  • Boot net programme: £60
  • Partition net screen: £160
  • Waste bin in door panel: £25
  • 1x USB Type C port in rear view mirror panel: £135

  • Smoker's pack - Superb: £35

  • Metallic - Business grey: £345
  • Metallic - Moon white: £345
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £345
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £345
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £345

  • Pearl - Black magic: £345

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £725
  • Exclusive paint - Dragon green: £725
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £725
  • Special solid - Meteor grey: £0
  • Exclusive paint - Race blue: £725

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £475

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

  • Integrated tow bar with adapter: £820

  • Alcantara/leather - Black with silver diamond stitching sports seats: £0

  • 19" Vega alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 19" Supernova anthracite alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £155

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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