Skoda Superb hybrid review

Great practicality, rock-bottom running costs and a very competitive list price mean the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid is a true class leader

Skoda Superb iV
£33,255 - £40,245
Plug-in hybrid

Pros

  • Hugely practical
  • Wide range of trim levels
  • Very low company-car tax

Cons

  • Home or work charging point needed
  • Styling too conservative for some
  • Not the sportiest car to drive
Car type Electric range Fuel economy CO2 emissions
Plug-in hybrid 36-37 miles 149-217mpg 30-42g/km

The Skoda Superb has long offered a compelling combination of comfort, interior space and executive-grade quality at an affordable price.

Now, it has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain option, too, available across the range in SE Technology, SE L, SportLine and L&K trim levels, and with either a hatchback or cavernous estate body, the latter of which we've reviewed separately.

Like its petrol and diesel siblings, the Superb iV undercuts the equivalent Volkswagen Passat (the GTE) by several thousand pounds and should prove very popular as a company-car choice.

This is especially so for the plug-in version, with its low CO2 emissions attracting just 12% Benefit-in-Kind tax in the 2020-21 financial year. That compares to a whopping 34% for the 2.0-litre diesel version – so it's not hard to see why Skoda expects the iV to account for up to a quarter of Superb sales in the UK.

It’s no sports car but the Superb iV drives well, displaying a fine blend of comfort and handling. It’ll do 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds thanks to its powerful electric motor and punchy petrol engine – particularly impressive when you consider the fact it should manage more than 30 miles on electric power alone.

Overall, it's very hard to find fault with the Superb iV. Like all plug-in hybrids, it'll only be truly cost-effective if you have access to a charging point at home or work, but provided that's the case, you're getting all the financial benefits that come with this drivetrain wrapped up in the best (and best value) large family car on sale today.

For a more detailed look at the Skoda Superb hybrid, read on for the rest of our in-depth review.