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SKODA SUPERB HATCHBACK

1.4 TSI iV SE L DSG 5dr

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Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Mileage
Mileage 188.30mpg
Co2
Co2 34.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 140mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bluetooth system
  • CareConnect and Emergency Call
  • Driver fatigue sensor
  • E mode button for electric/hybrid drive
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • Front assist with pedestrian protection
  • Multifunction colour trip computer
  • Stop/start engine system and energy recovery
  • Third generation infotainment system including built in SIM card
  • Unique iV instrument panel
  • Voice control system
  • Wireless SmartLink for Apple Car Play

Entertainment

  • Bolero radio with 8" touchscreen display
  • DAB Digital radio
  • in-car voice enchancement
  • SD card slot
  • USB type C port

Exterior Features

  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome strip between rear lights and lower strip on side doors
  • Chrome window surround
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with memory function
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Full matrix LED headlights with AFS LED DRL integrated with headlight washer LED rear lights(High function), dynamic indicators and lighting animation
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensor
  • Unique front grille with chrome-plated elements and charging socket cover
  • Unique iV badge on tailgate

Interior Features

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Height adjustable front and rear head restraints
  • Ice scraper
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Interior lights with control switches
  • Isofix child seat fittings on outer rear seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • One umbrella compartments in driver door with one umbrella in drivers door
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Removable LED light in boot
  • Removable parcel shelf
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Sport button for hybrid drive delivering maximum system performance
  • Storage compartment for charging cables under the luggage compartment mat
  • Storage compartment with cover in luggage compartment side panels
  • Textile floor mat set
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar
  • Two charging cables 16amp for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3) and 10amp mains charge cable (mode 2)

Safety

  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 7 airbags - Front, front side, curtain, driver's knee airbag with front passenger deactivation switch
  • Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning light
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, CBC, multi-collision brake (MKB) and Auto hold
  • Hill start assist
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

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

Technical

  • Dynamic chassis control
  • E-noise generator for electric drive with noise emitted upto speed of 50km/h
  • XDS+

Trim

  • Unique decorative door sills front and rear

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    13
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    210
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    3.6
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    144
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    42
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    16.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    57
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    35

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    34
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.018
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max
    164
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min
    144
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    176
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    147
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max
    136
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min
    119
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max
    228
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min
    213
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max
    142
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min
    132
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Max
    20
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Min
    9
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    30
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    42
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    30

Engine and Drive Train

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

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    188.3
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    51.4

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    0.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    0.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Max
    353.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Min
    706.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max
    6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max
    10
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max
    39.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min
    44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max
    36.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min
    43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max
    47.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min
    54.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max
    28.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min
    30.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max
    44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    148.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    217.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    218
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    SE L
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    2
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

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

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    ZENITH
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1468
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4869
  • Wheelbase
    2841
  • Width
    1864
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2031

Weight and Capacities

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

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

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.

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