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Skoda Superb iV long-term test | plug-in hybrid joins our fleet

7 Skoda Superb iV
Skoda
BIK List Price
£36,035
Skoda Superb BIK list price
BIK Percentage
10%
Skoda Superb BIK Percent
CO2
33g/km
Skoda Superb CO2
Combined MPG
201.8 (WLTP)
Skoda Superb MPG

Review

When we first drove the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid at the tail end of 2019, we described it as an “attractive” proposition for company car drivers.

With benefit-in-kind taxation (BIK) from just £60 per month for a 20% taxpayer, or £721 a year, on a £36,000 car, attractive is arguably a huge undersell.

Remember, the Superb is a five-time winner at the Fleet News Awards: you simply cannot get a better upper-medium car. And the PHEV model saves a company car driver £1,300 a year in BIK compared with the 2.0-litre diesel, despite carrying a £5,500 price premium.

The good news continues for fleet operators: at 36.47ppm, running costs are 4ppm cheaper, resulting in a saving of almost £3,500 over four years/80,000 miles – although these figures are based on full-time electric running, which is a little unreasonable, despite the Superb’s impressive 34-mile range.

Using fuel cost at 50% of diesel, rather than 0%, as a comparison may wipe out the overall running cost saving, but still leaves the PHEV in an advantageous total cost of ownership position when national insurance and corporation tax savings are added to the mix.

Our test car is the SE L hatch, which comes loaded with equipment. The only option is metallic paint at £595, taking the price to £36,685.

Standard fit includes adaptive cruise control, sat-nav with eight-inch touchscreen, blind spot detection, driver fatigue sensor, dynamic chassis control, electrically-operated boot, multi-collision braking, front/rear sensors, voice control and wireless Apple CarPlay amid an extensive list. We’ll delve into more detail in future reviews.

The Superb is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI 156PS petrol with an 85kW/115PS electric motor for total power of 218PS. Combined fuel efficiency is 148.7 to 217.3mpg, while CO2 emissions are just 30g/km.

The battery does eat into the boot space, reducing capacity from 625 litres to 485. Nevertheless, that’s still competitive.

Top Speed
138mph
Skoda Superb Top Speed
VED band
B
Skoda Superb Ved
Fuel Type
Petrol Hybrid
Skoda Superb Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £13,625
4 Year 80k : £10,400
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 48.20
4 Year 80k : 43.47

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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