2020 Skoda Superb iV hybrid revealed: pricing, specs and release date
Mid-life update for the Skoda Superb executive car brings plug-in hybrid variant, while the Citigo city car is also going electric...
On sale Early 2020 Price from £40,000 (est)
Calling a car the Superb is a bit like christening a ship the Unsinkable. And yet the current version of Skoda’s executive car has shown itself to be fully worthy of the moniker, so how do you try to improve it? The answer, it seems, is by introducing a plug-in hybrid variant: the Skoda Superb iV.
The first of a range of electrified, iV branded models that Skoda will launch over the next few years, it allies a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an 85kW motor for a combined output of 215bhp.
CO2 emissions of less than 40g/km should make it particularly appealing to company car drivers. Plus, official WLTP tests suggest the Superb iV can travel up to 34 miles on electric only power.
Three diesel engines and three petrols are also available, with power outputs ranging from 118bhp to 268bhp.
The new hybrid is being introduced at the same time as a range of mid-life updates, with all Superbs now featuring a reshaped front grille and a chrome strip between the taillights. Meanwhile, inside Skoda has tried to liven things up by introducing further chrome highlights, along with seat covers that feature contrasting stitching.
Matrix LED headlights, which can automatically alter their high beam to illuminate the road without dazzling other drivers, are an option on a Skoda for the first time, as is a predictive cruise control system, which knows when roundabouts and sharp bends are coming up and adjusts the car’s speed accordingly.
The Superb iV will go on sale early next year, and while pricing is still to be announced, it’s only likely to be available with high-end trims.
What Skoda has already confirmed is that it will be joined in the iV line-up by a fully electric version of the Citigo city car, with an official range of 165 miles. This can be recharged from zero to 80% in an hour using a 40kW fast charger.
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The top 10 hybrid cars
The Skoda Superb iV joins an ever-growing list of hybrid cars, but what are the best models on sale today? Below we count down the top 10 – and reveal the hybrids which are best avoided.
10. Toyota C-HR Hybrid
Toyota's smallest SUV is particularly fuel efficient in hybrid form, where a 1.8-litre petrol engine powers the car for most of the time but is supplemented by a small electric motor around town. With its low C02 emissions, the C-HR Hybrid makes good sense for company car drivers. It also gets plenty of kit as standard.
9. Toyota Yaris Hybrid
If you're looking for a hybrid that's cheaper than the C-HR yet still has a Toyota badge on its bonnet, the Yaris Hybrid is a good choice, combining small car nimbleness with hybrid efficiency. Generous standard equipment and a spacious and practical interior add further to its appeal, even if a plasticky dashboard and a jittery ride count against it.
8. BMW i8
While most of the models in this list are practical choices, the BMW i8 shows that hybrids can also be fun to drive and hugely desirable. It's a high-performance plug-in hybrid sports car that uses a range of cutting-edge technologies to deliver serious pace and low emissions. Think of the i8 as an efficient alternative to models such as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.
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