Double take

When it was launched a couple of years ago, the plug-in hybrid electric version of Škoda’s accomplished Superb represented the carmaker’s first local foray into electric mobility.

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Despite all the excitement around the forthcoming Enyaq IV, for now this clever car might remain its best.

Some things are always worth a revisit. And while it is something of a humble vehicle, the Škoda Superb iV deserves to be shouted about.

The Superb iV was the first release in what is a growing family of electrified Škoda vehicles. The plug-in-hybrid version of the Octavia iV has recently joined the Superb iV, offering the same plug-in hybrid tech in a slightly more compact and sportier package. The full electric Enyaq iV - Škoda’s first dedicated ground-up battery electric vehicle – is set to follow either later this year or in early 2023.

 

The Superb iV is available in New Zealand in both sedan and wagon silhouettes, and across two distinct specification grades, meaning there are no less than four separate options of plug-in hybrid Škoda available here.

 

Both body styles have their fans, but for us the wagon remains absolutely brilliant. It is practicality personified. Open the rear door of a Superb (in either body style) and you are greeted by absolute acres of legroom. The magic trick, however, is just how much luggage space remains as well. The second row doesn’t intrude on cargo capacity whatsoever, meaning luxury levels spacious comfort for all onboard.

 

Depending on the situation and the selected driving mode, the iV models benefit from the electric motor and an internal combustion engine, providing drive either individually or as a pair.

 

Škoda’s plug-in hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 62km and an unrestricted long-distance capability covering a total of up to 930km. The electric motor has a power output of 85kW, while the Superb iV’s 1.4 TSI petrol engine delivers 115kW.

 

On the road around town, the wagon belies its generous size with genuinely dynamic steering and acceleration feel. The electric motor provides for instant torque from start-off, meaning even when the 600-plus litres of usable load space in the rear is fully packed, the Superb iV feels brisk and responsive.

 

Drivers can also select between E-mode and Hybrid mode on the go in order to provide for optimum efficiency. In E-mode, the Superb iV is powered entirely by the electric motor, while in Hybrid mode, both power units work together. This makes for very impressive combined fuel consumption of just 1.5-litres/100km.

 

There is plenty of peace of mind for Škoda Superb iV owners, as like other models it comes with a 5 years / 150,000km mechanical warranty, in addition to an 8 year / 160,000km high voltage battery warranty.

The Superb iV Wagon Style retails from $75,990 + ORCs, and the Superb iV Wagon Sportline from $79,990 + ORCs. Meanwhile, the Superb iV Sedan Style features a retail sticker of $72,990 + ORCs, while the Superb iV Sedan Sportline s available from $76,990 + ORCs. Each iteration qualifies for a Clean Car Program rebate of $5750.

 

The Škoda Superb iV quietly (very quietly in E-mode) gets on with the business of being all things to many people. It’s certainly worth another look.

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