2020 Skoda Superb iV – Features, Design, Interior and Driving. Skoda has announced that its new Superb iV plug-in hybrid will be priced from £31,970 when it arrives in Britain in January.
The figure was revealed to journalists during the UK launch of the rest of the revised Superb range and makes the new model £4730 cheaper than its sibling, the new Volkswagen Passat GTE.
The plug-in hybrid is named the Superb iV in recognition of Skoda’s new sub-brand that will be used for its bold electrification plans.
The Superb iV features a 154bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 114bhp electric motor, with power sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The peak system outputs are 215bhp and 295lb ft of torque. .
The model is officially capable of completing 34 miles of electric-only running – identical to the Passat GTE. Skoda has yet to release performance figures, but insiders suggest they will closely match those of the Passat GTE, hinting at a 0-62mph time of around 7.4sec. The Czech brand also promises an official CO2 emissions rating of less than 40g/km.
A battery pack is located under the floor and ahead of the rear axle, which means a slight reduction in boot capacity – 485 litres for the hatchback and 510 litres for the estate, compared with 625 litres and 660 litres for petrol and diesel variants.
Beyond the well-hidden charging port integrated into the front grille, there will be little to give away the Superb iV’s part-electric status. The infotainment system can display information on battery status and electric range and additional controls for the various powertrain modes. It will also be possible to programme the PHEV’s air-con to cool the cabin before the car is needed.
Prices for the rest of the range, with traditional petrol and diesel engines, start from £24,655 for the hatchback and £25,975 for the estate.
The updated Superb has been launched with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines and in six trim levels. Entry-level S models, offered with a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine, feature LED front and rear lights and a new infotainment system featuring voice control.
SE trim adds features including 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Above that, SE Technology features leather upholstery, heated seats and integrated wi-fi. SE L includes 18in alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, full matrix LED headlights and an electrically operated boot.
Sportline Plus trim comes with 19in alloy wheels and black sports styling details, along with Alcantara upholstery and a three-spoke sport steering wheel. The range-topping Laurin & Klement spec features all of the kit from SE L and adds 18in alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, heated front and reat seats, LED interior lighting, three-zone climate control, an upgraded navigation system and a Canton sound system, along with Skoda’s Dynamic Chassis Control system.
The existing Superb powertrains will be carried over for the facelifted model, with a new 190bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit added. The range-topper will be a 268bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol – down around 8bhp from the outgoing on car due to the inclusion of a petrol paticulate filter and other emissions control systems.
The redesigned Superb has gained a new-look grille, with added chrome trim between the LED rear lights. There is also a new front bumper, which stretches the length of the car by 8mm to 4869mm.
The car is the first Skoda to gain full LED matrix headlights as an option, and new driver assistance features include predictive cruise control that makes use of data from road signs.
Skoda expects the plug-in hybrid will be highly competitive in its increasingly crowded part of the market, taking up to 20% of sales in the UK.
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