Skoda adds new Superb Hybrid flagship models


Skoda launched their new Superb flagship back in early October 2019 and have now added further momentum with the arrival of their first plug-in hybrid called, Superb iV. Prices start at €40,350 plus delivery charges and after the €5,000 SEAI Grant and €2,500 VRT relief is applied for the entry-level ‘Ambition Liftback’ version.

At a glance the iV may seem indistinguishable from any other new Superb, but the new hybrid version conceals an electric motor with a power output of 85 kW (115 bhp), with a claimed range of up to 62 km on pure electric power as confirmed in the WLTP test cycle.
In E-mode, the Superb iV becomes a zero-emission vehicle, which Skoda says is perfect for short daily commutes. The iV’s is also powered by a lively 1.4 TSI petrol engine, delivering 115 kW (156 bhp). Combined, the new hybrid drive system, it boasts a claimed range of up to 930 km of range without refuelling.

Apart from some subtle exterior changes, the main differences to the Superb iV are technological. The iV, like all hybrid arrangements, has two power sources. When both power units are working simultaneously, the iV has a combined power output of 160 kW (218 bhp).

The electric motor acts as an additional boost, providing dynamic driving performance and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of just 7.7 seconds. Driving Mode Select is another innovation fitted to the Superb iV as standard and permits the driver to alter the vehicles driving characteristics and comfort settings by varying the steering, transmission and ‘Dynamic Chassis Control’ (DCC).

In addition to Sport mode, drivers can also select E-mode and Hybrid mode. In E-mode, the Superb iV is powered entirely by the electric motor. It can travel almost silently and accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 5.0 seconds. For safety, an E-noise sound generator creates a unique sound to alert pedestrians and cyclists.

In Hybrid mode, both power units work together, and their interplay is automatically controlled electronically. This delivers combined consumption of 1.5 litres of petrol per 100 km and 14.0 to 14.5 kWh per 100 km, which corresponds to claimed CO2 emissions of 33 to 35 g/km. Annual road tax is €170.

A lithium-ion battery is built into the chassis floor in front of the rear axle of the new iV. It stores the power required for electric drive and also powers the ‘Climatronic’ air-conditioning system and heating, that can be programmed remotely using the Skoda Connect mobile app.

The Superb iV can be charged in four different ways. It can be fully charged in about three and a half hours using the Mode 3 charging cable and a wall box with a charging output of 3.6 kW. Using the Mode 2 cable together with a standard household three pin plug socket, Skoda says that it is possible to charge the battery in approximately five hours. While in motion, the iV can charge its battery or maintain the battery level using regenerative braking and also power from the petrol engine.

The Superb iV is offered in Liftback (saloon) and Combi (estate) across four specification levels Ambition, Style, SportLine and L&K. Compared to the standard Superb, the iV is supplied with ‘Dynamic Chassis Control’ (DCC), as well as the most modern MIB infotainment systems coupled to digital dashboard displays.

Skoda Ireland says that the popularity of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles is evident with sales doubling in Ireland in the past two years to 11,540 vehicles in 2019. Skoda Ireland also says that it will sell all its current targeted production capacity of 250 units for 2020, so if you have an interest in the Superb iV, check it out earlier rather than earlier.

Commenting to us at the launch drive, John Donegan, Brand Director, Skoda Ireland said: “Skoda’s electric journey starts today with the Superb iV. The Superb iV offers the best of both worlds. The ability to plug-in and charge at home or work, means commuters in Naas, Drogheda, Navan or Greystones travelling to Dublin daily have the potential to commute, powered entirely by electricity. Plug-in hybrid vehicles offer significant advantages over so-called “self-charging hybrids” including significantly lower CO2 emissions and superior fuel economy.”

New Skoda Superb iV’ 2020 Prices 

Excluding delivery charges but Including the €5,000 SEAI Grant and €2,500 VRT Relief

 

Ambition

Style

Sportline

L&K

Liftback

€40,350

€43,850

€45,850

€48,350

Combi

€41, 850

€45,350

€47,350

€49,850

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