THE ŠKODA SUPERB SALOON IV
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SUPERB AMB 1.4TSI 218HP IV
|Deposit / Trade-in||€13,085.10|
|36 Monthly Payments of||€458.96|
|Total Cost of Credit||€3,337.26|
The exterior design of the all-new SKODA Superb iV may be subtle however strikingly appealing with the addition of a horizontal light strip across the front grille, connecting the Matrix LED headlights. On the interior the multi-level layout of the instrument panel, centre console and seemingly floating screen give a new dimension to the interior, leading to a particularly spacious and airy feel. The Superb iV design is deliberately minimalistic, emphasising how effortlessly electric cars can be handled in everyday life.
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
The power of three
At first glance the Superb iV may seem indistinguishable from any other new SUPERB; however, the SUPERB iV conceals an electric motor with a power output of 85 kW (115 bhp), capable of travelling 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 – perfect for short daily commutes. The SUPERB iV also possesses a 1.4 TSI petrol engine, delivering 115 kW (156 bhp). Combined, the new hybrid drive system boasts up to 930 km of range without refuelling.
The SUPERB iV, like all hybrid arrangements, has two power sources. When both power units are working simultaneously, the SUPERB 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 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 l of petrol per 100 km and 14.0 to 14.5 kWh per 100 km, which corresponds to 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 SUPERB 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 ŠKODA 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, it is possible to charge the battery in approximately five hours. While in motion, the SUPERB iV can charge its battery or maintain the battery level using regenerative braking and also power from the petrol engine.
Equipped with innovative technology the Superb iV will bring improved safety and comfort for the driver and occupants. New fitted technology includes; laser scanners, radar sensors and cameras, enabling you to navigate your surroundings and respond accordingly. Also the connectivity features allow the car to communicate directly with other road users and cars.
Neil Briscoe, Complete Car Ireland
THE ŠKODA SUPERB iV
The Superb iV plug-in hybrid opens Skoda's electric account as a cheaper rival to the Volkswagen Passat GTE and BMW 330e. Smooth and slick, it's also temptingly economical if you drive it right.
In the Metal:
You'll have to be paying quite close attention to tell the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid apart from its more conventionally-powered brethren. Because the charging flap for the battery is tucked behind the radiator grille, there's really only the 'iV' badge on the boot to give the game away. Other than that, this is as the rest of the Superb range, updated this year with new lights, mildly tweaked styling and some new alloy wheel and colour options. It's a handsome beast - sleeker in person than you're expecting, and it responds well to some options.