What exactly the ‘iV’ stands for isn’t clear, although Skoda variously quotes the words ‘innovative’, ‘iconic’ and ‘inspiring’, all of which precede ‘vehicle’. In practical terms, any model with the iV badge is one with an electrified powertrain, and in the Superb’s case, that means pairing a 154bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine to an electric motor that makes 114bhp.
It’s a set-up borrowed from the new Volkswagen Passat GTE and both elements drive through the same six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There’s also a 13kWh lithium ion battery that sits beneath the second-row bench, ahead of both the 50-litre fuel tank and the rear axle.
So unlike many plug-in hybrids that use the electric portion of their powertrain to independently drive the rear axle, the Superb iV doesn’t boast four-wheel drive. Nevertheless, the powertrain’s combined outputs of 215bhp and 295lb ft hint at effortless performance from a car for which point-to-point pace sits some way down its list of priorities.
Of more interest to most owners will be electric range, which is very competitive but not exceptional at 39 miles by WLTP standards. Recharging can take place on the move, courtesy of the engine (the idea being that the driver can cover a journey’s final, urban miles without generating emissions), or by plugging in, where using a 7kW wallbox takes around 2.5 hours. Because this is not a full-electric car, rapid-charging is off the menu.