New Mazda 6 & Peugeot 508 vs Skoda Superb
Can the redesigned Peugeot 508 regain prominence in the executive car market? The revised Mazda 6 and class-leading Skoda Superb are here to provide the answer...
At 8.0in, the 6’s infotainment screen might seem a little small, but it’s easy to read thanks to its high placement. It’s controlled by touch or a rotary dial between the seats, making it simple to use while you’re driving. A DAB radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a CD player and sat-nav are standard. It’s not perfect, though: it doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring and the graphics are a bit fuzzy.
The 508’s screen may be larger than that in other Peugeot models, but it still suffers the same issues: its graphics aren’t as sharp as the best systems’, it can be laggy to respond to your commands and the menus aren’t the most logically structured. On the plus side, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while you can specify wireless smartphone charging and a punchy Focal stereo.
Opt for SE L Executive trim and you get Skoda’s biggest 9.2in infotainment system. It’s responsive, it has pin-sharp graphics and its menus are the most logically laid out. But while we applaud this and the standard sat-nav, we actually prefer the 8.0in system in cheaper Superbs, because this upgraded system replaces physical shortcut buttons with more awkward touch-sensitive icons.