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...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
If you’re a company car driver, your fleet manager will probably favour the 6, because it’s the cheapest to lease by a considerable margin, but you’ll pay the least in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax by choosing the 508. If you’re in the 40% tax bracket, you’ll need to sacrifice an extra £21 of your salary per month if you want to run the 6 or an extra £28 for the Superb. The order is slightly different for private cash buyers, though.
We could point out that the Superb has the highest list price and the 6 the lowest, but things change an awful lot if you’ve got your haggling shirt on, because you can get more than £2500 off the Superb, making it the cheapest to buy. In contrast, discounts on the 6 are small, although a saving of £250 is still better than the nothing we managed to haggle off the 508. That said, the 508 was brand spanking new at the time of writing, so you might have more luck if you try now.
That generous discount, along with affordable servicing and insurance premiums, means the Superb is the cheapest to run privately over three years, with the 508 costing around £1200 more and the 6 a further £1000 over the same period. If you sign up for a PCP deal, generous deposit contributions from Mazda and Skoda put the 6 and Superb at £364 and £405 per month respectively, some way below the £439 per month the 508 costs.
Meanwhile, the Superb is the best-equipped car here, with a few luxuries thrown into its asking price. The 508 and 6 look a little stingy in comparison but still get the basics, including climate and cruise control. Just remember you can’t specify any options on the 6, so if you want more toys, you’ll need to step up to a higher trim.
If you like your posterior to be toasted on winter mornings, you’ll be pleased to hear that heated front seats are standard on the 508 and Superb. As for the 6, these feature only on the catchily named SE-L Lux Nav+ trim and above.
The 508 hasn’t yet been tested by Euro NCAP, but other cars based on the same underpinnings have scored five stars. There’s no reason the 508 shouldn’t too, because it gets automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitoring as standard.
The 6 and Superb also scored five stars – albeit under older, less stringent criteria – with the latter doing a little better. And while the 6 gets AEB, blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and rear cross-traffic alert (which warns you of approaching cars when you’re reversing into a road), lane-keeping assistance is an £860 option on the Superb, and rear cross-traffic alert isn’t available.