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...

New Mazda 6 & Peugeot 508 vs Skoda Superb
New Peugeot 508 vs Mazda 6 vs Skoda Superb

Our verdict

The Skoda Superb takes victory once again. Its cavernous rear seat space and boot are simply unmatched in this class, while it rides very comfortably and feels classy inside.

Equally impressive is the Mazda 6’s transformation from also-ran to serious contender. It may not be as spacious, but many of our complaints regarding interior quality and the driving experience have been addressed. And while it isn’t as comfortable as the Superb, we suspect you won’t mind the firmer ride in exchange for the more hushed cruising manners. We do wish you could add a few options to perfect the spec, though. 

That leaves the new Peugeot 508 last. For a big car, its rear seats are disappointingly pokey, and its boot is nothing to write home about. It may be the cheapest to run for company car drivers, but you won’t regret spending a little more to get a bit more performance and a more comfortable ride.

1st Skoda Superb - 5/5

Skoda Superb Verdict

For Vast inside; well equipped; costs the least to buy; comfortable

Against Grumbly engine; boot has a large loading lip; touchscreen is a bit low on the dash

Read our full Skoda Superb review

Mazda 6 verdict

For Cheapest monthly PCP payments; quietest; strong in-gear acceleration; classy interior

Against Unruly handling on the limit; poor rear head room; you can’t add options

Read our full Mazda 6 review

Find a great Mazda 6 deal

3rd Peugeot 508 - 3/5

Peugeot 508 driving


For Best fuel economy; cheapest company car

Against Poor visibility; cramped rear seat space; so-so performance; fidgety ride

Read our full Peugeot 508 review

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Specifications: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE L Executive

Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

List price £27,450

Target price £24,924

Power 148bhp @ 3500-4000rpm

Torque 251lb ft @ 1750-3000rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 9.3sec

Top speed 137mph

Gov't fuel economy 65.7mpg

Test mpg 50.0mpg

CO2 emissions 113g/km

Specifications: Mazda 6 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Nav+

Engine 4cyl, 2191cc, diesel

List price £25,795

Target price £25,540

Power 148bhp @ 4500rpm

Torque 280lb ft @ 1800-2600rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 9.5sec

Top speed 131mph

Gov't fuel economy 64.2mpg

Test mpg 52.5mpg

CO2 emissions 117g/km

Specifications: Peugeot 508 1.5 BlueHDI 130 Allure

Engine 4cyl, 1499cc, diesel

List price £26,300

Target price £26,300

Power 129bhp @ 3750rpm

Torque 221lb ft @ 1750rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.6sec

Top speed 129mph

Gov't fuel economy 74.3mpg

Test mpg 53.2mpg

CO2 emissions 103g/km

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