Skoda Superb iV vs Peugeot 508 Hybrid: range, charging and fuel economy
Near-identical electric ranges and real-world MPG figures mean there's not much to separate these rivals
The Peugeot 508 Hybrid uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine in conjunction with an electric motor and an 11.8kWh battery, good for a pure-electric range of 39 miles. The Skoda uses a smaller 1.4-litre petrol unit that's older and less sophisticated than that used in the Peugeot, and while the hybrid system's battery is bigger at 13kWh, claimed range tops out at 38 miles. Still, this is a negligible difference in real-world use.
We tested each of these cars with a full tank of fuel and a fully charged battery, leaving each in hybrid mode to assess total range and real-world economy. The Peugeot achieved 45.8mpg, with a diesel-like effective range of 625 miles thanks to its larger fuel tank, while the Skoda only proved slightly less efficient, with 44.5mpg and a 489-mile range.
Remember, economy will drop significantly if you let the battery run flat in either car – and you're unlikely to get anywhere near the official three-figure mile-per-gallon figures unless you spend a lot of time in pure-electric mode.
The Peugeot uses a 3.7kW on-board charger as standard for a wallbox charge time of under four hours, but this can be cut by picking the 7.4kW option from the option list, for a charge in around an hour and 45 minutes.
The Skoda lacks any faster option than its standard 3.6kW on-board charger, which using a standard home wallbox will provide a full charge in around three-and-a-half hours. A charge from a three-pin domestic socket will take around five hours.
In This Review
- 1IntroWhether you're looking for a company car or family car, these two large hatchbacks are great electrified options. But which is best?
- 2Range, charging & fuel economy - currently readingNear-identical electric ranges and real-world MPG figures mean there's not much to separate these rivals
- 3Performance & handlingRefinement and flexibility come as standard with both cars, but the Skoda is the most well rounded
- 4Space & practicalityAs large hatchbacks with lots of space inside, the 508 and Superb are very practical cars
- 5Interior & infotainmentBoth are comfortable, spacious and well equipped inside, with Skoda winning the quality contest and Peugeot the award for style
- 6Running costs & warrantyThe 508 makes most sense as a a company car, while private buyers will be better off with the Superb
- 7Safety & reliabilityBoth cars are very safe and should be reliable, too
- 8Verdict and specificationsThese cars are closely matched in most areas, but the Skoda offers the best all-round package