Skoda Superb iV vs Peugeot 508 Hybrid: safety and reliability
Both cars are very safe and should be reliable, too
There's good news regardless of which model you pick: both Peugeot and Skoda have a good record for reliability and safety, and each of these models comes with a great range of active systems to help keep you safe.
The 508 achieved a five-star rating in Euro NCAP's crash tests, with an impressive 96% score in the adult protection category, 86% for child protection and 79% for its safety assist systems. The Superb has a similar five-star rating, but with a slightly lower adult protection rating of 86%. Child protection matched the 508, while safety assist was scored just a few percent lower, at 75%.
While results didn't include the more recently released hybrid variant, the Skoda Superb achieved an impressive 10th-place finish out of 100 cars in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with strong ratings for its practicality, reliability and running costs. The car's 13.2% rate of reported faults in our survey is slightly below average, but again, this doesn't cover the plug-in hybrid variant.
The Peugeot didn't feature in the 2020 survey, but a number of its stablemates did, each helping the French brand to a strong eighth-place overall finish out of 30 manufacturers. Skoda finished fifth, although Peugeot's overall average share of owners reporting faults was lower, at 12% versus 17.2%.
With the Allure model tested here getting lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking and traffic-sign recognition, safety kit is ample on the 508. The Superb more or less matches it in SE L trim, but lane-keeping assistance is optional, available as part of a pack for around £525.
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 economyNear-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 & reliability - currently readingBoth 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