PEUGEOT's sleek 508 is easily one of the most striking cars available today. It combines plenty of head-turning French styling with a good attention to detail and a smartly designed interior.
Here, we’re going to take a look at the 508 in a little more detail - so let’s see what it’s got to offer.
Featuring an exclusive exterior design with signature PEUGEOT GT styling, the limited-series PEUGEOT 508 comes with chrome chequered and black gloss grille surround as well as 19" Augusta two-tone diamond-finish alloy wheels with dark tinted varnish finish.
The 508 will be available in two exterior paint finishes; Twilight Blue or Ultimate Red. Both elegant and sporty with its low and dynamic shape, yet with an aggressive front end and muscular style, the 508 offers top of the range performance with either a 225-bhp PureTech petrol engine or 180-bhp BlueHDi diesel engine which both feature the 8-speed EAT8 automatic gearbox. The 508 is sure to impress.
The interior of the 508 is striking for sure. There are plenty of chrome and metal-effect elements to brighten up the cabin, with a combination of materials making for a concept-car-like feel. It’s a very special place to be, that’s for sure.
The front of the car has plenty of space, while in the back the sloping roofline gives the cabin a cocoon-like feeling to it. Sitting in the 508 is certainly an occasion.
Accentuating the sporty personality and exterior of the 508 is the perforated full-grain leather steering wheel and chrome satin finish. Further features include full LED interior lighting, aluminium pedals and aluminium door sills and in the UK, the 508 will come with AGR* -certified, electrically-adjustable heated seats and multipoint massage function for the driver for additional comfort.
*Aktion Gesunder Rucken (German association for Back Health)
As we’ve already mentioned, the styling of the 508 makes it one of the most striking cars on the road. The front of the car features blade-like LED running lights, which give the 508 a distinctive look at night.
These are sat either side of an intricately designed grille while around the back, the roof tapers into a sharp bootline which gives the car a sporty appeal.
The 508 is jam-packed with technology, helping to reinforce its space-age feel. Certain models have Night Vision - a feature unheard of in anything but range-topping premium models until recently. It can detect obstacles ahead, and is displayed via the 12.3-inch digital display ahead of the driver.
This screen is joined by another large infotainment system which sits in the middle of the dashboard. Here is where you’ll access satellite navigation and media functions.
The 508 is accompanied by a variety of petrol and diesel engines, all of which have been designed to be as clean as possible. A 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol kicks off the range, and is joined by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel which can be linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
There’s a new hybrid model which has recently joined the range. This combines a petrol engine with an electric motor and batteries for the best possible economy. It’s a plug-in too, so you can recharge the batteries at home.
Each 508 trim level is packed with technology, with even base-specification Active cars benefiting from a full infotainment system with Mirror Link smartphone connectivity, and there’s even 3D navigation included.
In addition, PEUGEOT's eight-inch i-Cockpit system comes as standard, replacing the conventional dials for a screen.
Allure brings even more comfort, with seat heating for those sat up front a welcome addition for those who like to be a little warmer during the chillier months.
Allure also benefits from front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera too.
Up next is GT Line, which adds a more sporty feel to the car overall. New 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels are the most noticeable exterior change, while full LED lights at both the front and rear of the car increase the car’s space-age look.
Inside, a smartphone charging plate has been added, allowing you to charge your phone without having to connect it with a cable.
Finally, there’s GT. As the tip-top trim, it brings a full leather interior with massaging seats as well as large 19-inch alloy wheels. An electric tailgate will also be an addition that will be appreciated by those who want a little more ease-of-use from their 508.
Those keen on music will also enjoy the Focal premium sound system, too.
The latest addition to the PEUGEOT 508 Range is the plug-in hybrid version of the 508.
The 508 HYBRID combine the 132kW (180hp) 1.6L PureTech petrol engine with an 80kW (110hp) electric motor on the front axle, for a total power output of 165kW (225hp). It also uses a 11.8kWh battery, with a full recharge taking less than two hours with a 7kW on board charger (cost option). According to official WLTP tests, the 508 HYBRID returns 235 mpg, with ultra-low CO2 emissions as low as 31g/km.
PEUGEOT has been on a design mission to upgrade its range, giving it a more premium feel and improving the spec. It recently introduced the innovative i-Cockpit tech into production and the range is winning plaudits across the board.
One piece has been missing though — a genuinely appealing saloon offering, something with a little French flair, which to be fair, has been missing from the PEUGEOT range for a couple of decades. With the introduction of the PEUGEOT 508, it’s finally here.
This may be the second generation of the 508, but this is a total re-vamp of the model, designed to give it real appeal in this crowded market.
First up is the new design — taking its cue from PEUGEOT's latest corporate styling and the 508 is no the flagship for this new design, with its sleek body and angular front fascia. The look continues inside the car, with the i-Cockpit, once again, the star of the show.
There’s plenty more tech on show too, including night vision — a claimed first for the segment — which allows drivers to ‘see’ obstacles in the dark, which would otherwise be invisible when driving in pitch-black conditions.
Ryan was behind the wheel of the PEUGEOT 508 in GT BlueHDi 180 EAT8 flavour; de-coded, that means it’s powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine paired up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The powertrain develops 177bhp and 400Nm of torque, taking the 508 from 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 146mph. PEUGEOT claims it can achieve 60.1mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
It’s an engine that loves to cruise. Sitting on a motorway in Comfort mode, it’s refined with very little road noise in the cabin. That said there’s enough poke for a bit more spirited driving, however, but it does fade away when strung out higher in the rev range.
The PEUGEOT 508 drives as it looks; agile and more than capable of taking on more or less anything you can throw at it when pushing it on a B-road.
Steering is very well-judged, while the chassis itself feels finely tuned — an engine with more poke under the bonnet could very well create a serious performance machine. (Anyone for a 508 GTI?).
Despite delivering on the hard-driving front, it remains an extremely comfortable cruiser. The suspension is supple and with the limited road noise, it’s a pleasure for passengers too. Switch on the adaptive cruise control (albeit once you’ve found the strangely located switch) and you could easily chew up a few hundred miles without much trouble. It is a little let down with poor rear visibility, which makes the 508 a little tricky in tighter spots, but with all-around sensors it’s not really a problem.
We’re fans of PEUGEOT's current corporate design and it definitely suits the 508.
The sleek, understated body means the sharp fascia and LED headlights to make a real impact and the walrus-esque daytime running lights create real drama. In our opinion it’s the best-looking PEUGEOT of the decade.
For us it would have to be the Ultimate Red paint finish, but then we do like to stand out from the crowd and it really makes the best of the sharp bodywork.
Inside the PEUGEOT 508 we think the application of the aviation-style i-Cockpit technology is PEUGEOT's best to date — you feel the car was designed to fit around the interior, rather than vice versa, which, as a driver, is a really great feeling.
The jet plane-like effect works seriously well here, with the low-down driving position creating a real sense of being in a sports-focused machine and this is further enhanced by the compact steering wheel.
Some of the switchgear plastics do let the 508 down a little, they aren’t exactly unpleasant to the touch, but they’re not class leading either.
It’s definitely redeemed by its practicality with 487 litres of boot space, seating five full-sized people in comfort.
Prices for the PEUGEOT 508 start at £25,000, although our GT test car comes in with a steeper price tag of £36,400.
There’s plenty of equipment thrown in for that price; assistance tech includes adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist, all-round parking sensors and blind spot detection.
Luxury kit is generous with electric seats including a massage function, along with heating, dual-zone climate control, the i-Cockpit cabin and a 10-inch infotainment display with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
On top of all that, there are full LED headlights with automatic high beams and 19-inch alloy wheels an outward reflection of the 508’s inner sportiness.
The PEUGEOT 508 is the best car the French manufacturer has produced for a long time. It’s genuinely desirable, something we’ve not been able to say for a while and it’s a car that deserves to be a success.
It achieves that tricky blend of being a good-looking car, that’s genuinely fun to drive, while also being capable of the daily commuting schlep. Of course the 508 isn’t perfect, but no car is and none of its flaws are deal-breakers, so nothing to discount the 508 in comparison with its rivals.