PEUGEOT's sleek New 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 the New PEUGEOT 508 is currently available with two trim levels, the 508 Allure and 508 GT. Both include sleek black styling to the grille, door mirrors and add a blackout effect with Privacy Glass to the rear and rear-side windows. The GT model features futuristic 18” diamond-cut Epherra wheels in Orbital Black.
The 508 will be available in seven bold colour choices including Selenium Grey and Elixir Red. All colours compliment the elegant and sporty body shape that’s low and dynamic, yet contradicted by the aggressive front end and muscular style.
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 appearance.
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 PEUGEOT i-Cockpit 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 petrol and plug-in hybrid engine options, all of which have been designed to be as clean as possible.
You can now select a PEUGEOT 508 equipped with an efficient ICE or plug-in hybrid engine.
In electric driving mode, this 508 hybrid has a 37 mile range.
The 508 HYBRID combines 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.
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What is it?
We’ve already showcased our love for the 508’s looks. It’s a car which has helped to move Peugeot upmarket, with its sleek and stylish appearance transforming it into a genuine alternative to popular rivals.
It’s been going up against cars like the Volkswagen Passat and Vauxhall Insignia since it arrived in 2018, but now Peugeot has aimed to increase its popularity with the introduction of a new company car-friendly plug-in hybrid model. We’ve been behind the wheel to find out what it’s like.
Though the 508 has already been on sale for close to three years, its looks are standing up to the test of time. So the only thing which has been changed here is that powertrain, forming part of Peugeot’s plans to offer all of its cars with a hybrid or full electric.
Given the 508’s shape and size, the plug-in hybrid powertrain is particularly crucial to the 508’s success in the company car market. It arrives with a benefit-in-kind of 10 per cent, too, thanks to its low emissions.
What’s under the bonnet?
Though the PHEV powertrain is fresh for the 508, it’s one that is used across the wider Peugeot brand already. It blends a turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor, combining for a total of 222bhp. It means 0-60mph will take 8.1 seconds, while allowing the 508 to hit 155mph flat-out.
Thanks to an 11.8kWh battery, the 508 should be able to achieve between 33 and 39 miles of electric-only range. Charge the battery via a 7kW charger and it’ll take less than two hours, while Peugeot claims around 200mpg with the batteries fully topped up. Emissions are impressively low at 33g/km CO2, too.
What’s it like to drive?
Though the 508 features a sporty exterior, it’s a car that favours the more comfortable side of things instead. Despite riding on 19-inch wheels it’s comfortable and feels supple when travelling at higher speeds.
The automatic switch between electric and petrol power is seamless too, and even when Sport mode is selected it never feels overly urgent. The eight-speed automatic gearbox can feel hesitant at times, too.
How does it look?
Peugeot is on a hot streak when it comes to design, with almost all models in its range showing up the competition in terms of looks.
The Peugeot 508 really has taken things one stage further, too. The frameless grille is stylish, while the ‘claw’ LED headlights really turn heads. Both the front and rear lights display a fancy pattern when locked and unlocked - something we’ve previously only seen on high-end Audis.
What’s it like inside?
That premium feel is carried over from the outside to the inside, too. You get configurable digital dials ahead of the driver, as well as a 10-inch touchscreen which is controlled by cool aircraft-style toggle switches.
It’s a futuristic cabin, but one which is backed up by a good range of materials and an excellent level of build quality.
What’s the spec like?
Entry-level Allure models bring blind-spot monitoring, a reversing camera and keyless entry, among other features. Move up to GT Line and you’ll gain wireless smartphone charging, those eye-catching LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Range-topping GT cars boast the most features of all, with highlights including electric massaging front seats, leather upholstery and a premium sound system.
When it comes to pricing, the Hybrid starts from £34,945 - around £2,000 more than a regular petrol model.
The choice to offer a plug-in hybrid 508 model is a clever one as it opens the car up to all manner of new buyers who might not have been tempted by the standard car.
Though the driving experience isn’t quite as sporty as the car’s looks would lead you to believe, the 508’s classy interior and comfortable experience make it easy to recommend.