PEUGEOT 508

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.

Styling​

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.

Interior

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)

​Exterior​

​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.


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Technology

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. 

Performance 

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. 


​​​Trim Levels for the PEUGEOT 508 :

Active Premium - Features include:

  • PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance
  • Visio Park1 - 180 colour reversing camera
  • Safety Pack
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • PEUGEOT Open & Go

​Allure Premium - Features include:​

  • Drive Assist Pack Plus
  • Full LED headlights
  • Electrical lumbar & adjusting seating
  • Ambient light to store compartments
  • Leather effect & cloth seat trim

GT​ - Features include:

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • GT specific badging
  • Full LED headlights
  • Gloss black rear bumper diffuser
  • Rear full LED

GT Premium - Features include:

  • Visio Park 3: 360° HD camera system
  • Fully automated parking assistance
  • FOCAL premium HIFI speaker system
  • 19” alloy wheels (Petrol/Diesel)
  • 18” alloy wheels (Hybrid)


PEUGEOT 508 Plug-in Hybrid

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.

Diamond Finish 19" Alloys
Technology Night Vision
Intelligence Peugeot i-Cockpit


Review: Peugeot 508 Hybrid

We’ve been behind the wheel to find out what it’s like.

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Should I buy a PEUGEOT 508?

  • PEUGEOT i-cockpit – one of the best head-up displays in the market
  • Lots of luxury – comes as standard and makes driving comfortable
  • Sleek & sexy – the 508 is a handsome salon
  • Drivability factor – a fun car to drive but well-mannered on the daily commute
  • Passenger comfort – carries four adult passengers in genuine comfort

What kind of car is the new PEUGEOT 508?

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.

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. 

What’s new?

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. 

​Verdict

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. 

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