Review

Peugeot 508 saloon

Price  £22,495 - £32,145

Peugeot 508 saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Good to drive
  • Comfortable ride
  • Great cabin quality
Cons
  • Higher-spec models expensive
  • Cabin lacks practicality
  • Rivals are better

At a glance

The greenest
Allure 2.0L BlueHDi HY4 ETG S&S 4dr £32,145
The cheapest
Active 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S 4dr £22,495
The fastest
GT 2.0L BlueHDi 180 S&S 4dr £30,645
Top of the range
Allure 2.0L BlueHDi HY4 ETG S&S 4dr £32,145

"The Peugeot 508 is a family saloon car that’s good to drive, comfortable and pretty stylish, but it faces some stiff competition."

The Peugeot 508 is a large family saloon car, so it competes with big-name models such as the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat. However, the 508 is by no means out of its depth, as it performs strongly in many areas.

Following a facelift in September 2014, the 508 remains a stylish car. It now features a thinner front grille, a sharper front end and a revised tailgate. The design takes inspiration from concept cars shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.

Inside, passengers are treated to lots of space and a high-quality interior. The dashboard feels well made and the seats are supportive and comfortable.

In fact, comfort is the order of the day with the 508 thanks to its supple ride and well balanced suspension set-up. It's not quite as sharp to drive as the class-leading Mondeo in this respect, but the 508 is still a typically French saloon, offering a comfortable drive rather than a sporting one.

Peugeot's BlueHDi diesel engines mean the 508 is very fuel-efficient. And for those looking to escape paying the London Congestion Charge, there's even a Hybrid4 diesel-electric model.

The facelift also meant an updated model range, with even the most basic version coming crammed with kit. However, the top-end GT model can get a little pricey, as it starts from around the £30,000 mark, putting it dangerously close to premium small executive cars like the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series. We’d recommend the entry-level Active or mid-range Allure trim levels, as they combine a more reasonable price tag with a more-than-adequate options list.

One other stumbling block for the 508 is the fact that it's up against cars like the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, which are simply better all-rounders. However, the 508 is a decent choice for buyers who want something a little different from the norm.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.3 / 5

Peugeot 508 Hybrid4 model is the most efficient, but CO2 emissions and fuel economy are good across the board

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

Peugeot 508 has a great range of engines, decent handling and plenty of grip

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

The Peugeot 508 is very comfortable, despite its firm suspension setup

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

The boot is on the small side and the interior could be more practical

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Peugeot 508 feels high-quality and owner satisfaction with the car and brand are improving

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3 / 5
"Rivals like the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat are still better all-rounders, but the 508 is worth considering if you fancy something a bit different."
3 / 5
"The Peugeot 508 falls some way short of the class leaders, but there's still a lot to like."
What owners say 
4.2686206817627
4.3 /5 based on 29 reviews
86%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
11 May 2015
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