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2023 Peugeot 508 facelift arrives to revolutionise the rep car

Facelifted Peugeot 508 arrives with a new look and updated tech

  • Tweaked exterior with revised grille
  • New entry-level PHEV model
  • Due on sale later in 2023

Aiming to revive the dwindling executive car market, the facelifted Peugeot 508 saloon has arrived for 2023 with a tweaked exterior design, upgraded technology and even more efficient hybrid powertrains. 

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The Peugeot 508 – a favourite of fleet drivers and family buyers alike – will go on sale in facelifted form later in 2023 with a streamlined range of three trim levels: Allure, GT-Line and Peugeot Sport Engineed. Although pricing is yet to be revealed, we expect a small uplift over the current car’s £33,945 starting price. 

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After the recent departure of the Mazda6, the updated Peugeot 508 will have very few direct rivals, apart from a handful of models including the Volkswagen Arteon and Skoda Superb. It’ll also go head-to-head with more-popular family SUVs and crossovers like the Hyundai Tucson and Peugeot’s own 5008.

2023 Peugeot 508: design

Peugeot has kept the changes to the exterior of the 508 relatively subtle; this is no bad thing, however, as it’s already one of the best-looking cars in its class. The facelifted car gets a resculpted front-end design, reminiscent of the new Peugeot 408 fastback, stamped with the French brand’s recently redesigned crest logo. 

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This is flanked by a set of new matrix LED headlights which resemble the fangs of a lion; LED technology features at the rear too, where the 508 gets tailights with a ‘lion’s claw’ effect and pulsing indicators. As before, the Peugeot 508 will be available in both hatchback ‘sedan’ and ‘SW’ estate bodystyle, while buyers have a choice of seven distinct exterior colours. A new 18-inch alloy wheel design has also been introduced with concealed wheel nuts.

Interior and technology

On the inside, the facelifted Peugeot 508 gets an updated version of the French marque’s concept car-esque i-Cockpit infotainment setup. The central 10-inch touchscreen, while not getting any larger for this update, now runs Peugeot’s latest i-Connect Advanced software. This can be customised to the driver’s preference through the use of widgets on the home screen, while TomTom navigation and a “Hey Peugeot” voice assistant also feature.

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Elsewhere, the 12-inch digital instrument cluster that sits above the small, square-shaped steering wheel, now boasts even greater functionality. Drivers can now configure this to display the current map readouts from the sat nav, while plug-in hybrid models can show current energy consumption and estimated electric range.

Befitting of its executive car status, the updated Peugeot 508 gets AGR (a German healthy back organisation)-approved seats that are wrapped in faux leather and Alcantara suede/fabric as standard. Sumptuous, quilted Nappa leather as well as heating and massage functions are also available as optional extras.

Engines and specifications

As previously mentioned, the Peugeot 508 will be available in three different specifications: Allure, GT-Line and the range-topping Peugeot Sport Engineered performance model.

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The majority of buyers will likely opt for the Allure and GT-Line models which are available with either a petrol, diesel or one of two plug-in hybrid powertrains. One of the few models to still be offered with diesel power, the 508’s diesel engine comes in the form of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit with 130bhp. Also with 130bhp is the 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol model, which is likely to appeal to lower-mileage drivers. Both come as standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Company car drivers, on the other hand, will be best suited by one of the plug-in hybrid models on offer. While the outgoing 508 was already offered with a 222bhp 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain, the new car will also be available with a more-affordable 178bhp setup – as seen in the latest Vauxhall Astra

All plug-in hybrid 508 models utilise a 12.4kWh battery pack; the Citroen C5 X – with which the 508 shares many of its parts – recently received an update featuring a more efficient hybrid system that improved the car’s electric-only range. While it’s yet to be confirmed, it’s highly probable this improved hybrid tech has made its way into the new 508 as well, potentially pushing the car’s zero-emissions range over 40 miles and thus the car itself into the lower 8% Benefit-in-Kind tax bracket for company car drivers.

Finally, the Peugeot Sport Engineered utilises the same 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain as seen in lower-spec models, this time with an extra electric motor to provide all-wheel-drive and an output of 355bhp. It also gets lower, retuned suspension, uprated brakes and a wider track (the distance between the wheels on each axle) for improved handling.

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