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Peugeot 508 hatchback - Interior & comfort

The Peugeot 508's well-equipped interior beats rivals for style and easily matches them for technology

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We've been impressed by the futuristic look of interiors elsewhere in the Peugeot range – the 3008 and 5008 SUVs in particular. The 508 channels the style of its bulkier sister cars, but introduces a look all of its own. It's impressively upmarket inside, too, giving away little to rivals from BMW and Audi.

Peugeot 508 dashboard

The driving position is set low and provides a sporty, hunkered-down feel which is emphasised by a steering wheel that's almost go-kart sized. This is intended to be looked over, rather than through, and affords a clear view of the 508's instrument cluster if you do it right.

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The instruments take the form of Peugeot's i-Cockpit system, which is a fully configurable 12.3-inch digital display that can portray several forms of information in full, high-resolution colour. It's clear and easy to read, and can be switched to display analogue information if you prefer. The navigation mode, meanwhile, shows 3D mapping in its centre section, with speed and other driving information shown at the outer edges.

The i-Cockpit system is standard across the range, along with a 10-inch central infotainment touchscreen. Previous entry-level models were fitted with a small eight-inch system instead. Bluetooth and MP3 compatibility are standard, as are TomTom navigation, DAB radio, MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

Equipment

There's no such thing as a poorly equipped Peugeot 508. Every model boasts the i-Cockpit system and infotainment mentioned above, as well as dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, automatic headlights, wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Trim levels were shaken up in 2023, leaving a simplified lineup of just Allure, GT and the PSE performance model. 

A set of 17-inch alloy wheels is standard with the entry-level Allure, along with a leather steering wheel and half faux-leather, half-cloth seats.

GT models are visually unchanged on the outside, bar a set of 18-inch alloy wheels and black-painted mirror caps. You get automatic cruise control with stop-and-go function, a 360-degree parking camera and electrically-folding door mirrors. There’s a few cabin upgrades, too, including more ambient lighting, heated seats with Alcantara inserts and contrasting stitching.

Both petrol and plug-in hybrid engines can be specified for Allure and GT.

Sporty PSE models get even more kit, including active suspension with three different modes, night vision, an electric tailgate, an upgraded sound system, wireless smartphone charging and leather seats. You’ll spot a 508 PSE from the outside by its 20-inch wheels and various black and acid green styling accents. 

Options

If none of the above quite match the specification you want, you can choose selected options on every model. Options range from a manually retractable towbar for £800, to a £2,000 full leather interior. Ticking the panoramic sunroof box adds £1,100 to the bill.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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