Peugeot 508 hatchback - Interior & comfort
The Peugeot 508's well equipped interior beats rivals for style and easily matches them for technology
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.
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, but only Allure and above get a 10-inch central infotainment touchscreen in place of the standard eight-inch system. Bluetooth and MP3 compatibility are standard, as are TomTom navigation, DAB radio, MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
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, rear parking sensors, part-electric seat adjustment with cushion length adjustment, automatic headlights, wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels is standard on the Active and Allure; and they're diamond-cut on the latter.
Allure also adds the upgraded infotainment screen, active suspension (with the PureTech 180 petrol engine), ambient lighting in the storage compartments, cupholders and footwells, and full electric seat adjustment. The front seats are also heated, and have adjustable lumbar support. Allure introduces a safety pack that includes active blind-spot monitoring, driver attention alert and road-sign recognition.
Stepping up to the GT Line brings a more aggressive look, with a studded 'chequered' grille, gloss-black trim to the rear diffuser and window surrounds and 18-inch alloy wheels. LED headlamps and front indicators are fitted, as are 3D-effect LED rear lights. Inside, buyers get wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and privacy glass.
The GT offers the most powerful petrol and diesel engines, both of which come with active suspension. Adaptive cruise control is standard, with a stop-and-go feature and lane- positioning assistance. The driver’s seat and door mirrors gain position memories, both front seats have a massage feature and the whole interior is trimmed in soft Nappa leather. An upgraded Focal stereo and an electric tailgate also come as part of the package.
The hybrid powertrain is available in all trims except the entry-level Active model.
If none of the above quite match the specification you want, you can choose selected options on every model. Option prices range from £120 for a wireless smartphone charging point (standard on GT Line and above) to £1,850 for an interior bedecked in soft red Nappa leather.