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Peugeot 508 hatchback - Reliability & safety

508 reliability remains to be proven, but the signs are positive so far

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4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Peugeot has a good reputation for producing safe family cars, and most of its recent models have received five-star safety ratings from independent crash safety experts Euro NCAP.

Peugeot came in ninth place out of 32 brands in our 2023 Driver Power survey in terms of overall score, ahead of rival manufacturers including Volkswagen (27th), Ford (28th) and BMW (21st). 

Peugeot 508 reliability

There's a lot of new technology under the surface of the latest Peugeot 508, but its underlying platform – dubbed EMP2 – is used by a number of Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Vauxhall/Opel models – all of which are part of the PSA Group. Although the 508 pushes the power up a notch, the PureHDi diesel and PureTech petrol engines are based on familiar technology and should be trouble-free.

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Around 19% of Peugeot owners reported an issue in the first year of ownership in our 2023 Driver Power survey – that’s a better-than-average score for reliability and a lower report of faults than all of the brands that finished ahead of Peugeot overall, except for Lexus.

Safety

Expert car safety organisation Euro NCAP bestowed the 508 with a very competitive five-star rating. No doubt contributing to this achievement are the many safety features Peugeot includes for this model. Autonomous emergency braking is standard across the range, and upper trim levels offer active cruise control with a stop-and-go facility that should reduce driver fatigue on long motorway trips. Providing its structure proves strong in an impact, the Peugeot 508 should be a safe way for your family to travel.

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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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