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Ryan Darby

Ryan Darby

Ryan is the Content Marketing Executive at Carparison, keeping you up to date on our socials. He also takes the lead on our fantastic car reviews, and with his experience, is the perfect person to make sure you have all the information you need.

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Meet the punchy family car with lofty ambitions

Peugeot wanted to make a statement with the 508 and with its bold, eye-catching looks, it does that…and then some.  

Keen to offer an alternative for those seeking something that isn't the traditional family SUV, the Peugeot 508 is a fastback that promises a sporty drive without compromising on that all-important everyday practical space.

Competing with the likes of the Vauxhall Insignia and the Skoda Superb, the Peugeot 508 also sets its sights on more expensive rivals like the Audi A5 Sportback or the Volkswagen Arteon

In this latest Carparison review, we’re behind the wheel of Allure 1.6L PureTech 180 EAT8 S&S to see how it performs.

Peugeot 508 parked on hill

What did we drive?

Engine: 1.6L PureTech 180 EAT8 S&S – 131hp

Model Line: Allure 

Transmission: Auto

Power: Petrol

Colour: Cumulus Grey

Wheels: 17” Merion diamond-cut two-tone

OTR from: £27,865

Price of model driven: £33,460

*Prices correct at the time of publication

Price

If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of an entry-level 508, prices will start from around £27,865. Prices will rise to at least £32,665 for range-topping GT Premium spec.

A Skoda Superb is available as the slightly cheaper option when compared directly to the 508, but whether or not you think the former is as premium as the 508 is ultimately down to personal preference.

Similarly, prices for the Vauxhall Insignia can start from just under £26,000 but it perhaps falls short of the 508 in terms of its design.

Peugeot lease deal through Carparison can create a cost-effective monthly payment that allows you to enjoy this fantastic family car for a fraction of the cost.

Peugeot 508 driving on grass

Engines

1.2 PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S - Petrol - 131hp - 131 CO2 g/km - from £27,865

1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S - Diesel - 131hp - 121 CO2 g/km - from £29,815

1.6L PureTech 180 EAT8 S&S – Petrol – 181hp – 145 CO2 g/km – from £31,710

1.6L PureTech 225 EAT8 S&S – Petrol – 225hp – 158 CO2 g/km – from £38,410

Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 S&S - Hybrid - 225hp - 29 CO2 - from £36,010

*All engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission

Drive

The drive can trick you into thinking that the 508 is sportier than it is. Even though we weren’t driving the range-topping GT trims, you really do feel tucked in behind the wheel.

The smaller compact wheel, a trademark of many Peugeot models, is fantastic and creates a feeling of agile and lightweight steering. It adds to that sensation that we all crave, to feel like you are involved when you’re behind the wheel. 

You have your standard choice of the three Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes and the latter is suitably punchy for motorway speeds. The soundtrack that compliments it is a somewhat surprising, but nice addition. Not what many would’ve expected from a Peugeot. 

The aggressive sloping roof does eat into rear visibility quite a bit, with large C pillars creating some noticeable blind spots. They’re manageable and we wouldn’t consider them to be dealbreakers, but the reality of having a roof like the 508 does is the hindered rear visibility.

Peugeot 508 exterior design

Design and Interior

Fierce is the best word we could think of to describe the Peugeot 508 - the front fang-like headlights give it a real sense of character. 

At the rear, the lights run into the boot and onto a dark strip that houses the Peugeot badge. The bold styling choices by Peugeot have helped the 508 go from safe family car to something more unique and sporty.

It’s the interior design where the 508 impresses the most. Peugeot have created a very refined and smart, welcoming cabin that does catch the eye. Compared to rivals like the Superb, the level of detail surpasses Skoda’s offering and the overall look is incredibly clean and sleek.

A carbon effect runs from the doors, into the dash and throughout the centre console, in a design that feels far more premium than the price tag suggests. That houses an 8 or 10inch touchscreen (trim dependent), which does sit lower than most would, but it certainly doesn’t look out of place. 

Sitting beneath the touchscreen is a row of piano style toggles that offer a nice balance for those who enjoy the mixture of hard and touch-sensitive buttons. The combination of the two work well together and after a bit of time, it soon becomes second nature. 

Comfort levels were very high from the Mistral tri-material ‘Imila’ leather effect and ‘Brumeo’ cloth, so longer journeys would not be a struggle.

The overall layout is very similar to what we saw during our Peugeot e-2008 review, but on reflection, it actually looks much more at home here. 

Perhaps it was the raised driving position in the latter, but the way you sit slightly deeper in the 508 means everything is angled towards you more naturally and it just felt like a good place to be. 

Peugeot have created a cabin that feels nicely compact. The small steering wheel, lower driving position and large centre console separates the driver away from the passenger. You do get the sense that you’re almost divided into two separate cabins and not sitting on top of one another in the front – which I quite enjoyed, though this is of course personal preference! 

If we were to have one small (and we’re being picky here!) complaint, it would be the driving mode switch, which has been placed just behind the gear selector. It looks fine from a design perspective, but when it comes to actually using it, you have to arc your hand underneath and around when driving. It takes a bit of getting used but if you’re someone who plans to constantly change through the driving modes, it may be something you notice.

Peugeot 508 interior design

Space and Practicality

The 508 is best suited to being a family car. The long roofline creates a large, square boot opening. You have a small load lip to contend with, but overall, there’s a really good space that you won’t struggle to get bigger items in and out. 

The caveat to this is that you’re going to want to limit the rear passenger seats to smaller adults or kids. While you may compromise on space for taller passengers, you’re left with very competitive boot space, with an official capacity of 487L, which rises to just over 1500L with the rear seats folded down. You also have the option of through loading with a ski-hatch. 

Headroom in the front cabin is a different story in fact, where a generous amount of room means taller drivers don’t need to fear the thought of climbing in and out of the 508. 

Once you look past the headroom in the rear, it quickly becomes clear that the 508 is quite a practical space for your everyday use. There are good-sized door bins and various cubby holes and compartments for your storage. 

Peugeot 508 boot space

Technology 

In the front of the cabin, you’ve got two USB ports, a 12V socket and an optional wireless charging plate hidden underneath the centre console. For passengers in the rear, they have access to a 12V socket. 

One of the main strengths of the 508 is the iCockpit, which more than holds its own against some of Peugeot’s more expensive rivals when it comes to driver displays. It's crystal clear, looks incredibly modern and offers a great amount of customisation for the driver. The 12.3” screen also comes as standard throughout the 508 range. 

Peugeot 508 infotainment system

Safety

If you plan to lease the 508 as your family car of choice, safety is undoubtedly going to be an important factor for you and it ranks highly. The 508 secured a five-star EURO NCAP rating, with a 96% score for adult occupants. 

An Active Braking System comes as standard on all models, which helps the car reduce its speed if the driver is unable to react in enough time.

Blind Spot Monitoring and Adaptive Cruise Control are standard from Allure and Allure Premium trims respectively if you’re searching for additional safety features.

The 508 also comes with Lane Positioning Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assistance, as well as Road Sign and Speed Limit Recognition as standard.  

Peugeot 508 badge and detailing

Model Lines and Equipment

Active Premium - £27,865

  • PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance
  • Visio Park1 - 180 colour reversing camera
  • Safety Pack
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Peugeot Open and Go (keyless entry and push button start)
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Mirror Screen
  • Visibility Pack

Allure – from £28,765

(In addition/replacement from Active Premium)

  • 10” HD colour touchscreen
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Speed limit + road sign recognition and recommendation
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Ambient lighting in storage compartments
  • Driver and front passenger seat electric lumbar
  • Connected 3D Navigation
  • Voice recognition

Allure Premium – from £29,765

(In addition/replacement from Allure)

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane positioning assist
  • Smart Electric tailgate
  • Electrical lumbar & adjusting seating
  • Leather effect & cloth seat trim

GT – from £30,765

(In addition/replacement from Allure Premium)

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • GT specific badging
  • Full LED headlights
  • Nera Black door mirror shells
  • Blue ambient lighting

GT Premium- £32,665

(In addition/replacement from GT)

  • Visio Park 3: 360° HD camera system
  • Fully automated parking assistance
  • Active suspension
  • Stainless steel door sill scuff plates
  • FOCAL premium HIFI speaker system
  • 19” alloy wheels (Petrol/Diesel)
  • 18” alloy wheels (PHEV)

*Prices and model lines correct at the time of publication

Peugeot 508 profile

Verdict

We weren’t too sure what to expect from the 508 before our review, but it did impress. It sits right in the middle of its class – surpassing the cheaper rivals comfortably.

It is perhaps not quite at the level of the respective Audi or Volkswagen rivals, but it makes a good go at competing with them.

The cabin feels extremely premium on face value and the drive is smooth and easy to handle – making it ideal for those long family journeys.

With that in mind, at its current price point, a 508 lease has to be considered as fantastic value for money.

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