The 508 is a production version of the ‘5’ concept car that Peugeot showcased a year ago. It also borrows distinct lines from the SR1 concept, with curvy tail lights and an LED festooned front end. It’s one of the most sophisticated Peugeot’s we’ve seen, with the SW version competing for head turns with the likes of the Audi A4 and Volkswagen Passat.
Inside, there’s plenty of room. The designers have been extremely clever, because the 508 not only gives the impression of space, with a huge glass roof extending back to the rear passenger seats, it actually has a lot of space, despite its outwardly compact appearance it’s Tardis like. The saloon offers a boot area of 545 litres the SW model can jump to 1,865 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
The driving experience is a pleasant one. Good cockpit insulation means your iPhone or in car stereo doesn’t have to be stretched and distorted to be heard over the roar of the engines choices range from a 1.6-litre petrol to 2.2-litre diesel. Plump for the e HDi version and you’ll get the option of stop/start technology, bringing the 508 back to life at traffic lights with the slightest nudge of the accelerator. This model delivers 109g/km emissions.
Multimedia-wise, there’s the option for Peugeot’s Connect Navigation (RT6) with Bluetooth connectivity and a JBL sound system. Naturally, we chose to drive this version and found the connectivity straightforward either wirelessly through A2DP or via USB. Our favourite piece of tech, however, is the automatic SOS feature that, if your airbags inflate, pinpoints your exact location and opens up a telephone link to the emergency services. There’s also a manual SOS button on the dash that, when pressed for three seconds, also opens up an emergency call.
Price : £18150