2020 Peugeot 508 review

2020 Peugeot 508 review

Hojo isn’t stupid they know you know an I know that it feels like everyone wants to buy an SUV and in the 3008 and 5008 they have some excellent SUVs of their own but that hasn’t stopped them keeping

their portfolio diverse by dramatically reinventing the 508 saloon Pozos hoping that some koopa inspired french design will be enough to tempt buyers away from high riding SUVs and into this low-slung

executive it’s not such a far-fetched idea after all if you’ve cast your mind back you may remember that cars in this segment like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia were all the rage

in the UK proving hugely popular with company car fleets up and down the country but that was then and this is now so does the new Peugeot 508 show that they’re still liking the executive

car class let’s find out and if you’ve got your eye on a new 508 or any of its rivals then head to the new car buying section of walk on where you could save thousands on your next new car

to be a hit with company car drivers the 508 needs to be comfortable on the many motorway miles that you’ll likely be traveling in it unfortunately though

this isn’t a strong point for the car it’s not uncomfortable but regardless of your speed it fidgets more over road imperfections than many of its rivals even if you have the adaptive suspension

set to comfort but the upside to that slightly firm ride is that the 508 resists body lean well through corners and it grips well to the steering isn’t as precise as a Mazda 6 or Ford Mondeo

2020 Peugeot 508 review

is though so if you meet a twisty bit of road you’ll actually have more fun and feel more confident driving there rather than the five away as for the engines

that are available in the 508 there’s three diesels and two petrels to choose from the affordable entry level 1.5 litre diesel actually feels pretty

underpowered so it can mean the overtaking and motorway journeys feel a bit of a strain if you want more power there’s a 2 litre diesel engine that is available in two different states of

tune so whichever you choose they’re reasonably refined and noticeably more powerful but just bear in mind that they will cost more to buy actually though

we’d recommend petrol power in your 508 there’s the 179 brake horsepower 1.6 litre pure tech engine and that is a smooth responsive engine that feels much

more zingy than the diesels but it doesn’t quite have the low-end pulling power that you can get with the diesel engines if you do want a bit of extra

oomph there’s a 221 brake horsepower version of the same engine and that offers noticeably more performance but for private buyers we’d recommend

sticking with the lower powered version of that engine because it’s still a fine performer and it offers better value an 8-speed automatic gearbox is standard on

all but the entry-level 1.5 litre diesel which gets a six-speed manual gearbox the auto can be hesitant around town but is otherwise impressively smooth and

quick in its shifts we avoid the manual because of its long Nachi throat we are big fans of Pozos latest theory of interior designs that feature in the

3008 and 5008 suvs and in the 508 it gets a similar high cockpit layout it definitely impresses with its design especially because lots of its rivals

are functional but quite frankly a bit boring by comparison and actually interior quality impresses as well there’s lots of soft touch plastics

around and the only thing that lets the side down a bit is this cheap feeling plastic on the door here but a bigger problem for the 508 is that this small

steering wheel which looks kind of cool in a bit quirky and it’s different actually blocks your view of some of the dials on this twelve point three inch

driver display and actually the only way to get around it is to put the steering wheel lower than you’d have it normally

another problem is visibility in the 508 these pillars here are really really thick and can obscure your view out at some junctions and the rear screen and the side windows are really small as

well but the good thing is you get parking sensors as standard on entry-level models and if you go up one trim to a law you get front sensors and a reversing camera thrown in as well and

if you go for a low trim you get a bigger ten inch touchscreen infotainment display all models get an 8 inch screen as standard unfortunately though regardless of the size it’s not a

particularly good system to use that’s because it’s laggy to respond to your touches and the menus are kind of confusingly laid out what is good though is that you get sat-nav apple carplay

and android auto as standard back here there’s enough legroom for a 6-footer to fold their legs in behind a lanky driver but the rear headroom is so limited that you’re only going to be comfortable on

long journeys if you’re a child or shorter adult you definitely be more comfortable in a Skoda Superb the boots also on the small side compared to its

executive car rivals offering less room than a master 6 and a lot less room than the cavernous Skoda Superb at least the 508 does get a large boot opening which will help load in bulky items and you

can fold down the rear seats in a 60/40 split-folding configuration by pulling these toggles just behind the headrests but as you can see the seats don’t lie completely flat the 508 starting price puts it right in

Skoda Superb and Ford Mondeo territory with top end models getting close to the kia stinger and the Volkswagen Artyom so in short it’s not exactly a bargain and

if you’re buying on a pcp monthly finance deal then things don’t get much better either with high monthly costs making the 5 away not look quite so

tempting as better value rivals but if you’re buying it as a company car that’s where the Peugeot 508 can make some sense because the 1.5 liter diesel offers low co2 emissions and very

impressive fuel economy and you’ll be paying less in benefit and coin tax than an equivalent Skoda Superb or Mazda 6 it’s a safe car too with automatic

emergency braking Lane Keeping Assist and blind spot monitoring as standard as four trim levels which stick with the law which is the second on the ladder

and represents the best value for money bringing that bigger touchscreen parking sensors and a reversing camera there’s no doubt that there’s life yet in the

executive car class unfortunately though the Peugeot 508 isn’t the best demonstration of that it’s stylish sure and it can be a cheap company car but in

terms of driving and practicality there are much better examples in the class like the Skoda Superb

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