Review - Peugeot 508
March 29, 2021
French cars. They’ve always been interesting, with classy and innovative designs, and often filled with smart technologies. However, they don’t have the best reputation for reliability, and resale is not the best. The Peugeot 508 looks so good though, as far as sleek Euro sedans and wagons go. Should you take a potential plunge and buy one?
If you’re thinking about buying a French car because you want exceptional comfort, the 508 brings it in spades. The cabin is filled with classy details, such as piano black trimmings around the dash and console, while the big and supportive seats are wrapped in quality leather with contrast stitching available. Most adjustments are electric, with lots of buttons and controls to play with.
We wouldn’t call it the largest of sedans (or wagons), but it is one of the biggest in the class. The cabin is easily capacious enough to swallow a full family and their belongings. Legroom is plentiful in the front and just as welcoming in the back, while headroom will suffice for most passengers in both areas.
As a bonus, the 508 cabin environment has a unique open and airy feel to it, with a low centre console and forward dash providing an uncluttered experience. In the very back the wagon version offers 612 litres of cargo space, expandable to 1817 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Runs on the smell of an oily rag
In dense traffic conditions the 508 is ideal because it has a knack for settling your frustration of a busy morning commute. The engine is quiet and there is plenty of effortless grunt from the diesel, and the relaxed ambience of the cabin is calming.
Peugeot offers a range of engines, include a flagship 2.0-litre turbo-diesel GT as tested here. Despite offering a strong 400Nm of torque, fuel consumption is rated at just 4.5L/100km. With its 72-litre fuel tank full the potential range is an eye-opening 1600km.
We like the exterior styling and the comprehensible interior layout, and of course the fuel economy of the diesel. The problem for us is the price. In flagship GT wagon form, you’re looking at around $60k before on-road costs. This price point is snapping at the heels of some of the higher grade German rivals.
If you want something a little different with a touch of French suaveness though, with brilliant cruising comfort and economy, then this is definitely one you should be checking out.
5 specs you need to know:
- Engine: 2.0-litre turbo-diesel
- Transmission and drive: Six-speed auto, front-wheel drive
- ANCAP safety rating: Five stars
- Official fuel economy: 4.5L/100km (6.5L/100km during test)
- Time from 0-100km/h: 9.4 seconds
- Cool executive-class design
- Unbelievably fuel efficient
- Good space and comfort
- Lacks some modern features
- Pricey in top GT form