Peugeot 508

The Essentials

  • Price from £18,450
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 67.2mpg
  • What is it? A very smart family car that's good to drive and reassuringly inexpensive to own.

Great

  • Good looking inside and out
  • Rewarding to drive
  • Efficient e-HDI engine claims 67.2mpg

Gripes

  • Ride is on the firm side
  • Cheapest models fitted with no more than the basic kit
  • Can't match a Ford Mondeo for out and out space
  • Drive

    Genuinely enjoyable to drive, with uber-efficient engines

  • Inside

    Plenty of adjustment to help anyone get comfortable at the wheel

  • Safety

    Good safety kit and a maximum five-star crash test rating

  • Reliability

    Based on the build quality we'd expect it to fare much better than its 407 predecessor

  • Space

    Generous cabin and boot space is up with the best cars in this class

  • Standard and extras

    Entry level cars have the basics but little more

  • What's it like to drive?

    The 508 ticks most of the boxes ? it's fun to drive, with smooth, quiet engines and good body control. There's decent feedback from the steering and GT models offer a sharper set-up if you want an even more responsive drive. The ride is a touch firm on all versions, but it's not enough to make things uncomfortable. We like the 2.0-litre diesel with 138bhp which is strong but efficient.

  • What's it like inside?

    A family of five should be able to get comfortable inside the Peugeot 508 even if it's not quite as roomy in the back as a Ford Mondeo or VW Passat. There's a low central tunnel so the middle rear passenger gets plenty of footspace, too. The boot is a useful shape and size. All the dashboard controls are smart to look at and straightforward to find and use.
    The cheapest Access models have air-con, electric windows and a USB socket; we'd upgrade to at least SR for cruise control, Bluetooth and sat-nav.

  • How reliable is it?

    A family of five should be able to get comfortable inside the Peugeot 508 even if it's not quite as roomy in the back as a Ford Mondeo or VW Passat. There's a low central tunnel so the middle rear passenger gets plenty of footspace, too. The boot is a useful shape and size. All the dashboard controls are smart to look at and straightforward to find and use.
    The cheapest Access models have air-con, electric windows and a USB socket; we'd upgrade to at least SR for cruise control, Bluetooth and sat-nav.

  • Should I buy one?

    The 508 makes a tempting family or business car, mainly thanks to the fuel-efficient diesel engines which help keep fuel and tax bills impressively low. It's cheaper to buy than an equivalent VW Passat and roughly comparable with a Ford Mondeo.