Peugeot 508 1.6 PureTech Allure Premium 5dr EAT8

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 5 door hatchback
  • 145 g/km CO2

Ten Second Review

Big French cars used to be interesting. Distinctive. Now, they are again. Or at least this one is anyway, the second generation version of Peugeot's 508. It competes in the medium range Mondeo segment but offers something quite different, offering a choice of five-door 'Fastback' and SW estate body styles. You might even prefer it to something with a premium badge.

Background

Once upon a time, European roads were filled with volume brand 'D'-segment cars. Mondeos were plentiful, as were the mainstream mid-sized Vauxhalls, Renaults, Citroens and Peugeots that competed with this Ford. But that was then. A new 'D'-segment model is quite rare to see on the roads these days - partly because so many brands no longer bother to sell them. Which is somewhat short-sighted given that the huge Chinese market, unafflicted by badge snobbery, simply loves cars of this kind. Hence the reason why Peugeot has developed this second generation 508, despite the fact that it'll probably be as rare a sight as a unicorn on British highways. Indeed, for likely buyers, that'll be all part of the appeal.

Driving Experience

Peugeot's CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato says "If you drive this car, you'll buy it". Quite a claim. The hardware certainly looks promising here. There's a proper multi-link rear suspension set-up and a strong crop of engines from which buyers can choose. The previous generation 508 was launched here with an all-diesel line-up, but a lot's changed since then and today, a car in this class needs strong petrol provision too - which it gets in this case courtesy of a couple of 1.6-litre turbo petrol units, developing either 179bhp or 221bhp. There's also a 129bhp 1.5-litre diesel and 161bhp and 174bhp 2.0 diesels. Only the 1.5 diesel gets a six-speed manual gearbox; the others must be ordered with an eight-speed automatic. Peugeot can also offer you a plug-in hybrid version which uses a 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine mated to an 80kW electric motor, the resulting package offering a combined total output of 225hp. At the wheel, you're positioned in front of a further improved version of Peugeot's i-Cockpit dashboard layout, which as usual, sees you looking over the rim of the steering wheel at the instrument dials, rather than conventionally through it. And as usual, the leather-stitched tiller in question is a small, grippy thing which gives you the illusion of greater interaction with the car. Or maybe it won't be an illusion. Higher-spec models are fitted out with adaptive damping. And all variants get the usual drive modes system, which adapts steering, throttle and gear change timings to the way you want to drive.

Design and Build

Style rather than space seems to have been the key determining factor in devising the look of this MK2 model 508 - and the car is all the better for it. The big news is that the saloon body style of previous Peugeot medium range models has been abandoned in favour of a hatch body shape - though the brand wants us to call it a 'Fastback'. The idea obviously, is to position this car as an alternative to models like the Audi A5 Sportback or the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Which might be something of a stretch, even though like those cars, this one has a set of trendy frameless windows. The alternative 508 SW estate model has a 530-litre boot, extendable to 1,780-litres. The sharky looks will probably be the thing that'll best sell this model to you. The front end with its sleek, thin vertical daytime running light strips, really makes a powerful overtaking statement. This 508, as just suggested, is slightly shorter than the segment norm - a 4.7-metre overall length is a bit less than you get in either a Ford Mondeo or Skoda Superb (both of which are around 4.9-metres in length). The unusual exterior looks are mirrored by an original interior, highlighted, as mentioned in our drive section, by the usual Peugeot i-Cockpit dashboard design, plus there's a large 10-inch capacitive touchscreen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. The cabin also features i-Cockpit Amplify, which enables the driver to choose between two levels of ambience - 'Boost' and 'Relax'.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £26,000 for the Fastback version; there's a £1,600 premium for the SW estate. There's a choice of 'Active', 'Allure', 'GT Line' and 'GT' variants. All are well equipped. Even base 'Active'-spec gives you 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlamps and wipers and Connected 3D Navigation with voice recognition. You'll need to stretch at least as far as mid-range 'Allure'-spec though, to get the 'Peugeot i-Cockpit' digital instrument binnacle screen. At the top of the range on plush variants, equipment runs to just about everything Peugeot could think of, including a superb 'FOCAL' surround sound Hi-Fi system, night vision, fully automated parking assistance and of course full navigation on the 10-inch central-dash HD touchscreen. There's also a 360-degree colour camera system and a wireless smartphone charging plate to keep your mobile's battery topped up during long drives. The wrap-around seats offer five multi-point massage programmes, there's a range of premium and sophisticated trim and upholstery materials and you can have a panoramic opening glass roof.

Cost of Ownership

Peugeot usually specialises in extremely efficient running cost returns and this 508 SW is no different in that regard. The base 1.5 BlueHDi 130 variant in manual form manages up to 63.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and puts out just 93g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. For the 2.0 BlueHDi diesel 160 EAT8 variant, the figures are up to 52.9mpg and up to 110g/km. And for the top 2.0 BlueHDi diesel 180 EAT8 version, you're looking at are up to 50.3mpg and up to 109g/km. Want petrol power? Well for the 1.6 PureTech 225 petrol unit with its EAT8 auto transmission, the figures are up to 44.0mpg on the combined cycle and 114g/km of CO2. For the perkier 225hp version of this engine, it's 42.2mpg and 119g/km. For really frugal running cost returns though, you'll need the clever hybrid plug-in variant. This uses an 11.8kWh battery which can be fully charged in under two hours using a standard 7kW Wallbox. Once that's done, an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of between 30-39 miles is possible. Even better news is the 39g/km CO2 reading applied to this model, which means that it attracts a Benefit-in-Kind rate for company car drivers of just 10%. Of course running costs are about a lot more than just fuel economy and CO2 readings, so what else are you going to need to know? Well, there's the usual unremarkable three year/60,000-mile warranty. And if you are paying for maintenance work, you can budget ahead for it by taking up Peugeot's 'Service Plan' that for a fixed monthly fee, can cover you for up to 50,000 miles of motoring over either three or five years.

Summary

Peugeot says that this is the first medium range car it's made that it isn't really interested in selling to fleets. Well, obviously it is, but not at the kind of vast discounts that fleets tend to want. Which is good news in terms of relatively buoyant residuals for private buyers. So yes, if you like the look and feel of a 508, you can buy one without undue worry that you're going to lose a fortune when the time comes to sell. On the contrary, we expect that this car will out-perform all its volume brand rivals in this regard. Which is appropriate given that in terms of inherent desirability, this 508 offers something you just can't get from a Mondeo, an Insignia, a Passat or a Superb. That 'want one' factor. It's a strong draw.

  • Stainless steel door sill scuff plates
  • Rear lower bumper diffuser effect trim in gloss black
  • Gloss black B and C pillar and aerodynamic deflector trim
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Model designation badges front and rear
  • Radiator grille chrome chequered and chrome edge trim
  • Body colour door handles
  • Smart electric tailgate
  • Gloss black side window trim
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • 2x USB sockets in rear
  • Radio/CD with MP3 compatability
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 2 x USB sockets in front
  • 8 speakers
  • Safety pack - 508
  • Interior LED lighting plus pack - 508
  • Safety Plus Pack - 508
  • Drive assist plus pack - 508
  • Visibility pack - 508
  • Indirect tyre under inflation detection
  • Warning triangle
  • Electric child locking functionality on rear windows and doors
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Active bonnet
  • Passenger airbag deactivation switch to allow for child seat fitment
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts height adjustable with pre tensioners and force limiters
  • Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags
  • Rear three-point retractable seatbelts (x3) with pre-tensioners and force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests (x3), height adjustable
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Aluminium pedals and footrest
  • Front central console with two cup holders
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Automatic gear lever in full grain leather and satin chrome
  • Mistral full-grain leather steering wheel with stitch detail
  • Aikinite contrast stitching to armrest, front centre console, door panels and dashboard facia
  • Rear armrest with ski flap and two cup holders
  • Flocked front door pocket interior
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Flocked glove box interior with illumination
  • Roof lining - Mistral black
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit : compact sports steering wheel
  • Central front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • Piano keys chrome plated toggle switches to access touchscreen functions
  • Driver plip action with isolated unlock function for drivers door
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Peugeot open and go system with keyless entry/stop start button
  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Perimetric and volumetric alarm with lift and tilt sensor
  • Push button start
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 79
  • Special Order: False
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Power: 180
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 29E
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Special Edition: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • Coin Series: Allure Premium
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • Coin Description: PureTech
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Based On ID: N
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 38.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 38.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 43.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 44
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 38.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 51.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 29.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 45
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 31.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 45.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Alloys: True
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Wheel Style: MERION DIAMOND CUT
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.8
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • CC: 1598
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 205
  • CO2 (g/km): 114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 140
  • HC+NOx: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 142
  • HC: 0.024
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 145
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.033
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 216
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 165
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • CO: 0.39
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 124
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.8
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1650
  • Engine Power - KW: 133
  • Engine Power - BHP: 181
  • Length: 4750
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Width: 1860
  • Width (including mirrors): 2079
  • Wheelbase: 2800
  • Height: 1403
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1420
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1999
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1537
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 745
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 487
  • Max. Loading Weight: 579