With some subtle, elegant styling and french chic the Peugeot 508 is a very classy cruiser writes Suzanne Keane
What is it? Peugeot are planning to move more upmarket with their new 508 and it is being launched with new equipment, a new exterior and interior design and their latest economical engines – the 508 will also come with a 5 year extended warranty in Ireland.
First impressions of the Peugeot 508? For 2015 the 508 is much more assertive and distinctive. There’s a new headlamp design up front with LED daytime lamps as standard and the rear lights have been redesigned to give the effect of lion claws in keeping with the Peugeot branding.
What about the interior? There’s a new 7” touchscreen inside as standard and the model we drove had heated seats – ideal on a frosty morning in Galway! Visibility inside the cabin is great and it does feel comfortable – however even with the driver’s seat in its lowest position I did feel like I was sitting up too high!
And behind the wheel? We drove the 2.0L diesel model which has 140bhp and a 6 speed automatic gearbox. It produces 115g CO2/km so road tax will set you back just €200/annum.
508 in town: Despite its size the 508 doesn’t feel big and is easy to manoeuvre. The model we tested had a reversing camera so no space was too tight for parking!
508 on the open road: At the launch we had an opportunity to take the 508 down winding narrow country roads near Barna and we were pleasantly surprised by the comfort inside despite the enormous potholes and bumps. Torque delivery is also great and evenly distributed – it never felt underpowered even when I got back out onto the open road.
How Much? The entry level “Access” trim starts at €26,750 for a 1.6 Hdi 115bhp 6 speed and the SW starts at €29.290. Opt for a PCP and the 508 starts at €270 per month.
What about my options: Overall the 508 comes very well equipped in comparison to rivals and is available as a saloon or estate. There will be 3 trim levels along with a special order GT model. The basic “Access” comes with Bluetooth & USB connectivity, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control and 16” Alloys. Going up to the “Active” spec will get you a rear parking aid, Sat Nav, multi-function steering wheel and the SW comes with a panoramic glass roof. Upgrade to the top of the range “Allure” trim for goodies such as blind spot monitoring, a reversing camera and keyless “open & go” and a full leather interior.
3 words to describe the Peugeot 508: Chic; Capable, Smooth
24th March, 2015