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Peugeot 508 1.2 PureTech GT 5dr EAT8

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 5 door hatchback
  • 134 g/km CO2
  • 134 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 10 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 131 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

Big French cars used to be interesting. Distinctive. Now, they are again. Or at least this one is anyway, the sleeker improved version of the second generation Peugeot 508. As before, it competes in the now much-abandoned medium range Passat and Mazda 6 segment but offers something quite different, with 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 developed this second generation 'R83'-series 508 and launched it in 2018, unconcerned that it would probably be as rare a sight as a unicorn on British highways. For likely buyers, that's actually been part of the appeal and this MK2 508 Fastback and SW estate range has fared reasonably well, though this package of mid-term updates will be welcome.

Driving Experience

There are no significant mechanical updates here - which is surprising because on the base PureTech 130 petrol model, we'd expected to see the mild hybrid 48V tech lately introduced into this engine in the 3008 SUVs. As before, that 1.2-litre three cylinder engine putting out 130hp can only be had with EAT8 8-speed auto transmission. This time round though, there's no accompanying alternative 1.5-litre four cylinder BlueHDi diesel. To replace diesel drive, Peugeot can offer you a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain based around a 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine, mated to a 110hp electric motor powered by a 12.4kWh battery which when fully charged offers an EV range of up to 42.3 miles. That's with the front-driven Hybrid 225 model we tried. If you want to go fast in a 508 Hybrid, you'll need the pricey 'Peugeot Sport Engineered' 360hp AWD version, which trims the 0-62mph time to just 5.2s. But that 'PSE' version's not our focus here. What's a mainstream 508 like on the road? Well Peugeot's bold claim at the original launch of this car was that 'if you drive it, you'll buy it'. Don't expect from this that we're looking at a super sharp-handling BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe rival here, but you might be surprised by just how crisply the 508 responds - and of course it's a consumate high speed cruiser, aided by a well-judged supple multi-link rear suspension set-up, with an adaptive damping system optional. At the wheel of any 508, you're positioned in front of Peugeot's distinctive '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. 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

If you were familiar with the original version of this second generation 508, you'll immediately notice that the front end of this updated model has a considerably sleeker look. There are now three lighting 'fangs' and a redesigned grille, similar to that which features on the smaller 408, has gloss and textured black features, as well as the latest Peugeot emblem. Plus the narrow beady LED headlights now have standard-fit matrix tech. As before, there's a choice of either a 4.75-metre-long five-door hatch model (which the brand wants us to call a 'Fastback') or a swoopy 4.79-metre SW estate variant. The idea 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. As before, the unusual style-led exterior looks are mirrored by an original interior, with a redesigned dashboard and centre console. The fascia's still highlighted, as mentioned in our drive section, by the usual Peugeot i-Cockpit dashboard design, plus there's a large 10-inch capacitive infotainment touchscreen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument display. The centre screen benefits from updated media tech, allowing for wider customisation options. The auto gear shifter's different too, switching from the previous olf-school 'trigger' to the more discreet finger-pull selector that now features on other Stellantis Group models. As before, the cabin can also feature the brand's 'i-Cockpit Amplify' system, which enables the driver to choose between two levels of ambience - 'Boost' and 'Relax'. The rear seat space is reasonable, but three adults will need to be on friendly terms. The Fastback has a large, shallow 487-litre boot. With the SW estate, the cargo area is 530-litres in size, extendable to 1,780-litres.

Market and Model

You'll need to think in terms of 508 pricing starting from around £34,000. With this updated range, there are only two mainstream trim options - 'Allure' and 'GT', plus the top high performance PHEV 'Peugeot Sport Engineered' model, for which you'll need around £54,000. On all versions, allow £1,200 more for the SW estate bodyshape. All 508s have EAT8 auto transmission and there's a £1,600 premium for the SW estate. Even base 'Allure'-spec gives you Connected 3D Navigation with voice recognition, automatic dual zone climate control and the 'Peugeot i-Cockpit' digital instrument binnacle screen. At the top of the range, there's the option of adaptive damping, a superb 'FOCAL' surround sound Hi-Fi system, night vision and a wireless smartphone charger. The wrap-around seats can be specified with 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. All the usual drive assistance elements are included - and you can have level two semi-autonomous capability. Expect to find features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane assist, rear parking sensors, a rear reversing camera and an automatic high beam.

Cost of Ownership

Peugeot usually specialises in extremely efficient running cost returns and this 508 is no different in that regard. Let's get to the WLP-rated figures. For the 1.2 PureTech 130 petrol unit with its EAT8 auto transmission, the figures are up to 50.0mpg on the combined cycle and up to 127g/km of CO2. For really frugal running cost returns though, you'll need the clever Hybrid Plug-in variant, which in '225' form returns up to 274.8mpg on the combined cycle. This uses an 12.4kWh battery which can be fully charged in an hour and 45 minutes using a standard 7.4kW Wallbox. Once that's done, an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of up to 42.3 miles is possible. Hybrid versions can be equipped with either a 3.7kW or (optionally) a 7.4kW onboard charger. Even better news is the CO2 reading applied to this model, up to 23g/km, which means that it attracts a Benefit-in-Kind rate for company car drivers of just 8-12% (depending on variant). The faster 'PSE' Hybrid4 model manages 158.5mpg and 40g/km. 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

There are of course more practical and prestigiously-badged 'D'-segment models you could choose over this one. A couple might also be a little more fun to drive. But as a piece of pavement theatre, this Peugeot stands apart from most of its rivals, especially in this updated form. Are there issues? Well you have to avoid the more affordable trim level to get the full 508 design experience and that means you really will be paying premium brand money for one of these - which means you've really got to want one. But you might. The avant garde cabin, the lovely focused driving position and the distinctively French quality feel are all things that will endear the right kind of buyer to this car. Someone bored with Teutonic excellence and carpark cred who comes to this segment in search of something deliciously different. And in summary? Well not everyone will like a 508 and even fewer will be minded to buy one but if it had more generic appeal, it wouldn't be the distinctive contender it is. This car makes its segment a more interesting place, just as big Peugeots once did. There's a sense of inherent desirability here you just can't get from most of the other contenders in this class. If you like, it's the 'want one' factor. And here, you might find that a very strong draw.

  • Push button start
  • 2x USB sockets in front
  • 2x USB sockets in rear
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio/CD with MP3 compatability
  • Aluminium front door sills with black peugeot lettering
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured front grille
  • Flank guard
  • Gloss black B and C pillar and aerodynamic deflector trim
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Gloss black side window trim
  • GT model designation badging
  • Model designation badges front and rear
  • Radiator grille chrome chequered and chrome edge trim
  • Rear lower bumper diffuser effect trim in gloss black
  • Rear side wing doors
  • 12V socket
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Aikinite contrast stitching to armrest, front centre console, door panels and dashboard facia
  • Aluminium pedals and footrest
  • Automatic gear lever in full grain leather and satin chrome
  • Central front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • E-toggle automatic gear selector
  • Flocked front door pocket interior
  • Flocked glove box interior with illumination
  • Front central console with two cup holders
  • Mistral full grain perforated leather steering wheel with aikinite stitch detail and satin chrome 'GT' emblem
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit : compact multi-function steering wheel
  • Piano keys chrome plated toggle switches to access touchscreen functions
  • Rear armrest with ski flap and two cup holders
  • Roof lining - Mistral black
  • Drive assist plus pack - 508
  • Driver and passenger seat pack - 508
  • Interior LED lighting plus pack - 508
  • Safety pack - 508
  • Safety Plus Pack with road sign recognition - 508
  • Visibility pack- 508 GT/GT Premium
  • Active bonnet
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags
  • Electric child locking functionality on rear windows and doors
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests (x3), height adjustable
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts height adjustable with pre tensioners and force limiters
  • Indirect tyre under inflation detection
  • Passenger airbag deactivation switch to allow for child seat fitment
  • Rear three-point retractable seatbelts (x3) with pre-tensioners and force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Driver plip action with isolated unlock function for drivers door
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Perimetric and volumetric alarm with lift and tilt sensor
  • Peugeot open and go system with keyless entry/stop start button
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • CO: 0.341
  • HC: 0.02
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • NOx: 0.038
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 132
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1199
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • Engine Code: EB2ADTS
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 42.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 50
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 41.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 51.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 48.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 57.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 37.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 42.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 48.2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: PureTech
  • Coin Series: GT
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 26E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Top Speed: 132
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: EPHERRA
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1403
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4750
  • Wheelbase: 2793
  • Width: 1859
  • Width (including mirrors): 2079
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1960
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1537
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 487
  • Max. Loading Weight: 534
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1340
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1426
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8