Peugeot has lifted the curtain on its all-new 508, a D-segment family saloon tasked to not only compete with rivals like the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, but also to fight the shrinking popularity of large mainstream saloons in the face of growing competition from trendy SUVs and compact executive 4-doors.
At launch six engines will be available, spread between petrol and diesel. The most powerful is a 222bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol, a similar unit to the one in the excellent Peugeot 208 GTI by PS. A plug-in hybrid will arrive in late 2019 too.
Contrary to the mainstream badge, Peugeot has continued its premium push with the new 508, an objective made clear in the elegant interior. Also like the 3008, the new 508’s cabin is more interesting than those of rivals, taking aim at cars like the Audi A4 and making the straight-laced Volkswagen Passat seem positively dull by comparison. Highlights include Peugeot’s i-Cockpit digital instrument set up, sleek piano key switches that sit below the large infotainment screen and an interesting use of materials on the dash, doors and seats.
Due to go on sale in summer this year, the Peugeot 508 will also have an estate version which Peugeot will reveal later in 2018.
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