Peugeot 508

Peugeot’s stylish 508 saloon

15 February 2018

PEUGEOT is raising the stakes in the executive hatchback sector of the market with a stunning new model that instantly becomes the most stylish in its class by a country mile.

Destined to replace one of Europe’s most under-rated saloons, the all-new Peugeot 508 skilfully combines coupe-style attractiveness with hatchback practicality.

It lines up alongside another seriously under-rated premium-sector model, in the highly desirable guise of the new Vauxhall Insignia, which is now also part of the Peugeot-Citroen stable.

The PSA Group is hoping that increasingly cost-conscious punters will finally realise that such impressive offerings are an easy match for German rivals with so-called designer badges costing many thousands more.

The new Peugeot in particular raises the bar in the style stakes with a rakish semi-coupe design that makes it extraordinarily aspirational.

Compare it to a BMW 3 Series and there is surely no contest, with the Peugeot also stealing a march in terms of the cost of the car and what is on offer for the money.

The inspirational design incorporates elegant frameless doors, eye-catching large-diameter alloy wheels and attractive body sculptures with the practicality of the large rear tailgate giving easy access to a 485-litre cargo area.

At the rear there are full LED so-called claw-effect tail lights whilst at the front is a high-gloss chessboard grille flanked by the sort of horizontal and vertical lighting arrangements that endow the vehicle with a uniquely distinctive appearance from a mile away.

Inside the truly premium interior there is full grain leather, a ten-inch  touch-control screen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. It also features i-Cockpit Amplify, which enables the driver to choose between two levels of ambience – Boost and Relax.

Offered initially with a choice of half a dozen 1.6-litre and two-litre petrol and diesel engines with power outputs ranging from 130bhp to 225bhp, there is a further choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

Although there is no mention of it at present, there is also bound to be a hybrid and undoubtedly a pure electric option in due course.

The car even features proper night vision, which Peugeot claims is entirely new to the segment, using infra-red cameras with the ability to detect pedestrians in total darkness at night.

Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato suggests that executive class leaders BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are firmly in his sights with the words: ``the new 508 will shake up the market with an outstanding new car that can compete with the best.

``We will establish Peugeot as the best high-end generalist car company in the market.’’

The order book opens this summer, with prices to be announced later. The current car costs up to £32,000.