Peugeot’s electrifying 508s


09 September 2019

PEUGEOT is to introduce hybrid versions of its executive hatchback and estate car ranges, which it claims will have official economy ratings of virtually 220mpg.

Precisely how that ambitious figure relates to real-life driving will not be known until the cars go on sale here in a few months.

Order books open later in the year for these latest additions to the rapidly-growing hybrid sector of the market, which is expected to replace diesels completely eventually.

In the case of the Peugeot 508 hybrids there are CO2 ratings as low as 29g/km and an electric-only driving range of about 30 miles.

This enables the newcomers to avoid crippling daily congestion charges because they are totally emissions-free in town.

They combine a 180bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine with an 80kW (110hp) electric motor on the front axle for a total power output of 165kW or 225bhp.

Both models use an 11.8kWh battery, with a full recharge taking just under two hours using an extra-cost 7kW onboard charger. According to official tests, the 508 hybrid achieves 217mpg, with the low CO2 emissions of 29g/km, while the estate version will achieve the same fuel economy with CO2 emissions of 30g/km. 

Each car will be available with four driving modes:

* Zero emissions, which is 100% electric drive for a maximum range of 33 miles.

* Sport, which combines the petrol engine and electric motor for maximum performance

* Hybrid, which switches between electric and engine power for optimised efficiency

* Comfort, which combines the hybrid mode with a softer suspension configuration for improved ride comfort.

Remarkably, the hybrids offer precisely the same amount of luggage carrying capacity as their standard counterparts despite the addition of the electric motor, which is 487 litres for the hatchback and 530 litres for the estate.

They will both be offered in three trim options of Allure, GT Line and

GT.

Top of the range GT models feature Nappa Mistral full grain leather interior trim and a very sophisticated HiFi speaker system.

Other features include adaptive cruise control, lane positioning assist and infrared cameras to highlight pedestrians and animals up to 200 meters beyond the scope of traditional headlights. Prices have yet to be announced.