Peugeot’s Mondeo slayer

08 October 2018

PEUGEOT has unleashed the goody-laden First-Edition version of its stunning new 508SW, with prices in excess of £40,000.

This is a premium of about £4,000 over what the company was prepared to accept from anyone brave enough to sign-up for the coupe-style hatchback version way back in spring.

That was when the cars were first announced, with punters being invited to hand over a deposit of £250 to secure one of the first cars, costing £36,975 for the petrol version and £37,400 for the diesel.

This week the estate versions take to the road with prices of £40,814 and £40,939, such is the sheer desirability of the stylish newcomers.

They are offered with a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines mated to a sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission.

The First Edition versions will be limited in number for the UK, which is one of Peugeot’s biggest global markets.

The limited-edition version of the 508 range exclusively features chequered front grille trim in gloss black and 19-inch Augusta wheels, plus a multipoint massage driver’s seat with Alcantara and part Nappa Mistral full grain leather seat trim.

It is also equipped with a wide range of advanced technologies including fully automated parking assistance, a 360-dgree colour camera system and night vision.

Additionally, there is active suspension, a pedestrian-friendly active bonnet, adaptive cruise control, engine stop and go, active blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, advanced driver attention alert, and active lane keeping assistance.

You also get keyless entry and start, automatic tailgate opening activated by a waggle of the foot beneath, and even automatic parking.

Destined to replace one of Europe’s most under-rated saloons, the all-new 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 Vauxhall Insignia, which is now also part of the Peugeot-Citroen stable.

The inspirational design of the 508 incorporates elegant frameless doors, eye-catching large-diameter alloy wheels and attractive body sculptures with the practicality of the large rear tailgate giving 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.

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.

The mainstream range will be 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, plus a further choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

There is also bound to be a hybrid and undoubtedly a pure electric option in due course.