Used Peugeot 508 Review
- Rewarding to drive
- Efficient diesel engines
- Refined ride
- Small boot for the class
- Controls are tricky
- No petrol engines
Stylish, comfortable saloon
The Peugeot 508 is the French manufacturer’s latest offering in the saloon car market. Whilst the previous 507 received widespread criticism, the 508, along with the majority of the new Peugeot range, is much improved. Introduced in 2011, the 508 is a stylish, spacious saloon that is comfortable, refined, and features a high class interior. The saloon market is one that is highly competitive, with the Volkswagen Passat and the Ford Mondeo offering viable alternatives, but the 508 really is a solid package well worth consideration.
Up there with the best in terms of quality, though controls are fiddly
Whilst old Peugeot’s were renowned for their cheap plastics and undesirable designs, the latest Peugeot’s are actually pretty impressive. No more so than in the 508, which now is a genuine competitor to the much respected Volkswagen Passat.
The dashboard of the 508 really is a well-constructed, well-designed affair. The quality on show across the dashboard is more than a match for the Ford Mondeo, and much more impressive than the Vauxhall Insignia. Soft-touch materials are used throughout, and controls are well-damped, though the layout is a little awkward. It takes a little while to get used to where all the switches are, as they’re not quite where you’d expect them to be.
Storage space in the 508 is pretty disappointing when you compare it with its closest rivals. With just 473 litres of boot capacity, it falls some way short of the Ford Mondeo (540 litres), the Vauxhall Insignia (530 litres), and way behind the VW Passat (585 litres). There’s still enough room for a fair few suitcases, and the boot lip is small for added ease, but the 508 is not as practical as its competitors.
Equipment levels in the 508 are generous, even on the most basic models. The entry-level Active trim comes with cruise control, sat-nav, alloy wheels, air-con, electric windows, and daytime running lights. That’s pretty impressive for a basic model, and unless you want half-leather seats or bigger alloy wheels, it’s really not worth going for anything more expensive.
The inside of the 508 is a bit of a mixed bag. No doubt the quality of the cabin is up there with the best, but controls are tricky to get used to, and it has one of the smallest boots in its class. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of kit as standard, which makes the 508 good value for money.
On The Road
Responsive, refined drive
One area in which the 508 stands out, is in its driving experience. It’s one of the best saloon cars to drive that is currently on the market. It’s not quite as sporty as a Mondeo, but it does provide enough focus to make it fun country roads. Steering is sharp and responsive, and there’s plenty of grip through the corners as well. The suspension stops body roll as well, so it really does drive well.
Suspension and Chassis
Comfort levels in the 508 are also pretty notable. The chassis and suspension iron out loose road surfaces and potholes with ease. Get it on the motorway and it’s even more impressive. The car has been designed to reduce drag, so there’s very little road and wind noise that seeps through into the cabin, no matter what speed you’re cruising at. The 508 really is a great motorway cruiser, and is ideal for regular long-distance drivers.
Gearbox options in the 508 come in two guises, with one significantly more impressive than the other. The standard throughout the range is a 6-speed manual box, that performs well in town, on country roads, and on the motorway. The six-speed automated manual alternative however is widely reviewed as being poor, as it struggles to keep up with driver demands. It’s definitely worth looking for a car equipped with a manual box.
No petrol, only diesel, or diesel-hybrid
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your 508, you’ve got two options- diesel, or diesel-hybrid. Some buyers may be disappointed with the lack of petrol engines on offer, but diesel power definitely compliments saloon cars better.
If it’s power that you want from your 508, you’ll be disappointed to learn that there’s no real performance-driven engine in the 508 range. The most powerful engine available is the diesel-powered 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT, which produces 180bhp, and boasts a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds. It’s hardly awe-inspiring on paper, but it feels more than quick enough on the road.
Eco-friendly buyers should be generally pleased with the engines on offer in the 508. The most obvious choice to go for is the diesel-hybrid 2.0 litre BlueHDi Hybrid4, which produces 95g/km of CO2, but it’s also the most expensive. Sensible buyers will go for the diesel-powered 1.6 BlueHDi 120 engine, which still only produces 99g/km of CO2, and is significantly cheaper. With an identical fuel consumption figure of 70.6mpg, money-savers and eco-friendly buyers should look out for this model.
There is a good range of efficient, green engines on offer in the 508. There’s no real powerhouse, but throughout the range there’s enough grunt to cope with day-to-day needs. The efficient BlueHDi diesel engines are great for money-savers as well.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good standard equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the 508 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 90% in adult safety, 87% in child safety, and 97% in safety assist, the 508 really is a safe car. It’s also safer than its closest rivals, easily beating the Ford Mondeo, the VW Passat, and the Skoda Superb. There’s also good safety kit as standard. You’re going to get six airbags, and Peugeot’s excellent SOS system, that automatically contacts emergency services in the event of an accident.
Value for money
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Peugeot 508 offers buyers superb value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking fuel efficiency is impressively high throughout the range. CO2 emissions are pleasingly low as well, which makes for either free, or low-cost car tax. For company car buyers this is going to be especially attractive, though private buyers can save a bundle as well.
Insurance costs in the 508 are roughly what you’d expect from a saloon car. They’re pretty similar to that which you’d find in competitors, so you won’t be paying any more than you should be. The cheapest model in the range is the 1.6 e-HDi Allure, which is in group 19, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping 2.0 BlueHDi Hybrid4 Allure, which is in group 36.
Depreciation is a large factor with the 508, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
Peugeot have finally made a family saloon car that stands up to the class-leaders. The 508 is now a genuine contender to the Ford Mondeo and the VW Passat. It features a high-class interior, some efficient engines, and an impeccable safety record. It can’t match its rivals for boot space, but all in all it’s a great package.
Buying a used Peugeot 508 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Peugeot 508 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used 508. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Peugeot 508 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.
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