Peugeot 508 review
Subtle styling updates and more efficient engines give Peugeot's big saloon added appeal.
Dave Humphreys
Dave Humphreys

Published on September 21, 2014

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Peugeot's large saloon, the 508, is soon to come in for some tougher competition in the shape of the all-new Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, but the French manufacturer is stealing a march on its rivals by launching a subtle array of updates to both the outside and interior - as well as under the bonnet.

In the metal 3/5

At first glance the outward appearance of Peugeot's flagship saloon hasn't changed a great deal, with most of the updated features specifically being centred at the front of the car. A more horizontal bonnet intersects with a new grille design, which in addition to being more upright also features the Peugeot name bar along its top - in keeping with the rest of the newer models to the range. Peugeot claims that this was done in order to give the 508 a more upmarket feel, and to a degree, it does, although to really complete the look the optional full LED headlight units that featured on our test car are required. All 508s do, however, get LED daytime running lights as standard. The rear-end was never one of the 508's best angles in my opinion, but a new back bumper, as well as opalescent light units that feature Peugeot's latest three-claw light signature, does improve things and gives it a more structured appearance.

On the inside, designers have given the dashboard and centre console a refresh that includes a new seven-inch colour touchscreen as standard on all trim levels integrated into the centre console between the air vents. Unlike the 308, the rest of the centre console isn't quite as minimalist in its appearance; nonetheless, everything works well from an ergonomic perspective whilst the chrome-rimmed tachometer and speedometer are clear and easy to read at a glance.

Driving it 4/5

The big news when it comes to driving the new 508 is the updated range of engines that now offer better performance and lower emissions. Most popular of these within the Irish market is likely to be the 150hp 2.0-litre BlueHDi engine, which, in manual guise, emits just 109g/km of CO2 - a marked improvement on the old engine. The 370Nm of torque also helps to add to overall performance; however, engine noise in the cabin is still higher than in some of its rivals, especially when driven a bit faster.

Aside from a touch too much tyre noise on rougher surfaces the 508 does ride well and in a time when more manufacturers try to instil a 'dynamic' feeling by simply making the suspension firmer, the 508's suppleness over a variety of tarmac is welcome. The manual gearbox works well and although it might not be the most refined in the world it is far from the worst. The steering is reasonably well weighted as well. One point that is worth noting was the level of reflection in the windscreen from the dashboard - in particular the optional head-up display unit - and also on the rear screen, both of which were emphasised that bit more by the bright sunshine in our test locations.

What you get for your money 4/5

As with the smaller 308, Peugeot has put together a pretty strong offering when it comes to specifications on the 508. The Access trim, which starts the 508 range off at €26,750, features Bluetooth with audio streaming, DAB radio, air conditioning, hill assist, electric door mirrors and LED daytime running lights, as well as a full-size spare wheel and puncture detection all as standard equipment.

Move up one level and Peugeot will also include satellite navigation, automatic wipers and headlights, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric seat adjustment and a leather multi-function steering wheel.

The third trim level, Allure, adds a full leather interior, keyless entry and ignition, electronic parking brake, heated front seats, reversing camera and parking sensors, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels.

Worth Noting

Should you want to go all-out on a high-spec 508, Peugeot also offers a GT model through special order. This takes the Allure trim level and adds Peugeot's blind spot alerts system, full LED headlights and fog lights and also features unique 'GT' badging on the front grille.


Peugeot's new 508 at first glance might not appear to have changed all that much, but with even a small amount of time behind the wheel there is no doubting that it has upped its game. For those looking for generous specifications the 508 will have some strong appeal and that is now backed up by an improved engine line-up.


Tech Specs

Model testedPeugeot 508 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Allure
Engine2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Transmissionfront-wheel drive, six-speed manual
Body stylefour-door saloon
RivalsCitroen C5, Toyota Avensis, Volkswagen Passat
CO2 emissions109g/km (Band A3, €190 per annum)
Combined economy68.9mpg (4.1 litres/100km)
Top speed210km/h
0-100km/h8.9 seconds
Power147hp at 4,000rpm
Torque370Nm at 2,000rpm