In the European market, the traditional D-segment saloon has been stagnant for the last four years, after more than a decade of decline. Under pressure from a diverse range of customer preferences and designs, especially from the SUV market, the large saloon now only finds favour through offering wider variety and adopting a more pronounced identity, .
It was against this backdrop that the designers behind the new Peugeot 508 stated their clear aim: to move away from the conventional boot-lid, four-door shape and towards a five-door fastback coupe-saloon.
At first glance, the new 508 surprises onlookers with its energetic and expressive presence. The car’s height has been reduced – it now barely reaches 1.40 metres – and the aerodynamic lines of the vehicle are reminiscent of the coupe style. The sharp, robust exterior styling of the new 508 makes a strong impression. And whilst the new car has a lot to boast about in its exterior design, its interior is just as stunning.
Stepping into the new 508 is like entering another world, one focused on quality and originality. The eye is immediately drawn to a spectacular, resolutely premium instrument panel and the latest version of the exemplary Peugeot i-Cockpit. This new 508 is an invitation to high-end travel. The choice and quality of materials in the trim and upholstery, and the attention paid to the finish, envelop the passengers in a soft, modern, refined environment.
In terms of driving pleasure, the new 508 is faithful to its DNA. It benefits from technology and expertise developed within the PSA Group. The new 508 also offers a wide range of latest-generation driving aids that notably meet Euro NCAP criteria, which are ever more demanding.
Read our 2016 comparison of Peugeot 508 1.6, Ford Mondeo 1.5 and Opel Insignia 1.6.