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Peugeot's 508 can give Passat and Mondeo a run for their money

CarsBy Robbie Farrell
The Peugeot 508 is a dark horse in the family-saloon market
The Peugeot 508 is a dark horse in the family-saloon market

Peugeot 508 2.0 HDi Allure

When it comes to family saloons, buyers don’t look much further than Volkswagen’s Passat and Ford’s Mondeo.

These two have been fighting it out for the top spot for the last few years and we have written in depth before about how, with both unveiling new models, it is the biggest bout of 2015.

But there’s another dark horse that is sometimes overlooked, and we feel it can certainly give the top two a run for their money. Step forward the Peugeot 508. 

The 508 may not have the overall space of the Mondeo or the stunning good looks and handling of the Passat — but it does have a lot of other benefits.

Updated for 2015, the 508 might just be the best-kept secret in the family-saloon market. 

What the 508 does have over its rivals it that it now comes with a five-year extended warranty, and can be yours for as little as €270 per month with Peugeot Passport PCP finance (terms and conditions apply).

Like most mid-life makeovers in cars, the changes to the exterior are subtle, yet they certainly enhance the look and keep it fresh.

The most noticeable changes to the 508 are at the front end, where it is treated to the company’s new trademark grille and LED daytime running lights and indicators. 

At the rear, the designers have added a new bumper, which has been constructed to enhance its protective function. And with the addition of the company’s signature red, three-claw rear lights, the 508 now has a much more aggressive look.

On the inside, the 508 is a very comfortable place to be. I drove it up to Belfast and back, and it was a joy to drive. The centre console has been given a mini-makeover and is, like its 308 sibling, much less cluttered. 

Standard equipment on the entry-level Access model includes: Bluetooth with audio streaming, alarm, deadlocks, air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, six airbags, electric door mirrors, hill assist, full-size spare wheel and ESP. 

Move up to the mid-range Active model and you get additional sat nav, rear parking aid, auto wipers, cruise control, speed limiter, climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, USB connectivity, multi-function leather steering wheel, electro-chrome rear view mirror, LED fog lamps and folding electric mirrors. 

With the range-topping Allure model (there is also a special-order GT model available), which was our test-drive for the week, you get the additional blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, full leather upholstery, electric parking brake, heated electric front seats, front parking aid,18-inch alloy wheels and rear parking camera.

On the road, the 508 was a pleasure to drive. My test car was the 2.0-litre HDi 140bhp diesel engine and it was smooth and powerful. 

I did notice on my trip that by obeying normal motorway speeds I actually increased my range from around 950km on a full tank to more than 1,000km.

We are big fans of the Peugeot engine range here in Motormouth towers and the company has even broken new records for long-distance driving.

Earlier this week, the company’s standard 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100bhp, which was fitted to a 208, covered an impressive 2,152km on just 43 litres of diesel, giving an average fuel consumption of 2.0l/100km. 

Overall, the updated 508 is an affordable family saloon packed with quality materials and equipment.

It is well worth a test drive if you are in the market for a family saloon. We certainly wouldn’t rule it out against the other two market leaders.

Tech Spec:

Model: Peugeot 508 2.0 HDi Allure.
price: From €26,750 (test model €33,235).
Road Tax: €270.
0-100kph: 10.8 seconds.
Fuel Economy: 4.6l/100km (claimed).
Boot Space: 473 litres.