What’s the Peugeot 508 like inside?
Lush is the best description for the four-door coupe. Peugeot has concentrated on materials in the cabin and the resultant textures and look are first-rate, whether you’re considering it as a premium mainstream vehicle or an entry-level prestige car.
The quilted nappa leather upholstery covers brilliantly bolstered powered seats up front, both with heating and massage functions. The same look appears in the rear, though the pews down the back aren’t quite as supportive.
A sunroof is standard across all variants, as is dual-zone climate control, a 10-speaker sound system, digital radio, inbuilt satellite navigation, smartphone mirroring and a 10-inch infotainment display.
That display is the weakest link in the cockpit. It takes a while to react to inputs and simply can’t match the responsiveness of more modern vehicles.
On a positive note, the piano-key styled buttons below it allow easy access to commonly used functions.
The Peugeot also adopts the company’s “i-cockpit” driver’s display, with a configurable 12.3-inch panel sitting high up on the dash, necessitating the steering wheel be lowered to improve legibility. It is not a classic driving position, though you will adapt to it over the course of a week.
There are four USB ports (two in the front and rear) and storage space throughout the cabin is relatively good, though I’d appreciate bigger cupholders.
Boot space is 487 litres in the sedan or 530 litres in the wagon.
What’s under the Peugeot 508’s bonnet?
A 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine propels the GT versions of the sedan and wagon.
Outputs are a respectable 165kW and 300Nm, powering the front wheels via an eight=speed automatic transmission.
Peugeot claims a 0-100km/h time of 8.1 seconds for both the sedan and wagon, which feels about right. Mid-range responsiveness is good.
The PHEV sedan combines the same 1.6-litre engine (though would back to 133kW) with an 81kW/320Nm electric motor.
An 11.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives a claimed electric driving range of 55km. Given it costs around $17,000 more than its petrol counterpart, it would want to.
As the RACV has mentioned previously, PHEV’s are a smart solution for families who can utilise the electric-only range on their daily commute and then take advantage of the petrol engine on weekend trips to the holiday home or simply getting away.
In the case of the 508 PHEV, a holiday home is the best option: the battery will only recharge at a household power-point accommodating 3.7kW, so forget about using a public fast charger.
Is the Peugeot 508 efficient?
Peugeot quotes a claimed combined fuel use of 6.3 litres over 100km for both the sedan and wagon; rising to 8.3 litres/100km around town.
We achieved low nines in a 70:30 mix of urban and freeway driving.
The preferred fuel is 95 RON.