New Peugeot 508 Is Stylish But Has Too Many Glaring Faults

In their chase after the booming SUV segments, Peugeot hasn’t forgotten the 508. The midsize family car is entirely new and it’s ready to bring the heat on its rivals.

Those include the likes of the Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb, Mazda6 and Ford Mondeo and each of them shines in different aspects, from the sexy looks of the Mazda6 to the impressive interior space of the Superb.

The Peugeot 508’s strong point is its design, as it’s easily one of the most attractive cars in the segment. And the good looks have been carried out in the cabin, which also impresses with its build quality.

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On the other hand, the 508 disappoints in other aspects, such as the slow-to-respond infotainment system, steering wheel positioning that blocks the instrument panel view, and thick A pillars and small rear window, which affect visibility.

Rear legroom is decent, but taller passengers will struggle for headroom, which simply isn’t enough due to the low-slung profile. Also, boot space cannot be compared to that of the Skoda Superb, nor the Mazda6’s, so it is found wanting in practicality, too.

Moreover, the suspension is on the firm side, so driving comfort isn’t up there with some of its rivals, and it lacks steering feel. As for the rest, you can watch What Car’s review right after the jump.


  • dufonrafal .

    I completely disagree with most of that:

    1- I really like the steering wheel position and have absolutely no issue with it.
    2- The suspension is far from firm, it’s actually a more comfortable than most car and all the other review agree with me
    3- The infotainment isn’t the best but it’s not that slow.
    4- The steering feel is good

    The other negatives are just normal trade off for a car like the 508. So it’s just how it is. Personally I just can’t fit in the rear the it’s not for me. But I’ve tried the “SW” and it’s a lot better.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Point 4, so not like the rest of the Peugeot range then?

      • dufonrafal .

        I have the chance to drive many cars (rental, family and friends, test drives…) and I like the steering feel on new Peugeot’s. Personal taste I guess.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Hey absolutely!
          However, I can say having driven most of their range (and they are not alone in this) you have little clue as to where the wheels are pointing. For me, it feels like a Mario Kart game. Feedback is non-existent.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    With respect to that view of the instruments; if you sit with the seat in its lowest position, you should drop the wheel to its lowest point and pull it towards you.
    It works for me and makes for a comfortable arm position.

  • Nick

    Wow this test is the complete opposite of all the other tests, and of what I’ve seen of the car too.
    You can adjust the seat and steering wheel to find a way to see the instrument panel, did he even try ?
    Uncomfortable ? What a joke French cars are always on the comfort side, and Peugeot adds good handling capabilities to that.
    Slow infotainment ? Really ? lol it’s probably not as good as a Tesla or a last generation Mercedes but for its class it’s to say the least in the average/upper average

  • Mr. EP9

    Sounds like no one liked the review.

  • mihsf

    The 508 being smaller than the Skoda Superb or the Mazda 6 it is not surprising boot space is smaller.

  • mihsf

    The 508 being smaller than the Skoda Superb or the Mazda 6 it is not surprising boot space is smaller. It is hardly a fault.

  • TheHake

    This proves again that the tiny in-your-lap steering wheel and high gauges are not for everyone. Yes there are people who can get comfy with it but there are loads of people who can just not get a good driving position. A normal setup just works better for the masses. It doesn’t help your solution only works for a part of your potential clientele.

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