Nowadays, the line between mainstream and premium cars is becoming thinner, and one of the models contributing to that feel is the new generation Peugeot 508. It really wants a piece of the Volkswagen Arteon, but wouldn’t say no to a direct fight with the Audi A5 Sportback, either.
Behind the very appealing exterior design lies a cockpit with a very upmarket feel that blends in sharp lines with interesting styling touches and materials. The front passenger compartment is very nicely put together, getting stuff such as the 10-inch infotainment system and customizable digital instrument cluster. Those sitting at the back won’t complain about the kneeroom, but they will struggle for head space if they’re tall. Also, both shoulder and headroom are a problem in the middle seat.
The wide-opening tailgate in the liftback body style is definitely a plus for those looking for that extra practicality. Also, at 487 liters (17.2 cu-ft), the boot capacity is bigger than τhe ones in the A5 Sportback and Mazda6, but smaller than the Volkswagen Arteon and Skoda Superb.
Peugeot’s engineers have tried to come up with a perfect balance between comfort and sporty driving, adjusting the chassis accordingly. Thus, the drive feels very relaxed in Comfort mode, but put it in Sport and everything will become livelier. Well, as much as lively can be in a front-wheel drive, mid-size car, powered, in this case, by a 130 hp 1.5-liter diesel, connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
This is the spec reviewed by CarsIreland recently, and while the second-gen 508 may already be one year old, it’s definitely worth taking another close look at it. Who knows, maybe the video will convince you to choose it over the German and Japanese competition.