The Peugeot 508 Is Good, But Is It Volkswagen Arteon Good?

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.

Also Watch: 2019 Peugeot 508 Has The ‘Wow’ Factor, But What About The Rest?

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.

 

  • alexxx

    That has to be one of the best interior regardless of any class…

  • Gregory Cassanova

    Since it went on sale in the UK I have ony seen two on the road, I do like it though

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Well Cassanova, (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist! ;)) I witnessed a load of them on Skye two weeks ago. Admittedly most/all were holiday hires.

      • Gregory Cassanova

        It makes me think actually about newish cars on the marekt (a few years old) that got good reviews and are pretty decent but you hardly see any. For instance the alfa romeo Guilia, Kia Stinger, Honda Civic type R (all of which I am lucky if I see one every 2 months and I drive a fair amount)

  • Aqua Boogie

    I bought all the cars she reviewed.

    • Jason Panamera

      Around 260, nice one.

  • Jason Panamera

    At first I didn’t like that much this front but seeing it in real life was like ,,wow” effect.

  • Bash

    I just saw a silver one 30min ago in the parking lot and I though those rear lights are kinda have Audi cool factor.

  • Marc

    Competition for a Skoda superb maybe but not an A5.

    • Civvics

      No way. The Skoda is low rent.

      • Marc

        Lol. Yeah sure.

  • Marc

    I live In France and I have to say even though it’s been out here longer than anywhere else, I have only seen one in the car park of the local supermarket.
    The problem is they are lease cars not a car for buying as the electrics will conk out just after the warranty expires, and the French buy cars.

  • Civvics

    A honestly good car being benchmarked against a cheat.

  • Vince

    Can’t understand the reviewer and others who criticise the i-cockpit layout. I’m average height and have no problem with steering position or seeing the instruments. After all, there’s ample adjustability in wheel and seats to able to accommodate most people. Seeing instruments directly in front is safer than looking down as with all other cars. Peugeot deserves praise for the idea.

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