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French company's rival for the Ford Mondeo receives a host of cosmetic and technical changes, including more frugal engines

This is the new facelifted Peugeot 508 which goes on sale in September. The French Ford Mondeo rival has been given a shot in the arm with a host of cosmetic and technical changes.

The three bodystyles: saloon, estate, and high-riding RX, all receive new front and rear ends, including a distinctive grille treatment with the Lion badge centrally mounted for the first time. New head and tail lights are also now LEDs.

The bonnet has also been resculptured and there have been substantial changes to front and rear bumpers. Inside the 508 has taken cues from the recently launched Peugeot 308 hatch. So more functionality has been moved to the seven-inch touchscreen with the aim of reducing button count.

Dials and the instrument panel are also all-new and there’s now a standard colour head-up display. Blind spot mirror sensors and a reversing camera are now on the options list for the first time. Peugeot is also claiming a higher standard of fit and finish.

New engines also join the line-up. A Euro 6 compliant 1.6-litre turbo petrol with 165bhp, replacing the old 156bhp motor, promising better performance and reduced emissions. Peugeot’s Blue HDi 2.0-litre diesels are also available, one with 148bhp and 105 g/km of CO2, the other tuned for 178bhp and 111g/km.

The saloon and RXH are also still available with the diesel hybrid option, but changes mean that it now emits 85g/km, down from 107g/km, adding to its appeal for company car tax payers.

The new 508 will gets its first public outing in August simultaneously at the Moscow and Chengdu motor shows. 

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Soren Lorenson 23 June 2014


I like what Peugeot has done here. In the 80's and 90's the 405 and 406 estates were smart looking cars and were bought in the thousands by people that missed the Cortina Estate. (this is meant as a compliment as the Cortina Estate was a classless, useful car).

The 407 was a hideous thing that no-one could possibly love and I never saw many around. This the 508 is a return to form.

I'll never buy another Peugeot because I'm still unconvinced on quality. Once bitten....

jamesf1 19 June 2014

What a pity

that this segment of cars is such a depreciation nightmare. This is far more appealing to me as a family car than a mid size SUV,. or MPV. This sort of car only makes financial sense if its german and diesel. Which doesnt particularly appeal either.
Mini2 18 June 2014

Losing consistency?

Are Peugeot losing consistency in the front-end design of their vehicles? The 208, 2008, 308, 3008 etc all feature the Peugeot badge on the bonnet, rather than the grille. Why are Peugeot suddenly changing what became a lovely new visual identity with the SR-1 concept car? This is extremely Volvo-esque at the front, not necessarily because of that very upright grille, but due to the sharp, chunky edges. It certainly doesn't look as chiselled as the other models in the range.