Everything that’s true about the 508’s exterior being more mature, sophisticated and of a superior appearance to its predecessor is also true of the cabin. Peugeot has created a well-finished paragon of pleasing design and decent perceived build for the 508.
Ergonomically, the cabin is generally sound. There is a new and much easier-to-fathom stereo controller, while heating/ventilation controls are straightforward and the dials and supplementary gauges are well finished and clear. You could search long and hard to find the car’s ESP switch and parking sensor deactivation button; they’re hidden away inside a cubby to the right of the steering column, because Peugeot expects owners to need only very occasional use of them.
It’s a spacious environment, too. Rear seat passengers get ample leg and headroom, while seat-up boot volume is 550 litres – plenty for the class. The rear seats can be folded – cleverly from the boot edge via a one-touch lever – to create a 1598-litre volume with a two-metre length. Similarly, it’s ample within the class; you’ll need the wagon variants of a Ford Mondeo or Skoda Superb to match it.
Uncomfortably for Peugeot, there’s only person who might feel short-changed – and it’s the one who sits behind the steering wheel.
For every one of our testers who liked the 508’s relatively high-set driving position, there were two others who bemoaned the fact that the seat couldn’t be set as low as in a Vauxhall Insignia or Volkswagen Passat. The steering wheel can’t be extended far enough, either, making for a long-armed, bent-legged driving position that, while never truly uncomfortable, left some of us forever searching for a truly relaxing seating set-up.
On the equipment front, there are four core trims for the saloon and SW models - Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. The entry-level models get 17in alloys, tinted rear windows, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and electric folding and heating door mirrors on the outside as standard, while inside there is manually adjustable front seats, rear parking sensors, electric windows, dual-zone climate control and Peugeot's 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with sat nav, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and DAB radio.
Upgrade to Allure and you'll find electrically adjustable heated front seats, leather upholstery, front parking sensors, reversing camera, 18in alloy wheels, blind spot assistance, and keyless entry and go adorning your 508, while going up to GT Line adds adaptive LED headlights and a half leather upholstery.