What is it?
It's no exaggeration to say that every family-sized Peugeot of the past 20 years has been a failure in this country, mainly because, while the mostly-German opposition was growing in prestige and 'polish', the French (lulled into a false sense of security by a loyal home market) were giving us family saloons that were absolutely no better than they had to be. The 406 was honest but dowdy. The 407 was badly packaged and its styling exuded such naïve aggression no thinking man could imagine parking it on his driveway.
What’s it like?
The new 508 is all different. With its latest executive car – whose name-change to include the '5' from '5-series' is highly significant – Peugeot has left the old days behind at a stroke. The car's new look is convincingly svelte and modern, and while it's still not in the Mondeo class for rear space, it's as good as most in the sector and its boot is vast. Best of all, it now exudes what its predecessors never had: class. Which leaves one lingering question. We've already learned about its array of proven mechanicals and its comprehensive five-level model range (Access, SR, Active, Allure and GT). But how does it behave on British roads?