In recent times, the automotive industry has witnessed a rise in demand for SUVs and crossovers. These have eaten into the share of almost every car body type, hitting sedans the worst in the process. Buyers prefer SUVs and crossovers due to various factors like commanding view of the road, versatility, and big presence on highways. However, there are many cars keeping the sedan body style relevant even today. The Peugeot 508 is one such car. It rivals the likes of BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes C-Class, and its prices start from GBP 36,975 for the 508 First Edition model (Rs 33.88 lakh approx.).
|Specifications||2019 Peugeot 508 (Petrol)||2019 Peugeot 508 (Diesel)|
|Price||GBP 36,975 (approx. Rs 33.20 lakh at current exchange rate)||GBP 37,400 (approx. Rs 33.58 lakh at current exchange rate)|
|Engine||1.6-litre PureTech 225||Turbocharged 2.0-litre BlueHDi|
|Transmission||8-speed EAT8 automatic||8-speed EAT8 automatic|
|Front Suspension||McPherson struts||McPherson struts|
|Front Brake||330mm discs||330mm discs|
|Rear Brake||290mm discs||290mm discs|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||N/A||N/A|
What’s new about the Peugeot 508?
The Peugeot 508 sports an all-new design both inside and out. Beautiful is one word that can be used to describe this car’s design. The adoption of fastback design helps the car look and feel both sporty and elegant. Up front, the projector headlamps merge neatly into the grille, which has chrome inserts and Peugeot’s logo in the centre. The LED DRLs run from the side of the headlamps almost all the way down the height of the bumper. The bumper is designed to give the grille a floating effect. The creases on the hood help the front end look neat. The car gets blacked out B-pillar while the A and C-pillars are both finished in the same colour as the rest of the car.
A crease runs from behind the headlamps and stretches all the way to the rear of the car. An additional crease emerging from the rear doors to the taillights lend a flair of muscularity to the car’s side profile. The 19-inch 5 twin-spoke diamond cut wheels make the car look premium. On the rear, the car’s boot has an integrated spoiler and there is an LED lightbar with Peugeot logo in the centre. The rear bumper has dual-tone finish, and houses the number plate in the centre, which is flanked by one reflector and one exhaust pipe on each side (petrol only) or two exhaust pipes on left side (diesel only).
The interior of the car is beautiful too. It gets a part-Alcantara and part-Nappa Mistral leather upholstery with perforation on the leather-wrapped steering wheel (flattened from top and bottom). The interior is finished in black and there are carbon fibre inserts in dashboard and door panels. There is blue ambient lighting in the car. The satin chrome inserts on steering wheel, A/c vents, instrument cluster, and piano toggle keys for 10-inch touchscreen display make the interior feel premium. The highlight of the interior is the 12.3-inch configurable digital display (Peugeot i-Cockpit) for the driver, which is akin to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. The touchscreen infotainment system has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, and 3D navigation features. This is paired to a hi-fi FOCAL 515W speaker system.
The Peugeot 508 comes with two engines – a 1.6-litre PureTech 225 petrol engine, and a 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed EAT8 automatic gearbox. The petrol motor outputs 224HP power while the diesel makes 177HP power (torque figures are not available for either yet). The front end has 330mm discs while the rear makes do with 290mm discs for braking. The front end gets McPherson strut suspension while the rear gets a multi-link suspension setup. The car measures 4,750mm in length, 1,859mm in width, and 1,403mm in height with 2,793mm-long wheelbase. The petrol model of the Peugeot 508 can go from 0-100kmph in 7.3 seconds while the diesel one can do the same in 8.3 seconds. In petrol guise, the 508 can go 17.5km on a litre of fuel while in diesel guise, it can go 21.2km on a single litre.
Is the Peugeot 508 worth consideration?
The design of the Peugeot 508 makes it special. The technology inside the car makes it special. The fact that at a time when crossovers and SUVs are all the rage in the market, Peugeot bringing such a nice-looking, tech and feature-laden sedan to the market makes it special. The icing on the cake is the fact that it has been developed for both right-hand and left-hand drive markets. Considering that Peugeot will arrive in India by 2020 (as per multiple reports), the 508 will likely come to the country as well.
The car’s frameless window doors give it a dash of sportiness. A 360-degree colour camera system helps users drive and park this car better. Its boot space is rated at 487 litres, and with rear seats down, it expands to a massive 1,537 litres. The front seats have heating/cooling functions as well as massage, memory, electric lumbar adjustment features. The i-Cockpit digital display has display modes – Dials (to replicate analogue dials), Navigation (puts navigation at centre and speedo/tacho on sides in roller format), Driving (roller speedo/tacho with driving aids’ display), and Night Vision (roller speedo/tacho with feed from infrared front camera in the centre). A special mention goes to the infrared front camera to help drivers see in the dark.
In the end, the 508 is among the most promising cars that Peugeot has come out with. Bringing it to a new market like India will be a great decision, albeit one that is dependent on how the buyers receive the brand. However, the impact this car will have on future sedans will be huge. The 508 is worth your time and consideration simply because it makes sedans look and feel great. Today, when crossovers and SUVs are all the rage around the world, making sedans feel trendy is no small achievement and is praise-worthy.
Peugeot 508 – Synopsis
- Prices start from GBP 36,975 for 508 First Edition (Rs 33.88 lakh approx.)
- Features 12.3-inch configurable Peugeot i-Cockpit digital instrument cluster
- Powered by a 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine
- Petrol makes 224HP power while the diesel makes 177HP power
- Either engine gets an 8-speed EAT 8 automatic gearbox
- Petrol mileage – 17.5kmpl; diesel mileage – 21.2kmpl
- Full black interior with carbon inserts on dashboard and door panels
- 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display can be operated with piano toggle switches
- Measures 4,750mm x 1,859mm x 1,403mm (l x b x h) with 2,793mm wheelbase
- Front seats with heated/cooling, massage and electric adjustment functions
- Infrared camera up front to aid night-time driving
- 360-degree camera to aid parking and driving