Pumped, primed and ready to go

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

WHEN this Peu­geot ar­rives in show­rooms in May it will have the low­est run­ning costs in the large 4x4 es­tate car sec­tor for busi­ness driv­ers.

The 508 RXH is a pumped up ver­sion of the “or­di­nary” 508, pow­ered by a com­bi­na­tion of diesel and elec­tric power. Be­cause it is a hy­brid diesel it is ex­cused the UK’S three per cent diesel tax sur­charge, re­duc­ing the ben­e­fit in kind tax to 10pc and qual­i­fy­ing for a full write-down al­lowance on com­pany books in year one.

Cost­ing about £30,000, it records 68 miles a gal­lon on the of­fi­cial com­bined fuel test cy­cle av­er­age, and is rated at 107g/km of CO2, bring­ing the low­est an­nual road tax pay­ment.

The 2-litre diesel en­gine drives the front wheels and the elec­tric mo­tor drives the rear wheels when trac­tion is needed. It has what Peu­geot calls “all route” styling, with raised sus­pen­sion, pro­tected front and rear over­hangs plus sill mould­ings.

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