Going back to the drawing board...
Peugeot really is on a roll – the new 508 is thoroughly un-boring to look at. It’s extremely handsome even in ‘don’t look at me’ blue with tasty rims and animated rear lights. You have to go GTLine or GT (like this one) to get those sabre-tooth DRLs.
Does it really move the needle?
Top-end GT’s only diesel is a 178bhp BlueHDi that feels pokey, particularly when riding the torque wave, but engine noise when accelerating is more intrusive than the VW’s. Unobtrusive EAT8 auto ’box is extremely smooth, with Sport mode jolting some life into it.
Can it go the extra mile?
Active suspension kills bodyroll in Sport but can get wallowy in Comfort. It’s a little louder at motorway speeds than the VW Group pair and the GT’s big wheels make some potholes a little spikey. Steering via teeny wheel is precise and progressive.
Lion’s share of the admiring glances go here, even in blue