USED CAR ROAD TEST: PEU­GEOT 508

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - CLASSIFIED -

Peu­geot’s first gen­er­a­tion 508 was im­proved in this facelifted post-2014 era guise, but its es­sen­tial virtues re­mained much as be­fore, with com­fort, style and prac­ti­cal­ity all strong sell­ing points.

Does it stack up as a used buy? We tend to ex­pect some­thing spe­cial of Peu­geot in the styling de­part­ment, a dis­tin­guished el­e­gance that car­ries a bit of weight.

The orig­i­nal 508 cer­tainly had a very clean shape but it lacked that grav­i­tas that ought to dif­fer­en­ti­ate a Peu­geot from, say, a Ford or Vaux­hall.

To that end, this facelifted MK1 model got a smarter, more up­right front grille with a cen­tral lion mo­tif to pro­vide a bit more vis­ual clout, with chromed styling that was more as­sertive and added an­other 16mm of length to the front over­hang.

Lift the tail­gate on the SW es­tate model and a 512-litre lug­gage com­part­ment is re­vealed.

Take a seat be­hind the wheel and you’ll find that this im­proved model of­fers up a no­tice­able im­prove­ment in qual­ity, with softer trim fin­ishes and higher qual­ity cloths.

The big news with this re­vised 508 model was the ad­di­tion of the brand’s lat­est gen­er­a­tion 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel, of­fered with 150bhp in man­ual form or with 180bhp as a 6-speed au­to­matic.

In ei­ther case, there was enough per­for­mance to com­pen­sate for the fact that the re­vised MK1 508 line-up was a diesel-only range.

If you buy one, though, we have a feel­ing that’s not go­ing to mat­ter – 508 folk, it seems, are peo­ple who want style and com­fort but don’t want ei­ther of those things to com­pro­mise the own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence. Here’s a car that’ll suit them per­fectly.

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