USED CAR ROAD TEST: PEUGEOT 508
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.