Stylish new sa­loon takes on the VW Ar­teon

New sa­loon takes styling cues from Peu­geot’s SUV line-up and comes packed with safety kit On sale Septem­ber Price from £26,000 (est)

What Car? - - Contents - Dar­ren Moss Dar­ren.moss@hay­mar­ket.com

LAUNCH­ING A NEW sa­loon at a time when most fam­i­lies are choos­ing SUVS is, it must be said, a bold move. And yet, if the per­for­mance of the Ford Mon­deo and Volk­swa­gen Ar­teon in our road tests tells us any­thing, it’s that cars like these can still be a good choice for fam­i­lies – and that’s where Peu­geot is pitch­ing the new 508.

The 508 takes clear styling cues from Peu­geot’s revitalised SUV range, namely the 3008 and 5008 – the lat­ter of which is our Large SUV of the Year for 2018.

At the front, there are LED head­lights and day­time run­ning lights ei­ther side of the prom­i­nent grille, while the back has lights taken from last year’s In­stinct con­cept car.

Two 1.6-litre petrol and four diesel en­gines will be of­fered at launch, but it’s the mid-range 1.5-litre 130 diesel that is likely to ap­peal most to Bri­tish buy­ers.this unit can be had with a six-speed man­ual or an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

A plug-in hy­brid ver­sion is set to fol­low in au­tumn 2019. It will be a direct ri­val to Volk­swa­gen’s Pas­sat GTE.

In­side, ana­logue di­als are re­placed by a 12.3in dig­i­tal in­stru­ment panel, with a sep­a­rate 8.0in touch­screen given over to in­fo­tain­ment and navigation.

In terms of safety equip­ment, the 508 is of­fered with au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane-keep­ing as­sis­tance, driver at­ten­tion mon­i­tor, adap­tive cruise con­trol and blindspot de­tec­tion. Peu­geot has yet to re­veal how much of that will come as stan­dard, though. A new ‘night vi­sion’ mode uses an in­frared cam­era to de­tect po­ten­tial hazards at night.

Peu­geot won’t re­veal prices un­til closer to the 508’s UK launch, but we’d ex­pect a small rise on the £25,340 start­ing price of today’s car. If that price in­creases to £26,000, the 508 will be com­pet­ing against high-end ver­sions of the Mon­deo but still ap­pear a bar­gain next to the Ar­teon.

A plug-in hy­brid 508 will go on sale in au­tumn 2019

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