New Peugeot 508 drivenNew executive car to take on the Ford Mondeo

21 January 2011

Peugeot 508 - 2

Premium cabin and efficient engines could tempt Mondeo man

The mainstream large saloon market is currently ruled by the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. Can Peugeot's new 508 compete? Which? was among the first to try it out.

Priced from £18,150, the 508 marks a new direction for Peugeot - it replaces both the dated 407 and the larger but unsuccessful 607. So does the 508 right the wrongs of those two cars?

On the whole, yes it does. The Peugeot 508 is comfortable, more attractive than the 407 and has a good range of engines including an impressively quiet 1.6-litre THP petrol and a powerful 2.2-litre diesel in the top-spec GT.

Driving the Peugeot 508

We were really surprised at just how quiet the petrol 508 was on our test drive. The combination of a smooth engine and plenty of 'targeted' sound insulation under the bonnet makes it incredibly hushed when on the move.

Yet the 508 isn't just a relaxed cruiser - it's good to drive, too. that's especially true in GT spec, which gets a more sporty front suspension set-up. We haven't yet tried the car on UK roads, but on our test route ride quality was excellent and the car felt very comfortable.

Improved interior

The interior is also a big step forward over the 407. Peugeot says it is putting a lot of effort into the quality of its cars in an effort to climb up the league table of our Which? Car Survey, and the 508 is certainly much better than previous models inside.

Seat comfort and space are very good and we liked the classy materials and solid feel of the main controls. That said, the navigation system could be simpler to use.

The car is also pretty well equipped for the money. However, at £28,750, the top-spec GT is treading on the toes of cars from 'premium' brands like Audi and BMW.

Take a look at our Peugeot 508 review to find out more.