What's the used Peugeot 508 saloon like?
Twenty years ago, Peugeot had a strong lead in the saloon class with the 406. It drove well, looked good and had some of the best diesel engines available.
As time moved on and premium executive cars became more affordable, big saloon cars started to go out of fashion. While this is bad for new car sales, the Peugeot 508 as a used purchase can be a more appealing option.
The driving experience is markedly better than its predecessor, the 407, but it needs to be because the market has moved on considerably. It isn’t as aloof as the Volkswagen Passat, but it can’t match the Ford Mondeo or BMW 3 Series for involvement. What’s more, the 508 tends to shudder over small surface imperfections and is quite firm around town, while its rivals can soak up all but the worst imperfections.
Space inside is mostly plentiful for four adults, although rear leg room is merely average for the class. The boot is a good size but, unlike the Mondeo and Skoda Octavia, there isn’t a hatchback option, so it isn’t as easy to access the load area. The dashboard design is a bit unimaginative, but it is logically laid out and made from materials that are easily a match for its mainstream rivals, trailing only the Passat for overall quality.
Fuel economy is a point, though, with figures meeting or exceeding rivals. This also helps to reduce its road tax costs. All of this is good news if you are watching the pennies.
Read on for the full used review of the Peugeot 508.