When the covers came off in Geneva in 2018, it was clear Peugeot was on to something. That something was an idea to lure people away from SUVs and back into traditional family hatchbacks with the 508. But there is nothing traditional about the way this car looks. Its headlights are shaped like fangs, the grille has a chrome chequered effect and it offers frameless doors and windows like you would get on a sporty coupe.
The fast-tailed hatchback isn’t trying to look German. Its dashboard design is far more interesting than most alternatives in the class and all models come with 2 large infotainment screens that make the cabin look bang on-trend.
508 Fastback: While the stylish 5-door coupe body looks great, the back seats are noticeably more cramped than in alternatives such as the Skoda Superb. Again, get a Superb or the estate version of this car if a big boot matters to you, but the 508’s large hatchback door makes loading bulky items relatively easy, even if you do have to lift them over a slight boot lip. You also have to consider the car’s sloped roofline if your backseat drivers are over the 5ft 5 mark.
508 Estate: Prices start at just over £25,000 for the Fastback version; while there's a £1,600 premium for the SW estate. The estate is less compromised in the interior department and has the credentials to make it a true alternative to the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer and Ford Mondeo Estate, while being stylish enough to pull drivers away from premium estate rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring, Mercedes C Class Estate and Audi A4 Avant.
If you’re looking for something stylish to complete the school run while feeling like a treat on a weekend road trip too, the Peugeot 508 has that fun-to-drive thing down, while managing to smooth out bumps effectively too. Overall, it's an accomplished car that deserves to be on your shortlist.
“Peugeot 508 doesn’t compromise on design. Packed with advanced technological innovations, an outstanding driving experience is guaranteed.”