New Peugeot 508 heads upmarket

  •  New Peugeot 508 on sale this autumn
  •  More powerful, more efficient engines
  •  Styling tweaks to enhance quality

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This is the updated Peugeot 508, which will go on sale this autumn and which showcases several design and technology advances that will be rolled out across all future Peugeots in coming years.

Peugeot says the changes showcased on the 508 signify the start of its move upmarket, which it hopes will make its cars more appealing and eventually help it reduce the discounts it has to offer to drive sales.

The new 508 will make its debut at this year’s Moscow and Chengdu motor shows – highlighting Peugeot's sales focus in the Eastern European and Chinese markets – before being displayed at the Paris motor show in October.

It will still be available as a saloon, estate or in high-riding, rugged RXH estate specification.

What’s changed?

Peugeot has modified the 508's suspension to deliver 'an impressive combination of good ride comfort and road holding', in response to criticism of the 508's on-road behaviour.

However, interior quality has long been a strength, and the new 508 will capitalise on this by having new, higher-quality materials. It will also get a standard seven-inch touch-screen, while a head-up display that projects basic information onto the windscreen in front of the driver will also be available as an option.

Outside, there's a new front grille, which will gradually appear on all future Peugeots, plus LED headlights, daytime running lights, indicators and foglights.

The bonnet design is also flatter, while the rear bumper and lights have been modified.

What engines can I choose from?

Buyers will get a choice of a new petrol and two new diesel engines, both of which meet latest emissions regulations and deliver more performance with greater efficiency.

The 1.6-litre THP 165 Stop & Start petrol engine is linked to either a six-speed manual gearbox or new six-speed automatic gearbox. This engine produces 163bhp and emits 131g/km of CO2 when linked to the manual ’box in the saloon.

A 148bhp 2.0-litre BlueHDi 150 diesel is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox and emits 105g/km of CO2.

There's also a 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 EAT6 that's linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox and delivers 178bhp while emitting 111g/km of CO2.

The Hybrid4 diesel hybrid technology continues to be offered on the saloon and RXH. The 161bhp 2.0-litre HDi diesel engine is linked to a 36bhp electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It's claimed to emit just 85g/km of CO2 and do an average of 85.6mpg.

How much equipment does it come with?

New kit includes blind spot sensors and a colour reversing camera.

Other technology highlights include keyless entry and start, an electronic parking brake, automatic full beam and four-zone climate control.

The touch-screen also connects to Peugeot Connect Apps, which can display real-time information such as nearby parking spaces, fuel prices at filling stations and traffic and weather information.

What does it cost?

Prices for the Peugeot 508 will be revealed closer to its on-sale date in September. However, they are expected to remain close to current equivalents, meaning a starting list price for the saloon of around £19,500.

Target Price discounts have traditionally ranged from £1500 to £3000, with brokers offering cars at even greater savings. Despite Peugeot looking to curtail discounts, our advice is to negotiate hard for savings of 5-10% from the outset of 508 sales.

How good are its rivals?

The Peugeot 508 has traditionally faced an uphill fight against family and company car rivals such as the Skoda Octavia, Mazda 6, Ford Mondeo and VW Passat. Even with these upgrades, the 508 will be fighting to compete with such quality opposition.

Provided you shop carefully on engine and trim specification, the Skoda Octavia would currently be our pick of the bunch. However it is worth noting that both the Mondeo and Passat are due to be replaced later this year.

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