Peugeot 508 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Available fuel types:diesel, hybrid, petrol
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Peugeot 508 Hatchback Hybrid 2020 rear seats LHD
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Despite the 508's sleek, coupé-like roofline, there’s decent space for a tall driver and front passenger. However, the news isn't quite as good for those in the rear.

There’s just enough space for a six-footer to fold their legs in behind an average-height driver, but head room is so limited that it's really best thought of as a child and short adult-only zone, unless passengers are prepared to travel with their heads cocked to one side. Head room is even more restricted with the optional panoramic sunroof.

Similarly, the boot is on the small side by the standards of the executive car class. There's room for just seven carry-on cases, compared with the eight that you'll get in a Volkswagen Arteon and the 10 that a Skoda Superb can swallow.

However, the 508 wins a few practicality points back with its hatchback, rather than saloon-style, body. Its tailgate opens wide and makes it comparatively easy to load bulky items, and you can fold the 60/40 split rear seats down by pulling the toggles that are positioned just behind the headrests. It's a shame, though, that the folded seats don’t lie completely flat. The ski hatch is very handy; not only does it allow, um, skis, to slide through, but it also allows easy access from the rear seats into the boot itself. You’ll need at least Allure trim to get that, however.

And if you’re wondering whether there’s any practical compromise going from a non-hybrid 508 to a hybrid one – there isn’t. The only change is the fact you can’t have a spare wheel. That’s a shame, but partly offset by the fact that you get a handy underfloor storage for the charging cables in exchange.

Peugeot 508 Hatchback Hybrid 2020 rear seats LHD

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