The Peugeot 508 Saloon 1.6 THP automatic has an excellent engine-transmission combination. The Peugeot "Prince" engine, co-developed with BMW, has a very flat torque curve and almost no turbo lag, giving this car unexpectedly good throttle response. Although not as powerful as my old BMW 525i Touring, the Peugeot is 200 Kg lighter, and at 240 Nm of torque (250 Nm for the BMW), I would swear the Peugeot has better 0-60 MPH times. Steering is sharp, brakes are effective and ride quality with the optional 17-inch wheels is very good, although not as compliant as our old Peugeot 405. The vehicle interior is beautifully designed and well finished. The leather seats are extremely comfortable, as one would expect from Peugeot, and after eight months driving on terrible roads, there are no rattles or lose parts in the cabin. Now I must admit I miss my BMW's wonderful exhaust note, however, as well as its silky smooth in-line six. Although the Peugeot is not as refined as the BMW, its looks are smashing, interior room is much better, and running costs should be considerably lower. Overall, the Peugeot 508 offers good value and is great fun to drive, considering its relatively large size. I am giving it 5 stars, and would certainly recommend the Peugeot 508 to anyone looking for a good-looking and well equipped family saloon. One last word of advice: keep away from 18 or 19-inch wheels and low profile tyres, unless you have very smooth roads and prefer a firm ride.
Bernardo Pizarro, Lima, November 11th 2012