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With the revolutionary zeal historically associated with the French, Peugeot has transformed its staid 508 four-door executive saloon into a low-slung and neatly designed five-door coupé.
Peugeot calls it a fastback, the very term evoking associations with the dashing Jaguar E-Type and Ford Mustang, and it exchanges middle management for bang-on-trend, Volkswagen Arteon-style modernity.
For those looking for something a little different in the executive class, the 508 offers some neat styling touches, including frameless windows and front daytime running lights that drip down vertically into the front spoiler. At the back, the spoiler and bumper wrap stylishly around the horizontal rear light clusters.
There’s plenty of cutting-edge tech and dynamic flair to back up the exterior overhaul, too. A long time ago, if you wanted a family car that handled well, you went straight to Peugeot, even if that reputation had faded somewhat in later years. More recently, though, the 3008 and 5008 SUVs have started to win back some praise, and Peugeot hopes the 508 will continue that winning streak.
However, to tempt buyers away from the opposition in this highly competitive class, it’ll need to be more than just a pretty face. Read on over the next few pages to find out how it fares.
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