What alternatives should I consider to a used Peugeot 508 saloon?
This is where the case for the 508 falls flat. It might be cheaper than its rivals to buy, but for a little more money you can get yourself into some much more talented rivals.
The biggest of these is the Ford Mondeo, both in terms of how much of a rival it is and its sheer size. The boot is massive and so, too, is the amount of space for rear passengers. It’s one of many reasons taxi firms love Modeos. The 2.0-litre diesel is refined, punchy and efficient. And you will have thousands to choose from at any one time, so finding a good example is easy.
The Volkswagen Passat is the refined choice for those who can’t quite get into a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 but want something with a bit more class than a Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia. There is an excellent range of petrol and diesel engines, plus it is brilliant on a long motorway cruise.
The Skoda Octavia has space in spades. Its hatchback boot can fit anything you want into it (short of a blue whale) and it uses many of the same engines as a Passat; that means there’s an Octavia to suit all budgets and driving styles. It may not be all that stylish inside, but it is well made and well equipped.