4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Stylish Fastback looks great and drives well

Peugeot 508 Fastback (18 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £28,175 - £40,910
Lease from new From £355 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,175 - £33,080
Used monthly cost From £304 per month
Fuel Economy 36.3 - 235.4 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £480
Insurance group 21 - 34 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Sleek and stylish body
  • Futuristic, high-quality interior
  • Wide choice of engines
  • Enjoyable to drive

CONS

  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • Headroom tight in the rear
  • Interior won’t suit all drivers
  • Not as refined as rivals

Peugeot 508 Fastback rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the Peugeot 508 any good?

Having lived with one for almost a year, we found that the Peugeot 508 GT is a fast, good-looking and good-to-drive family car that is well worth recommending. This is great news that flies in the face of the slow decline in popularity of the large family hatchback and saloon cars. Yes, there's no doubt the 508 Fastback is a  pleasingly refreshing addition to showrooms.

It certainly looks the part. The doors are frameless just like a coupe, which immediately gains it some cool points, and contributes to its smart appearance. Around the back, it’s a simple design with Peugeot’s latest ‘claw-effect’ rear lights sitting in a black bar that runs the width of the car.

Traditionally a competitor to the likes of the soon-to-be deleted Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, Peugeot is chasing far loftier competition with the 508. It sees the Volkswagen ArteonBMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback as key rivals. It's ambitious, but thanks to its sleek coupe-like fastback bodystyle with a high-end interior it's certainly very tempting.

Read the Peugeot 508 verdict

What's it like inside?

You can't accuse the 508 of being conservative inside, like many of its rivals. In a similar way to the 3008 and 5008 SUVs, there’s been a strong focus on designing a modern interior that wouldn’t look out of place in more expensive cars.

Peugeot’s i-Cockpit set-up with tiny steering wheel and high-set digital dials are found up front, but the 508 comes with a stepped dashboard and a large touchscreen nabbed from the DS7 Crossback SUV, while a high centre console surrounds the driver. It’s not one for those who could feel claustrophobic.

Plush materials are all present and correct, although the UK-spec cars will do without the rather lovely wood trim found on top of the range cars. Instead, plenty of carbon-effect plastic and piano black trim will be found in abundance.

Peugeot promises greater practicality than the old car with a larger 487-litre boot (up from 473 litres) accessed via a hatchback tailgate rather than a saloon bootlid. This trails its rivals, though; the Vauxhall Insignia offers 490, the Mondeo 541, and the Volkswagen Arteon 563 litres of room.

Read more on the Peugeot 508 interior

What's it like to drive?

With a wide range of punchy engines available and an impressive chassis, the 508 is an enjoyable car to drive. Lower spec models come with 18-inch wheels and conventional springs and dampers from the old car. However, adaptive suspension is widely available and standard on all petrol models.

Body control is excellent on the standard set-up, and despite the firmer ride, the 508 remains comfortable enough at motorway speeds. The large wheels do transmit a fair amount of road noise into the cabin, but despite frameless side windows, wind noise only makes an occasional presence. Throw in well-isolated engine noise, and you have a largely refined car.

The combination of small steering wheel and slightly light feel to the steering means the 508 feels nimble to manoeuvre. Overall, it's relaxing to drive and feels rather different to its German rivals, and that will resonate with some customers. Despite that, it stays flat in corners, holding its line well thanks to plenty of grip.

Read more on how the Peugeot 508 drives

What models and trims are available?

Since the 2022 model year update, the 508 comes in three trim levels – Active Premium, Allure Premium and GT.  Whichever version you choose, it's an inherently safe car, scoring a full five-star rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018.

Peugeot offers a selection of PureTech and BlueHDi diesel engines in the 508, ranging from 130hp to 225hp, with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions available on most engines – automatic transmissions are more widely available than manuals.

A plug-in hybrid was added to the range in 2020, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an 11.8kWh battery. This combined a total power output of 225hp with low CO2 emissions of 31-40g/km and a claimed 166.2-235.4mpg. This can also drive under electric power at speeds of up to 84mph.

What else should I know?

Big French cars have earned a reputation for poor resale values as demand for older examples falls away. But so far, the 508 Fastback is bucking the trend and turning things around, with much stronger residual values than the model it replaced.

Reliability is also promising, as reflected by Peugeot's strong position in the most recent UK JD Power Vehicle Satisfaction Survey. The French firm came top with the lowest numbers of problems reported by their owners.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Peugeot 508 Fastback including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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