Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • 508 technically a five-seater
  • Only space for four realistically
  • Hatchback body more practical than before

Passenger space in the 508 is limited when compared with its rivals – cars like the VW Arteon and Kia Stinger offer quite a bit more room for passengers, especially in the rear – but four average-sized adults shouldn’t struggle too much.

A pair of adults will easily fit up front thanks to plenty of adjustment in the seats, but there’s no escaping the 508’s low roofline, slim windows and encompassing dash – it doesn’t feel as big inside as its rivals.

It’s a similar story in the back. There’s enough space for two adults as long as there isn’t anyone too tall in the front taking up kneeroom, but the sloping roofline impacts on headroom for those over 6ft tall, especially if the sunroof is fitted. Higher-spec models and their dark rooflining and tinted windows can add to the dark feeling inside, too.

There’s also not a lot of foot room beneath the front seats, but it’s far from being uncomfortable, and the seats themselves are very comfortable indeed, even in the back. 

Will it fit in my garage?

The 508 has shrunk compared with its predecessor – it’s shorter and lower, however it is wider. That means it’s also noticeably smaller than its rivals, which is beneficial when it comes to driving and manoeuvring in town. Parking sensors and the option of all-round camera aid with visibility – one of the 508’s biggest issues.

Look out the rear of the car and the view out of the small rear window is largely blocked by the rear headrests, while tinted glass and large pillars also limit the view out. The small mirrors don’t help a great deal, either, but automated parking is available as a cost option.

Up front things are much easier when it comes to visibility, and the small steering wheel helps the 508 feel more agile around town.

Will my luggage fit in it?

Peugeot 508 Fastback luggage area

Despite the compact dimensions, the 508 is more practical than before thanks to a hatchback tailgate replacing the saloon body style, with top models coming with an electric bootlid to aid access.

Space available with the seats up weighs in at 487 litres, which trails most of its rivals – especially the VW Arteon. Fold the rear seats down and a total of 1,537 litres of space is available.

Those considering the plug-in hybrid model will be pleased to know that boot space remains the same, due to the battery being installed under the rear seats. It's worth noting you will have to compromise by losing the spare wheel that usually lives beneath the boot floor, as it now houses some of the electrical hardware and leaves room for a tyre repair kit only.

Peugeot 508 Fastback safety

  • Plenty of safety equipment as standard
  • Advanced driver assistance tech also available
  • Should prove a safe family car

Peugeot has laid it on thick with safety kit with the 508 Fastback, as reflected in its five-star Euro NCAP crash-test assessment.

WATCH: Peugeot 508 Fastback Euro NCAP crash test

All 508s come with six airbags as standard, a driver attention alert system, autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and three Isofix child seat mounting points. There’s also a distance alert system and active lane-keeping system on all models.

More driver assistance kit is available as you move up the range or from the options list, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, active blindspot detection, automatic high-beam for the lights (bright LEDs on some models), night vision, and lane positioning assistance.

Cruise control system - Peuegot 508 (2020)

Those opting for the plug-in hybrid model will find a forward-facing blue LED light housed in the rear-view mirror. This activates when the vehicle drives in electric mode and serves as a visual warning for pedestrians ahead of the vehicle – how effective this is, we’re yet to discover, as we suspect those who haven’t spotted the vehicle in the first place won’t spot the light at the same time. There is still a sound generator that works at low speeds to alert nearby pedestrians.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Peugeot 508 Fastback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
Active optional equipment
None available

Allure equipment

Allure standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
Allure optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
First Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
GT optional equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

GT Line equipment

GT Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
GT Line optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Peugeot 508 Fastback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 71%
Safety Assist: 79%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.