2015 Peugeot 508 | new car review
Nice interior and spacious. Good features
Exterior looks and price compared to rivals. Lack of engine options.
The 2015 Peugeot 508 is a peculiar looking car. For creativity you only need to look at the front, where a lot of effort has gone into making the car stand out from its rivals. It almost looks as if it has been designed upside down, with the customary high-placed Peugeot badge sitting forlornly in its own crevice. The rest of the car is unremarkable, with a slate-flat rear and featureless sides.
It would seem that Peugeot has spent more time working on the interior of the 508 than anything else. And we are pleased to report that they haven’t done a bad job. The controls feel far sturdier than in other models, and the architecture works quite well. Space isn’t bad either, and passengers will enjoy the comfortable seats.
The 508 comes with plenty of features, including fancy tricks such as a Head-Up Display, electric sunroof, speed-sensitive steering wheel, and four-zone air-conditioning. Peugeot expect this car to be more appealing to the family-man as opposed to the executive, and as such it comes with six air-bags and reinforced side protection.
What’s on offer?
The 508 only comes in one model in the UAE. Under the bonnet you will find a 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine capable of emitting 163hp and 240Nm of torque. Peugeot offer 5 years unlimited extended mileage warranty and 20,000km of free servicing. All this costs only AED 109,000.
Japanese saloons have a strangle-hold on the market in the UAE, and the fact that the 508 only comes with a 1.6 litre engine means that it will face tough opposition. You certainly do get a lot of features, and the space in the back is better than most. But that odd-looking front end is going to put it at a disadvantage. Keep an eye on it, but don’t rush out to buy one until you have seen the alternatives.
|Specifications||2015 Peugeot 508|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.6 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|163 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|240 Nm @ 1,400 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||9.1 secs|
|Top speed||210 km/h|
|Price||AED 109,000 - 117,000|