Peugeot 508 (2011 – 2018) Review

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Peugeot 508 (2011 – 2018) At A Glance

Neatly styled. Comfortable and easy to drive. Economical diesels.

Styling imposing rather than elegant. Disappointing ride. Interior build-quality could be better.

Insurance Groups are between 19–37
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

Large, comfortable and offered with an economical choice of diesel engines, the Peugeot 508 has lots of likeable qualities, with its stylish exterior and low running costs giving it appeal for both families and company car drivers. It's easy to drive and practical too. Sadly it falls short on refinement and price, which means it struggles to appeal when compared to the impressive Ford Mondeo or classy Skoda Superb. 

The Peugeot 508 is extremely stylish to look and its imposing four-door saloon body benefits from coupe-styling cues that give it a definitive road presence, with long swooping curves and an imposing front grille. Inside the 508 continues to impress and its huge cabin will have little trouble carrying up to five adults. 

Boot space is plentiful and most models in the 508 range offer 473 litres that can be extended to 503 litres should you take out the rear parcel shelf. However, while there's acres of head and legroom, the cabin lacks the intuitive touches of its rivals, which means there's a lack of useable pockets and cup holders. There are also some worrying question marks over interior build quality, with some creaky plastics and squeaky trim fixtures. 

All 508 models come stacked with kit, which means navigation, DAB and a seven-inch touchscreen are fitted as standard, along with automatic dual zone air conditioning, cruise control and 17-inch alloy wheels. The engine line-up is economical, with efficient diesels offered alongside a hybrid powertrain. 

The engine range starts with the 1.6-litre BlueHDi with 120PS, but we'd recommend upgrading to the 2.0-litre diesel with 150PS due to the fact it's more pleasant with less noise and better efficiency, with up to 72.4mpg. None of the standard diesels dip below 100g/km of CO2, but company car drivers can opt for the Hybrid4, which combines a 2.0-litre diesel to an electric hybrid system to lower CO2 emissions to 95g/km. 

The 508 is a comfortable car to drive, with a smooth six-speed manual gearbox, cushioned ride and responsive steering, which makes it perfectly apt for munching the motorway miles or wafting through twisty A roads. Wind and engine noise levels are generally low too, which makes the 508 a pleasant place to spend time as a passenger or driver. However, with so much choice in this part of the market, the 508 doesn't excel enough to push its way to an already bustling family and company car sector, which means many will overlook it on price alone. 

Peugeot 508 2011 Launch Road Test and Video

Peugeot 508 RXH 2012 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Peugeot 508 (2011 – 2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

27–67 mpg

MPGs submitted

307

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ASK HJ

Do I need to polish my car before waxing it to protect the paintwork?
I have a 2011 Peugeot 508 SW. The paint work is still in good condition and has a fair amount of shine still. I'd really like to enhance the shine, bringing it as close as I could back to its original shine but at the same time protecting it from the elements. I have been reading various reviews and looking at purchasing the Soft99 Fusso Coat wax, but if I'm right I'd need to purchase something like the Autoglym Super Resin Polish to polish the car before applying the wax. Is this correct?
You need a paint cleaner first. Autoglym does one. That's what I use, then follow it up with Autoglym High Def wax.
Answered by Honest John
What car can fit 3 child seats, plus reasonable boot space, for £6000?
My son is looking to swap his 2011 Peugeot 508 SW for an old Volvo XC90 to accommodate a growing family. He wants to be able to fit 3 child seats in the back and still have room for luggage on long trips. Economy is important so petrol engines are out. The budget is about £6000 but I'm worried about expensive servicing and repairs on something like the XC90. He has struggled to find a clean Ford Galaxy in his price range and says the boot is too small when all the seats are up. Can you recommend some alternatives?
A £6000 XC90 is likely to be an expensive mechanical nightmare. What might work is a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life. I've been in the rearmost seat of one 7-up with luggage and it was fine. If he wants big and cheap, maybe a Hyundai i800, a KIA Sedona or a Ssangyong Rodius. These three are not recommendations, though.
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What estate should I buy to replace my Citroen C5 Tourer?
I am looking to replace my 2009 Citroen C5 VTR+ Tourer 140 HDI with one that is 2 or 3 years old. I travel 8000 miles a year, 30% in town and the balance on motorways. I recently started using Millers additive in the branded fuel as an alternative to a 1:4 cocktail of v-power and branded diesel. With all the recent news and problems associated with diesel cars, I am strongly considering a petrol car. I have driven Citroen for 50 years and would like another C5 Tourer. Looking round for one I find they are almost non-existent, as is the Peugeot 508 SW. The Ford Mondeo Estate seems a likely alternative. Which petrol version would be best for my use?
Depending on how old it is, the Mondeo can be had with a 1.6-litre 150PS Ecoboost or a 1.5-litre 150PS Ecoboost. Or a 240PS 2.0-litre Ecoboost with a Powershift transmission, or even a hybrid version. Check out http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests for some of them, including the Vignale hybrid (doesn't have to be Vignale). An alternative is a Mazda 6 2.0 Skyactiv Tourer, or maybe a Toyota Avensis 1.8 i or 2.0 i Valvematic estate. None offer the magic carpet ride of a C5 with hydractive suspension, but, as usual, deeper profile tyres on smaller wheels help absorb some of the shocks. You might also consider a Toyota Auris hybrid Touring Sport. It's a lot bigger than the first generation Auris.
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Rejecting a used car - how can I get all of my money back?
Further to previous correspondence with you regarding the ongoing issues with my Peugeot 508. Car purchased beginning of July this year: 2.0 HDI 140 Further to your advice on demanding a courtesy car or replacement (thank you) the garage have still not been successful in repairing the car. I've written to the dealer principal to demand either that the car be fixed or that my money be refunded. To cut a long story short, they have offered to refund the vehicle (or repair it) BUT will deduct monies to the sum of 30 pence per mile for use. I've done approximately 6000 miles in the vehicle which means I'm in for a deduction of £1800 against a purchase value of £7500 four months ago. This seems excessive in my opinion - bearing in mind the problem was first reported to them within a month of taking on the car. The dealer assures me that the 'industry standard is 40p per mile' and that they are essentially offering more than they need to. Do you consider this fair practice? Is it 'industry standard'? What do I do next? Currently they are looking to get the car back in to repair it.
I'd say cobblers to any "industry standard". Selling cars isn't an "industry" anyway. It's a business. 30p per mile would be fair for a new car, but if you only paid £7,500 for the car it wasn't new and would not have dropped £1,800 over 6,000 miles in 4 months. 20p per mile would be fair. If they don't agree, take the matter to Small Claims.
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