The Ford Mondeo-rivalling Peugeot 508 has been updated to include new technology, a fresh design and a 2.0-litre 148bhp engine that emits just 105g/km. The diesel-electric HYbrid4 model is back, too, boasting 85.6mpg and 85g/km – both best-in-class figures.
The new design of the 508 is inspired by some of the most recent concepts from Peugeot, like the Exalt, which featured at the Beijing Motor Show earlier in 2014. That means a narrower grille, stretched right across the front end, where it meets a set of more compact headlights. There’s a more horizontal bonnet on all models and a set of new taillights for the saloon.
The interior has been simplified so that many of the functions are now controlled through a centrally mounted seven-inch touchscreen. New options like blind spot sensors and a reversing camera are available, as are a range of Peugeot Connect apps providing info on things like free parking spaces, fuel prices and traffic.
Underneath the bonnet, the big news is the introduction of the 150bhp 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel, which boasts emissions of 105g/km. That’s 10g/km less than the old 1.6-litre e-HDi engine, which only had 112bhp. It’s still not quite the cleanest, though, with the Mazda 6 boasting a 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel with emissions of 104g/km.
There’s also a 180bhp version of the 2.0 BlueHDi and a 165bhp 1.6-litre THP turbo. The latter unit now boasts emissions of 131g/km, compared with 144g/km in the old car. There’s a new six-speed automatic gearbox, too.
Improvements to the HYbrid4 model have meant this four-wheel-drive diesel-electric version has now seen CO2 emissions cut from 95g/km to 85g/km.
The updated Peugeot 508 will go on sale from September 10 and should be priced from around £20,000.