Peugeot 508 review - Reliability and Safety
Time will tell if the 508 can be as appealing to owners as its 3008 sibling
Peugeot has a good reputation for safety these days, and this is borne out by the 508’s five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, earned in 2018. The car scored an impressive 96 per cent for adult occupant safety and 86 per cent for child occupant safety – virtually identical to the figures posted by the Volkswagen Arteon saloon, which Peugeot hopes the 508 will also attract buyers away from.
While the 508 was too new to be featured in our 2018 Driver Power survey, the 3008 SUV which shares its engines, running gear and technology with the 508, came home in first place which certainly bodes well for the 508. However, despite being the overall winner, a worrying 11 per cent of 3008 owners did say their car had gone wrong at some point. This will account for why Peugeot as a company only ranked in 17th out of 26 manufacturers.
Peugeot’s new car warranty is pretty average – three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. While this matches companies such as Volkswagen and Vauxhall, it falls short of some premium rivals from which Peugeot are hoping the 508 can steal sales – both BMW and Mercedes, for example, offer three-year unlimited mileage policies. And, of course, they’re all a long way short of the five-year and seven-year warranties offered by Hyundai and Kia respectively, although the i40 and Optima that these makers offer in the class are feeling old in comparison to the Peugeot.
Peugeot offers a variety of different servicing plans for the 508, and the model will require a yearly service. Naturally, the cost of the service plans will vary depending on each model’s requirements, but prices start from around £15 a month for a three-year, 30,000-mile servicing plan or about £18 for a five-year, 50,000-mile plan. Your Peugeot dealer will be able to advise on costs for individual models, and it’s also worth noting that you have up until the car’s a year-old to decide whether or not to take out a servicing contract.
In this review
- 1Peugeot 508 reviewThe stylish and sporting Peugeot 508 is aiming to steal sales from more traditional models in the large saloon segment
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Peugeot 508 is an entertaining drive, yet it’s also comfortable and refined
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe 1.5-litre diesel is the economy champion, but watch out for potentially high insurance costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith its svelte fastback styling, the Peugeot 508 stands out from the crowd and has an equally stylish interior
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceLess room for rear seat passengers and only an average luggage capacity is the price the 508 pays for its fastback design
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingTime will tell if the 508 can be as appealing to owners as its 3008 sibling