Peugeot 508 review - Reliability and safety
The 508 achieves top Euro NCAP marks, although some safety kit is only standard on more expensive models
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.
Standard safety kit is good, although Allure Premium models and above feature systems that the Active Premium cars do without. Entry versions still get Emergency Brake Assist, cruise control, a distance alert system and a Lane Keeping Assistance function, while tech such as smart cruise control, a driver attention alert, blind-spot detection and road sign recognition are found on models further up the price list.
The 508 didn't feature in our 2022 Driver Power survey, although the 208 supermini, 2008 crossover and the 3008 SUV all appeared on the list of the 75 best cars to own. Peugeot itself finished in 11th-place out of 29 manufacturers, in 2021, but managed an impressive climb to fourth place in the 2022 poll. Ride and handling were areas that received the highest praise, while exterior design and finish were also commended.
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.
The 508 requires a yearly service every 12 months or 12,000 miles, while the manufacturer offers service plans for up to five years with various mileage options. Monthly plans for petrol and diesel models start from around £16 a month, although you'll pay nearer £21 every month for a PHEV version.
In this review
- 1Peugeot 508 reviewThe sharply-styled Peugeot 508 is a stylish family car alternative, offering efficient plug-in hybrid tech and plenty of standard kit
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Peugeot 508 is an entertaining drive, yet it’s also comfortable and refined
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsPlug-in hybrid tech makes the 508 more relevant to company car users, but insurance costs might be a little higher than expected
- 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 readingThe 508 achieves top Euro NCAP marks, although some safety kit is only standard on more expensive models