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Peugeot 508 – design

Among the most handsome cars in its class, to our eyes, and stands out in a class where many others are losing their way

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from £34,170
  • Sharp design, high-tech cabin, agile chassis
  • Uninspiring drivetrains, little steering feel, ergonomic flaws

Peugeot has undergone something of a styling renaissance when current 508 first launched, coinciding with its run of competitive cars. The 308 was an early sign of this, looking handsome and distinctive without resorting to fussiness, and Peugeot’s more recent crossovers showed an even more distinctive look was on the way.

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The 508 is probably the best example yet of the brand’s modern design chops. It’s well-proportioned, impressively detailed and if the reactions of some passers-by are anything to go by, attention grabbing in the right kind of way. Swivelling heads isn’t something the previous 508 ever did, but the shark-like front end, slim rear light units and swooping roofline make the 508, for us, one of the better-looking cars in the class.

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Its design has remained consistent since its 2018 launch, but last year's facelift saw it take inspiration from the striking 408 fastback, with the marque's new crest logo mounted within a redesigned radiator grille. The entry-level 508 also now receives 17-inch wheels as standard, with the front and rear lights sharpened to match the rest of the range with that claw lighting signature.

Naturally, the 508 is at its best in strong colours and preferably higher trim levels - the GT with its twin exhaust outlets, 19-inch wheels and intricate grille design has a particularly strong look, though the extra chrome elements on some models are also subtly integrated. It even has frameless windows, which is an upmarket touch you don’t expect to see outside of the premium brands. 

Along with the rival Mazda 6, the 508 is a good example of not necessarily needing a premium badge to make a premium-style impact on the segment.

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