On the occasion of its second generation, the 2021 Peugeot 508 sedan is evolving in terms of style, engines, and upgrading.
NEW PEUGEOT 508 – The year 2021 has honored the second generation of the Peugeot 508 for two reasons. The manufacturer at the Lion unveiled its new sedan in March at the Geneva Motor Show, while the station wagon variant was presented to the public in October as part of the Paris Motor Show.
This second 508 of the name was born seven years after the first generation. It is distinguished by its more dynamic style and its more upscale positioning. Marketed since September, the 2021 Peugeot 508 is displayed in France from 32,300 euros in Diesel (130 hp) and 34,600 euros in gasoline (180 hp).
The new 2021 Peugeot 508 is gaining momentum compared to the more classic design of its predecessor. Her gaze mixes the modernity of the brand’s recent stylistic codes and a nod to her ancestor, the 504, by affixing her number at the end of the hood. At the back, there is a large smoked strip incorporating LEDs in the shape of feline claws.
This 508 is especially noted for its low sedan look, a concept never seen before in a French car. With a pavilion lowered by 6 cm compared to the first generation, it puts on a silhouette of a 4-door coupe, with a height contained at 1.40 m. Being also 8 cm shorter than the model it replaces, it has a length of 4.75 m, a width of 1.86 m, and a wheelbase of 2.79 m.
2021 Peugeot 508: interior and technologies
Inaugurated by the SUV 3008, the concept of futuristic cockpit centered on the driver is taken up in this 508, in the same way as the famous piano keys. Thus named because of their original format, these long direct access keys are overlooked by a 10-inch panel placed under the central air vents. Behind the compact double-flat steering wheel, characteristic of recent Peugeot models, we find the 12.3-inch head-up digital handset.
Connectivity in the passenger compartment is ensured by 4 USB sockets, induction charging, and the Mirror Screen function allowing voice recognition. Driving aids include night vision, a first in this segment. Coming from the DS 7 Crossback SUV, this technology guarantees the detection, at night, of living beings up to 250 m away.
The fairly compact size of the new 508 has an impact on interior space. With its 4-door coupe appearance, the sedan at Lion reserves a roof clearance a little just at the rear for large users and has a 487-liter trunk, 28 liters less than its predecessor. Access is facilitated by the adoption of a tailgate, a lower loading sill, and a wider opening than before.
Inevitably, the station wagon enhances the interior capacities of this second generation, but in a very shy way. The 508 SW has a basic volume of 530 liters (in water), compared to 660 liters for the model it replaces. This loss of capacity is partly compensated by a luggage compartment, fitted with aluminum rails, facilitating compartmentalization.
Engines and transmissions
The high-end claims of the sedan to the Lion are felt on its engines, in particular the petrol range which starts at 180 hp. In Diesel, the offer is more reasonable with an access version embedding the recent 1.5-liter BlueHDi of 130 hp. It is the only one to be associated with the mechanical gearbox.
The larger engines go hand in hand with the EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission. To date, the most powerful engine is the petrol of 225 horsepower. In the fall of 2019, the Peugeot 508 should register the contribution of a petrol rechargeable hybrid version of around 300 horsepower.
Marketed in the fall of 2021, the new 2021 Peugeot 508 starts at 32,300 euros in diesel (130 hp) and 34,600 euros in petrol (180 hp). The top of the range is 49,950 euros in Diesel (180 hp) and 48,750 euros in petrol (225 hp).
Stanislas Larroumet has thoroughly tested this second generation of 508 by reviewing its entire range. Here is an extract of his impressions for the BlueHDi 160 EAT8 version:
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In addition to an appreciable operating silence, the 508 offers very comfortable damping which makes you want to travel long distances for its (small) steering wheel which, in some cases (large sizes in particular), unfortunately, hides some information from the said handset head held high.
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And to ride a long time, this 508 has a weighty argument: its consumption. Despite a very fast pace on the highway and clear reminders on the roads, the on-board computer announced a remarkable 6.8 l / 100 km on average.