Executive cars from non-premium manufacturers are in danger of extinction. The Mondeo is due to go in March 2022 I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mazda 6, Vauxhall Insignia, Toyota Avensis and VW Passat; all cars that have a very long history went too. Take the Insignia, in 1975 it was the cavalier, later it was the Vectra in 1988 until in 2008 it became the Insignia. That’s a very lengthy history. The Passat’s been around since 1973 too selling 30 million. In 2019 they only sold 14,000.
There are 2 reasons for this. Firstly, cars such as the BMW 3 series are so good and I can’t deny it and it reflects this in sales-it’s the sixth bestselling car in Britain. Secondly, the rise of SUV’s can be blamed too. Cars such as the new Nissan Qashqai and Renault Arkana coupe SUV which have been released this month are increasingly popular.
To survive, Peugeot have made a huge gamble with the 508 and that is why I’d buy one over an Audi A4. It’s more exciting; maybe not to drive though as it not particularly inspiring but that is the last of my problems. Firstly, is the styling, unquestionably it is the most eye-catching car on the market with the chequered chrome grill, fang lights, bonnet bulges, side skirts, smoked taillights, chrome exhaust and must have (optional) twilight blue. The style also extends to the interior where I’d recommend adding the red leather quilted seats to the option list as well as panoramic glass sunroof for more of the looks. Standard you get Peugeots odd driving position and piano key styled controls for the large infotainment screen. There is so much to look at inside this car.
0-60 in 8 seconds is excellent for a 1.6l hybrid that I’d recommend. If you want ultimate pace, the 508 PSE standing for Peugeot Sport Engineering; it has even more styling cues too. It handles well too (despite being not particularly fun) and it rides exceptionally well with Audi A4 standards. Peugeot claim it does 235.4 M
PG but clearly that’s not going to be true. Auto express managed over 50 MPG in petrol power only so I wouldn’t be surprised if you achieved over 100 MPG in it.
Overall, it may only be an adequate executive car but it sure is one of the most likable. I’d be sad to see it go.
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