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Peugeot 508 (2011 to 2018)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

55
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
E

Safety Rating:

39
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

64
%
D

Running Costs:

-

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

55
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
E

Safety Rating:

39
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

64
%
D

Running Costs:

-

Summary


The Peugeot 508 is a medium-sized liftback and estate model. This is the original version, which was launched in the UK in 2011. It was given a major update in 2014 and then replaced by a completely new model in 2018.

The 508 was a replacement for two previous Peugeot models, the 407 and 607 saloons. It lined up against what was then a large market of rival large cars, including the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat.

The Peugeot 508 was available in both liftback and estate body styles, with petrol and diesel engine choices. There was also a more off-road all-wheel-drive version called the RXH, which followed similar concepts like the Audi A4 allroad and Volvo XC70. The RXH sat slightly higher off the ground and had some styling changes to make it look more SUV-ish.

In 2014, the 508 range was given a mid-life update, with refreshed front-end styling, improved engines and upgraded interior technology. This then continued on sale until early 2018, when it was replaced by the second-generation 508 range.

As of May 2024, the Peugeot 508 has a Used Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 55%.

Peugeot 508 highlights

  • More stylish than Ford/VW/Vauxhall rivals
  • Heavy depreciation means bargain used prices
  • Good equipment levels as standard
  • Reliability has proved to be good
  • RXH model was quite competent off-road

Peugeot 508 lowlights

  • Driving experience largely underwhelming
  • Cramped rear cabin space
  • Uncomfortable ride on poor road surfaces
  • Steep pricing and unfavourable reputation hurt sales

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-sized liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, hybrid
Price: From £22,054 on-road

Launched: Spring 2011
Mid-life update: Summer 2014
Discontinued: Summer 2018


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2011
Date expired: January 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 90%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 41%
Safety assist: 97%

Notes on safety rating

The Peugeot 508 was awarded a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP back when this model was launched in 2011. However, this rating expired in January 2018 as the 508 no longer met the requirements for a five-star car. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used Peugeot 508 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Peugeot 508 was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life as it pre-dated the launch of Green NCAP in 2018.

Reliability rating

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All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Peugeot 508 family has a reliability score that’s slightly below than average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. The above score covers both this original-generation 508 and newer (2018 onwards) version.

The most costly item to date has been gearbox repairs, with an average repair bill of nearly £2,00. Engine bills are also more expensive than a used car warranty, with an average bill of about £800.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

The Peugeot 508 is too old a vehicle for us to have running cost data.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Peugeot 508 received

2011

  • Fleet World Awards – Best New Car
  • Next Green Car Awards – Best Large Family Car

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The Peugeot 508 was a stylish alternative to the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo, but it didn't really trouble the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class.Peugeot 508 (2011 to 2018)