Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Peugeot 508 a Cut Above

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Peugeot 508 a Cut Above

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Byline: Steve Hughes

PEUGEOT has opened the order book for two new innovative versions of its new 508 executive saloon and estate models, which could elevate the French car maker into the same zone as its prestige German rivals.

The new cars will be the highest quality ever achieved by Peugeot, already regarded as a class above its mainstream rivals although nowhere near the likes of Audi or BMW.

This gap will be closed by the arrival of the 508 range, which will also boast ultra-economical hybrid and semi off-road versions in the guise of the 508 Saloon HYbrid4 and the 508 RXH.

The HYbrid4 is based on the well-specified Allure version but gains keyless entry with Stop/Start button, cruise control with speed limiter, automatic parking brake with Hill Assist, Peugeot Connect Navigation with Bluetooth, Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance, automatic headlamps and wipers, 18in alloy wheels and half leather seats. It will cost from pounds 31,450.

The 508 RXH costs from pounds 33,695 and is a flagship model based on the estate body style, which combined with the HYbrid4 technology has raised ground clearance, distinctive 18in Attila alloy wheels, front and rear parking aid and parallel parking assist, panoramic glass roof, colour head-up display, USB point and acoustic laminated side windows with tints on the rear.

Both of these 508s feature Peugeot's diesel-electric HYbrid4 technology that generates 200bhp of power with four-wheel drive, 100% electric and silent running mode and CO emissions of just 95g/km for the HYbrid4 and 107g/km for the RXH.

The RXH arrives here in May, to be followed by the HYbrid4 in July.

The main advantage for company car users is the very low taxation of just 10% on the 508 Saloon HYbrid4 and 12% on 508 RXH.

Both vehicles attract 100% capital write-down allowance, meaning there is no further value to be carried over for taxation into the following year. …

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