What’s going on here?
This is the module half breed rendition of the Peugeot 508. You’re correct, we’ve seen it previously – driven a model, no less. In any case, last contacts have been made from that point forward, so as to arrive at UK garages, close to enough matching with new organization vehicle charge groups that will profit PHEV and EV drivers.
In any case, first the vehicle. It includes a 178bhp 1.6-liter oil motor and a 108bhp electric engine on the front pivot for a complete framework yield of 222bhp. It’s a piece of Peugeot’s arrangement to offer electric variations of each model by 2025, and you can get a similar half breed treatment in the SW domain rendition, as well.
How about we talk mileage. The asserted figures are as yet strange sounding even on the ‘more sensible’ WLTP test cycle, likewise with all module cross breeds. Formally, the 508 Hybrid is said to accomplish somewhere in the range of 166.2mpg and 235.4mpg. Be that as it may, you’ve increasingly possibility of the Peugeot identification growing wings, freeing itself from the hood and smacking you around the face. On our test course, it drew nearer to 40mpg.
It will be lower still once the battery is drained, and to revive it takes two hours from a 7kW charger – however you’ll need to pay extra on any trim level to have the option to charge at that rate. Closefisted, correct? Else, it takes seven hours from a three-pin attachment or four hours from a Type 2 charger with a Mode 3 link. Fast charging isn’t accessible.
Maybe the more remarkable figure is the electric-just range, of 33-39 miles. Once more, somewhat hopeful, yet regardless of whether it’s nearer to the 30-mile mark, as we anticipate, that is still long enough to charge a lot of drives.
And afterward, obviously, there’s the official CO2 emanations. Puffing out 29g/km will unquestionably pacify the organization vehicle charge divine beings. The new advantage in-kind (BIK) charge groups kicking in on 6 April mean running a 508 Hybrid as an organization vehicle can cost you half as much as a 1.5-liter oil (150g/km) Ford Mondeo.
Sounds great – except if you’re the salesman who’s recently requested that Mondeo. Sorry. Be that as it may, is there more to like about the 508 than simply its CO2 emanations?
What’s it like?
Start it up and, insofar as there’s sufficient charge, it will buzz off in electric-just mode. Starting there on, you get the wonderful quietness and zippy speeding up you’d expect, until the battery runs out or you energetically press the throttle, so, all things considered the motor kicks in. The change between power sources isn’t shaking or bothering, regardless of whether it isn’t absolutely consistent.
The gearbox baffles more when you’re requesting desperation. In loosened up conditions, it shifts without complain. Be that as it may, in kickdown, it can chase around for a rigging with all the assurance and exactness of an alcoholic darts player.
At the point when it decides on an apparatus and shoot you off not far off, the vehicle fabricates pace easily and quickly. It’s the joint-speediest in the 508 line-up, close by the 178bhp 2.0-liter diesel, despite the fact that its pace is dynamic instead of sensational.
Move through certain twists and you notice the cross breed’s additional weight; it’s practically 300kg heavier than the lightest 508. In any case, that doesn’t diminish too radically from the 508’s physicality; it’s still entirely nimble and glad to alter course rapidly, with smooth and exact controlling.
The weight doesn’t ruinously affect the ride, either. There’s still some observable squirm, yet it smoothes out pleasantly on the motorway, making the 508 a lovely spot to gobble up the miles.
Bargains inside contrasted with non-half and halves? None, aside from the reality you can’t have an extra wheel. The inside is pleasantly completed, with good materials, and there’s even an accommodating spot to store a charging link under the boot floor.