First Drive: Peugeot 508 Hybrid 225 GT
Plug-in hybrid 508s are next in Peugeot’s electrification plans. Martyn Collins finds a few compromises.
SECTOR Upper Medium PRICE £34,930-£40,630 FUEL 217mpg (WLTP) CO2 29-30g/km (NEDC Correlated)
Hot on the heels of the all-electric e-208 supermini, Peugeot’s next stage of its electrification plans arrives just in time for April’s planned BiK changes in the form of plug-in hybrid versions of the 508 and 508 SW.
While there’s little to set the new PHEV variants apart from the rest of the range – bar another fuel flap for the electric motor – it’s a different story underneath the bonnet, with a 180hp 1.6-litre petrol combined with a 110hp electric motor on the front axle. The result is a perky 225hp, a 0-62mph acceleration time of 8.3 seconds and the ability to run on full electric power for up to 33 miles.
However, this 508’s performance isn’t going to pique company car drivers’ interests, it’s the claimed 217mpg WLTP figure and CO2 emissions as low as 29g/km.
On the road, it feels much the same as the standard car, as long as you don’t ask for more. Starting and running in electric, it stays this way until the battery runs out, or you prod the accelerator – then the petrol engine smoothly fires into life. The 508 drive remains smooth until you push it harder, then the auto gearbox gets in the way, seeming to forget what gear it’s in and being reluctant to change gear.
Hybrid, Electric and Sport modes are included, although Sport is best avoided, as on top of the boomy engine noise, the transitions between petrol and electric power become really harsh.
Otherwise, the ride around town is still unsettled, although more comfortable on the motorway, and while it’s a tidy handler, you can feel the extra weight of the electric motor in the corners.
Available in Allure, GT Line and GT trims, prices start at a rather punchy £34,930 for the expected best-selling Allure Hybrid.
The same smart looks, combined with added useful electric range and lower running costs – but it is expensive.
Key Fleet Model: 508 Hybrid 225 Allure
Strengths: Stylish looks, easy to drive
Weaknesses: Slow gearbox, expensive
FW Star Rating: 4/5