Peugeot 508 Hybrid4 Saloon – Takes The Corporate Market Head-on

French car manufacturer Peugeot really is trying to nudge into the premium sector and scalp sales from more established luxury brands. Alongside the new 508RXH 4×4 hybrid estate crossover car, which we cover in another article, Peugeot is also launching a Hybrid4 version of its svelte 508 saloon.
Environmentally-speaking, the 508 Hybrid4 really will float business peoples boats as it emits an incredibly low 95g/km of CO2, which is brilliant for such a large saloon car. As per the 4×4 estate version, the saloon will also be powered by the same diesel-electric mix namely a 163bhp 2 litre HDi diesel engine and a 37bhp electric motor, which when working together give a 0-60 time of 9.5 seconds.
Peugeot 508 Hybrid diagram
So the fact that in total it produces 200bhp, whilst being able to achieve a quoted 78.5mpg and with BIK of only 10%, combine to make the Peugeot 508 Hybrid4 one very attractive offering.
Driver performance is a key area Peugeot have focused on for their new hybrid saloon and it certainly wont be spartan in terms of kit either. Keyless entry, Hill Assist, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, electric folding door mirrors, sat nav, Bluetooth telephone, 18 alloy wheels and half leather seats all come as standard.
The Peugeot 508 Hybrid4 saloon is set to hit the road in July 2012 and is already available to order, with prices starting at 31,450. With a 100% Capital Write-down Allowance, it will no doubt make it onto the shortlists of many companies in the near future.

Verdict

It’s en expensive car, but the low running costs and generous standard kit should make it appealing for those looking for an alternative to the usual BMW 3-Series and Ford Mondeo. We’ll be interested to find out what the reviews are like for it.

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