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Peugeot 508 PSE (2021 – present) | Expert Rating

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Summary


A high-performance plug-in hybrid, the Peugeot 508 PSE (Peugeot Sport Engineered) is the flagship version of the Peugeot 508, offered in both liftback and estate body styles.

As well as the car’s sportier bodywork that the manufacturer says improves aerodynamics, the Peugeot 508 PSE produces more than double the power of the standard 508 saloon, thanks to its 355hp plug-in hybrid powertrain which combines a petrol engine with two electric motors.

Peugeot says that the 508 PSE can complete a 0-60mph sprint in 5.2 seconds, and travel a maximum of 26 miles on just electric power.

This is the most expensive model that Peugeot has ever sold, and by current plug-in hybrid standards, that all-electric range is middling. The cheaper Volvo V60 Recharge comparatively has an electric range of 54 miles, while What Car? points out that the BMW M340i Touring is more exciting on the road and that the Skoda Octavia vRS plug-in hybrid is a more practical choice.

Despite its flaws, a number of outlets argue that the 508 PSE has some definite charms – Carwow explains that this sports saloon and estate is “extremely handsome, fast and comfortable”, while Auto Express says that this is “a versatile machine loaded with kit that also boasts strong efficiency”.

If you find this flagship performance model intriguing, you may be deterred by its price tag. Parkers comments that, “with a list price of more than £50,000, the 508 PSE is a tough sell for private buyers”.

As of May 2022, the Peugeot 508 PSE holds an Expert Rating of 66%, based on 12 reviews published by the UK media.

508 PSE highlights

  • Impressive performance
  • Low running costs
  • Agile handling and body control
  • Comfortable on long cruises
  • Distinctive styling

508 PSE lowlights

  • Average interior quality
  • Small battery range
  • Unreasonably expensive to buy outright
  • Slightly cramped rear seating
  • Infotainment lags behind rivals

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-sized liftback and estate
Engines:
Plug-in hybrid
Price:
From £54,665 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA



Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 79%

The Peugeot 508 PSE has not directly been tested by Euro NCAP, but the Peugeot 508 it is based on was awarded a full-five star crash test rating in 2018, with a notably high adult occupant score of 96%.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of May 2022, the Peugeot 508 PSE has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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