Everything that’s true about the 508’s exterior being more mature, sophisticated and of a superior appearance to its predecessor is also true of the cabin. Peugeot has created a well-finished paragon of pleasing design and decent perceived build for the 508.
Ergonomically, the cabin is generally sound. There is a new and much easier-to-fathom stereo controller, while heating/ventilation controls are straightforward and the dials and supplementary gauges are well finished and clear. You could search long and hard to find the car’s ESP switch and parking sensor deactivation button; they’re hidden away inside a cubby to the right of the steering column, because Peugeot expects owners to need only very occasional use of them.
It’s a spacious environment, too. Rear seat passengers get ample leg and headroom, while seat-up boot volume is 550 litres – plenty for the class. The rear seats can be folded – cleverly from the boot edge via a one-touch lever – to create a 1598-litre volume with a two-metre length. Similarly, it’s ample within the class; you’ll need the wagon variants of a Ford Mondeo or Skoda Superb to match it.
Uncomfortably for Peugeot, there’s only person who might feel short-changed – and it’s the one who sits behind the steering wheel.