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Peugeot 508 RXH

Peugeot’s intriguing 508 RXH is a estate with a few tricks up its Jonathan Crouch tries it.

Ten Review

Peugeot has decided diesel/electric hybrid motoring be offered right across the And since their system four driven wheels, used it not only in their Crossover model but also it into their 508 Estate to this, the RXH version, a rather and go-almost-anywhere eco-conscious all-wheel family estate rather in the of Audi’s allroad. It brings power to an all-new audience and just how affordable to run a car like can be.

Background

It seems like yesterday that any rugged-looking vehicle with 4WD was automatically as being bad for the environment. And pretty bad for tax return too, thanks to weight and thirst. So what are we to of this, Peugeot’s 508 RXH? a hefty 1.9-tonne family with SUV styling cues and go 4WD. Yet at the same time, Hybrid4 power delivers costs that are almost

There’s a price to pay for having cake and eating it of course. would be hard to justify if we had was simply a green-tinged piece of SUV But that’s not what this is.

in this car, we’ve motoring strategy made reality, the combustion engine in its frugal diesel form with electric propulsion. is Peugeot’s logical Hybrid4 developed to be cleverly modular so it can be bolted onto the rear of they make, in this the well received Mondeo-sized 508 Electric power pushing the wheels and diesel drive at the offers the extra benefit of 4WD emphasised in this model by a ride height and SUV-style

Enough to create in this RXH something of an Audi allroad-style to plusher compact SUVs. A car with a bit of life in it. Capable, yet Hi-tech, yet highly practical.

the promise. Let’s see how it stacks up.

Experience

At the wheel, there’s of the ground-breaking technology on display. passengers won’t even the almost imperceptible change in note as you pick up speed or the city limits and the 163bhp HDi engine driving the front seamlessly cuts in to assist the AC electric motor that those at the rear, making in theory at least, a four drive machine. Like all hybrids, this one comes with an automatic gearbox, a set of steering wheel-mounted gearshift should you wish to take yourself. This is PSA’s EGS system, as already used in models across Peugeot’s It’s a jerky set-up in cars — but less so thanks to the way the electric motor in the gaps in the diesel engine’s delivery.

Ah yes, the power With a combined output of and a combined 450Nm of torque, of it from the electric motor, facilitates a towing capacity of up to you’ll be expecting this RXH to be rapid. But if you are, then failing to take account of the weight penalty that with all the batteries and everything required for hybrid motoring. equivalent to the weight of a couple of passengers and it explains why this car is no faster than an ordinarily 508 2.0 HDi variant with 50bhp rest to sixty takes on the way to 132mph.

You’ll need to be in ‘Sport’ with its quick gear and active 4WD to be going this this one of four driving available via the circular controller. are three other driving — ‘Auto’, ‘4WD’ and ‘ZEV’ (Zero Emissions Select 4WD and a wider track front and rear and various protection measures also their part in making that unmade tracks, farm roads and snowy will all be within your especially with a set of winter fitted.

But the Serengeti you’ll to leave to Ranulph Fiennes.

and Build

As one of the most expensive and Peugeot models ever this 508 RXH needs to look the It does. But under all this you’ve a shape that much different to that of any well specified 508 estate. it is the same from the B-pillars — and that’s what this design so darned Here, you keep everything at the front end of the car, with an off-the-shelf engine conventionally the front wheels.

Then at the back, you simply the normal rear axle one that packages in an electric driving the rear wheels. and rear communicate electronically on the traction needed and power seamlessly between engine and as required. A brilliantly straightforward that enables Peugeot and its Citroen to bolt hybrid into just about any they make. We’re told that the packaging have been carefully through to ensure that the system’s nickel-metal hydride mounted above the rear don’t eat too greatly into space.

Except that do — a bit. Raise the hatch and you’ll find luggage capacity falls the 512-litres you get in an ordinary 508 estate to in this car. You do though get a 11-litres of extra compartmentalised capacity under the boot


If that’s not enough, then you can use side wall-mounted levers to the 60/40-split rear bench, at point total carriage is revealed at 1439-litres — from 1598-litres in the standard

Market and Model

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So, let’s you’ve done your you’ve been through the process and you’ve made the sums add up into purchase of 508 RXH. That won’t been too easy given an price of around £34,000, so you won’t want to have to do is to spend and extra fortune on the list. Fortunately, the standard kit on this car is comprehensive enough to that reasonably unnecessary. So you can to find 18-inch alloy a huge panoramic glass auto headlamps and wipers, trim, cruise control, and heated front seats electric lumbar support, start assist, electrically mirrors, parking sensors, bi-zone air conditioning, an auto rear view mirror, compatibility for your mobile Peugeot’s ‘Connect’ sat nav system and a display that projects key onto the bottom of the windscreen so you don’t have to take eyes off the road.

Safety-wise, there are twin, side and curtain airbags, with the usual electronic for braking, traction and stability to try and ensure that you’ll have to use them. If all should and you have an accident, then the peace of mind of Peugeot’s Connect SOS Assistance system. Via you can summon emergency assistance who’ll already know you are from the car’s GPS signal.

you be incapacitated, the car will itself seek assistance.

Cost of

Although other diesel models in the Peugeot range doubtless attract more the 508 RXH is a tantalising glimpse of what can be Its emissions are rated at 107g/km is a fantastic figure for a car this big and Aided by a stop/start system cuts the engine when you need it when you’re at the lights or stuck in urban fuel economy is rated at on the combined cycle but it’s remembering that in full mode it can operate silently zero tailpipe local Let me be more specific here. for this model is rated at 12%, an unheard of figure for a large, powerful luxurious car.

Nor will this RXH incur the usual 3% diesel surcharge to conventional diesel rivals. As a under current company car tax this car will cost a owner around half the in annual tax that they’d pay for a rival, say a diesel-powered Ford estate. Companies buying vehicle benefit from Employer National Insurance alongside an allowance for the company to 100% (Write-down Allowance) of the price in the first year taxable profits. Small that up to 80% or more of sales of Peugeot will be to business

These people will appreciate affordably priced and insurance that’s relatively low (group 33) for a 200bhp estate

Summary

Peugeot has decided diesel/electric hybrid motoring be offered right across the And since their system four driven wheels, used it not only in their Crossover model but also it into their 508 Estate to this, the RXH version, a rather and go-almost-anywhere eco-conscious all-wheel family estate rather in the of Audi’s allroad. It brings power to an all-new audience and just how affordable to run a car like can be.

All right, so this 508 RXH is hardly — but then, the cleverest rarely is. And the premium this demands over the cost of an medium range all-wheel estate is no more than pay to get a more prestigious badge on enamelled keyfob. If you can afford to such a premium, this is a way of spending your money, not because you’ll get much of investment back in lower tax and more frugal running You’d be forgiven for doubting 4WD and eco-friendly motoring could go together. This car proves it

Which makes it a game — and a very clever one

PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 Active Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 Active Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 Active Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 Active Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 Active Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 Active Semi-automatic 6-speed

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