First drive Peugeot 508 RXH Car and Van News

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First drive: Peugeot 508 RXH

is it: Hybrid version of Peugeot’s big car.

Key features: Diesel-electric 4 4, big tax advantages.

Our view: In February we at tested Peugeot’s 3008 the French brand claiming a in combining an electric motor and a as opposed to petrol, engine. We that after years of show appearances this seemed to have taken a time to reach the road.

now it’s finally launched the Peugeot is not hanging about, and the model to make use of what the calls its ‘Hybrid4’ technology is the 508 large car.

The 508, launched last year in and later estate body has already shifted 112,500 in 65 per cent of them to business But there’s good reason to that many fleet might have hung on for new version, the RXH, quite because of the difference both and their fleet manager feel in the pocket.

Compare the 508 RXH to a typical economic car, Volkswagen’s Passat Okay the Peugeot costs £6,000 more than the VW. But it 200bhp, 68mpg quoted cycle fuel economy and in emissions, compared to the VW’s 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

all this means is that the 508 RXH a 12 per cent benefit in kind the VW 20 per cent. A Peugeot driver 40 per cent tax will face a BIK bill of £135, the VW driver be hit with £184..

National Insurance contribution? Peugeot, £762 VW. Any why is the fleet smiling? Because he can write off the £33 grand cost of the Peugeot in the year, compared to just of the VW’s £27,615 cost…

And it better, because the Peugeot has the VW doesn’t. The diesel drives the wheels, the electric motor the so at the flick of a switch you can have (hence ‘Hybrid4’) and set off across a field – as we did at the press launch on a wet day at a racing stables.

So this the Peugeot comparable to ‘soft-roader’ such as Audi’s A4 Allroad. is only around £2,500 to buy than the RXH, and a Peugeot will get more than of that back in the first in BIK tax alone. The Audi requires more in NI, and that’s before you fuel savings, road tax What’s not to like?

But does the car itself live up to the Apart from a higher clearance and such add-ons as extensions to reflect its mud-plugger all the 508 RXH differences are under the skin, and in of practicality, fit and finish and general we can refer you to our test of the stock

Basically, the RXH is every bit as good as its sister.

On the road we could send you back to the archives to our test of the 3008 Hybrid4, as the are exactly the same – 2-litre matched to 27kW electric

The same four-mode control is present, with sadly the less than distinctive between modes. Auto is the the car spends most of its time in. ZEV Emission Vehicle) is fully-electric which the car can run in at up to 40mph with a charged battery (automatically by the powertrain when not under .

The other two are 4 4, as already mentioned, and – in which the electric motor an extra 10 horses and the mapping is for more instant response.

not that instant though the ‘seamless’ gear changes are not especially in auto, with a delay especially in going up You almost feel the car is saying; you sure you want to do that?” you can do the shifts yourself, which is – a bit, but the Peugeot cannot the issues that come effectively converting a manual to auto operation.


But, a regular driver of hybrid will get used to traits. They will, they will be thinking of the big cash savings on offer. car takes all the attributes that already made the 508 such a and adds a hugely significant even more relevant in times when we are all feeling the financially. It should prove a big

Key specifications:

Model tested: 508 RXH

On sale: May 2012


Engine: 1997cc diesel/20kW motor

Power (bhp): (37*)

Torque (lb/ft):

0-62mph (sec): 9.5



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