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PEUGEOT 508 RXH HYbrid4 107g/km Semi-automatic 6-speed

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Driving a car stables which are home to racehorses may not sound like the of ideas, but that’s exactly I did during the launch of Peugeot’s new 508

The highly-strung thoroughbreds would not taken kindly to a normal car driven within a couple of of their noses, but these no ordinary cars they hybrid cars, and for our slow drive through the Manor Stables we had locked into Vehicle mode and moved silently through the stables.

Far being disturbed by the presence of a estate car in their midst, the were inquisitive, and tried to their noses through our windows!

Further excitement was to when we tested the Peugeot 4×4 system on very wet after days of heavy running alongside horses their daily exercise on gallops quite an experience.

Located in Cheshire, around 15 from Chester, Manor Stables is owned by England Michael Owen and his business Andrew Bert Black, who teamed up with top trainer Tom

A huge investment has seen the of a swimming pool for horses and an veterinary centre, and it was a real to see a horse taking a dip in the pool, can also be used for treating and injured horses. We also met the horse owned by another well-known footballer and his wife, Mr and Mrs Rooney.

The team have plans to make it one of the best facilities in the country and having trained more than 100 and claimed in excess of £1-million in money, so it seems they are in the right direction.

The main however, was Peugeot’s latest new the company’s fourth launch of the for the French carmaker which is rather better than of its rivals at present. It is the second in the range to feature diesel technology, following on from the Hybrid4 which was a world and one I covered a few weeks ago.

Sharing the same powertrain as the Hybrid4, the 508 RXH is based on the excellent SW but thanks to its four-wheel-drive ability with the likes of the Audi and the Volvo XC70.

Externally, the first use of the Peugeot claw by its daytime running lights, a ride height and plastic along the sides of the car to protect its but it’s underneath where all the stuff is to be found.

Up front is a diesel engine, which is to a 27kW electric motor the back axle. The two work in to provide anything from a electric vehicle to a reasonably car with up to 200bhp on tap, both power sources their efforts.

A top speed of 132 and 0-62mph time of 9.5 are available. The car’s battery is on the over-run, or when coasting, up energy which would be wasted to replenish the on-board

As with all hybrids, claims of mpg figures abound (up to 69mpg in case), and with skilful may be achievable, but in real world conditions, we could only 41.5mpg on the first leg of the trip, and on the return, figures which can be bettered by any number of conventionally cars.

If you are a company car driver, around 90 per cent of buyers are to be, it suddenly makes a huge of sense. The entire cost of the car can be off against tax in the first year. Add to very low BIK costs, exemption the HMRC 3 per cent diesel (as the HYbrids are not solely powered by a engine), C02 emissions from Congestion Charge exemption and you to get the picture.

So financially it makes sense, but it like to drive? The car cruises enough once up to speed, and the graphic on the dash showing the different power sources are is always fascinating, but the 6-speed EGC manual gearbox isn’t the often giving an extended between gearchanges which and should be better.

PEUGEOT 508 RXH HYbrid4 107g/km Semi-automatic 6-speed

I also a long delay between power, and actually getting it on occasions when trying to in traffic. When you lift off the you can feel the electric motor energy for the battery, which takes a bit of getting used to, but familiarity with the car would be

Inside, you have everything you expect in a high-end car the model I even had a panoramic glass which I like, so it will be to see how well it sells.

A saloon of the 508 Hybrid4 goes on sale month.

In what the company admits are times for everybody, Peugeot has doing better than with its sales up 3.2 per cent in a which is only up 1 per cent

Its 107 models are up 28 per cent on last the 308 is up 33 per cent and the 3008 is up by a whopping 49 per

Peugeot’s Just Add Fuel launched in June 2010 has massively, boosting showroom by 30 per cent, bringing customers who not otherwise have visited a showroom. This scheme has been improved further to changes in the insurance criteria have seen the minimum age from 25 to 21 and refined to account for


Peugeot’s van range has also updated, with new Partner, and Tepee models, Tepee the passenger versions of its vans are proving popular with firms, especially now they are with 6-speed automatic

Peugeot is heavily backing the Children In Need campaign year and is aiming to be one of the top five to the cause, so keep an eye on your dealer for some events will be happening soon and why not along and join in the fun!

David Hooper’s website at

PEUGEOT 508 RXH HYbrid4 107g/km Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 508 RXH HYbrid4 107g/km Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 508 RXH HYbrid4 107g/km Semi-automatic 6-speed
PEUGEOT 508 RXH HYbrid4 107g/km Semi-automatic 6-speed

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