First drive: Peugeot 508

Richard Bremner

Space, refinement, interior finish, some modest weight-saving and excellent aerodynamics are what this new Peugeot family saloon and estate are about – and fuel-saving too, the most economical models scoring CO2 emissions of just 109g/km.

The company has also had a go at reinstating some of the agile cornering power for which its cars were once fabled, and the 508 also wears Peugeot's new look, its grille no longer a gurning, gaping orifice big enough to ingest medium-sized mammals whole.