The 508 RXH Hybrid4 is a car with green issues on its mind. It sports the same advanced Hybrid4 system to give you four drive settings EV, Hybrid, Sport and 4WD that aim to let you make the most of any environment and keep polar bears alive.
Peugeot 508 RXH: Tech
The 508 RXH might look different and far more desirable on the outside but on the inside it carries almost exactly the same tech smarts as the 3008, with a solid selection of built-in gadgets to improve the driving experience and keep passengers entertained.
However, by Peugeot’s own admission there have been complications with iPods, iPhones and some Android phones meaning this isn’t always guaranteed and successful syncing can vary from iPhone to iPhone.
If you do fail to sync wirelessly there are USB connections conveniently located in the central arm rest, plus there’s a handy SD card slot for loading up your own media.
When it comes to making calls, it’s stupidly easy to sync your smartphone’s contact list, also via Bluetooth, and navigating your full phone address book on the 7-inch 16:9 multi media display was easy and intuitive.
Controls on the steering wheel column make it simple to select and dial a number, while the hands-free system delivers clear, crisp sound through the car’s speakers.
Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid4: Satnav
The built-in sat nav system works well. The menu system is navigated using a dial at the foot of the central column. Entering a destination is straight forward enough while stationery but once you’re on the move, postcode entry can be a bit fiddly as you scroll through the alphabet. However this isn’t a problem unique to the Peugeot’s system.
Drivers get further help from the park assist technology which is starting to become a regular feature on new cars. Sensors determine whether the vacant space is large enough and also gives guidance on how difficult the manoeuvre is likely to be. T
his combines with front and rear distance sensors to help you avoid any nasty knocks.
Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid4: Specs
• 7” colour 16:9 central display
Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid4: Performance
Like all hybrids, the electric motor takes care of the car at low speeds, starting off and when decelerating while the petrol – or in this case diesel – engine kicks in for high speeds on main roads and motorways.
The Zero Emission Vehicle Mode (ZEV) uses 100 per cent electric for dashing about the city without spitting out nasties in the air; Auto lets the car’s clever system make the decision between the HDi diesel engine and the electric motor for maximum efficiency.
Sport gives the drivers’ driver the option for more efficient frequent gear changes at higher speeds; Finally 4WD mode makes the electric motor drive the rear wheels while the diesel does the work up front to give more traction.
The Peugeot 508 RXH carries a 2.0 litre engine that produces an output of 220 break horsepower, 212 lb/ft of torque (diesel) and does 0-62 mph in just 9.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 132mph. All that will give you a claimed, combined 69 miles per gallon.
Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid4: Verdict
Overall the Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid4 sports a good range of in-car tools that are largely easy. The wi-fi, built-in sat nav and heads-up display are the highlights and while this isn’t necessarily breaking any new boundaries in car tech, it’s got pretty much everything you need for a comfortable driving experience.
Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid4 Price: £33,695
Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid4 Availability: Available now
Peugeot 508 RXH Review: Hands on
Peugeot 508 RXH Review: Hands onT3
The Peugeot 508 RXH diesel hybrid tops the 508 range and claims to be a ‘thoroughbread hybrid’ built to take on any route with ease
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