If you’re thinking of buying or leasing an excellent Peugeot 508 then stop now.
That’s because soon you’ll be able to order this new hybrid version which does an incredible 217mpg with CO2 emissions of just 29mpg, or 30g/km for the estate (SW).
The hybrid revolution is gaining pace at such a startling rate that surely it won’t be long before the 508’s “serene, fully-electric” (Peugeot’s words) driving range of 33 miles (32 for the SW) will seem miniscule.
For now, though, it’s brilliant news as it means people with short journeys to work, or the shops, will be able to make their trips in silence without stopping to fill up.
That is, of course, provided their journeys don’t involve any hills.
Orders will open “later this year” say Peugeot. They don’t say when first deliveries will be, or anything about prices, but depending on choice of model, available in three trim levels, Allure, GT Line or GT, expect prices to start at £30,000, rising to £45,000.
The 508, which has passed WLTP certification to confirm its phenomenal figures, combines a 180hp 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 110hp front axle mounted electric motor for a total power output of 225hp.
All models use an 11.8kWh battery, with a full recharge taking less than two hours with a 7kW on board charger (optional depending on version).
There’ll be three driving modes, Hybrid, Comfort or Sport, but using the last two seems to be an emergency choice.
By engineering of the battery pack so as not to compromise space the hybrid comes with a 487-litre boot (saloon) or 530-litres (estate).
David Peel, Managing Director of Peugeot UK, said: “Peugeot is rapidly embracing an electric future. Electrified variants will apply to all models in the range by 2023.”