Here it is – the Peugeot 508 vs Volvo S60 battle. The Swedish car and its French competitor both offer stylish and high tech driving experiences to satisfy the urban driver. But let’s break down the features of each to see which car is the superior model.
The Peugeot 508 Fastback is truly a stunning French car, which goes without saying – Peugeot Sport knows what they’re doing. The new model has an extremely sleek exterior design from all angles. A combination of classic elegance and modern sporty design, it is bound to turn heads.
The body of the car sits low to the ground, and features two-tone 18-inch ‘Sperone’ alloy wheels. The iconic three claw rear lights provide the car with an assertive feline appearance, which is distinctively Peugeot.
The 508’s interior boasts a stylish cabin, with quilted leather seats and trim, soft touch plastics and sleek screens. The iCockpit area features a low float steering wheel, raised console and a 9.7 inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The s60 also offers a sleek and modern design that is bound to stand out on the road. It is a slightly more ‘muscly’ design and features larger 19-inch wheels. It is substantially weightier than the Peugeot, sitting at 1802kg in comparison to the Peugeot’s 1430kg.
The S60 features a luxe interior, with premium soft leather featured on the seats and steering wheel. It has a 9 inch vertical tablet-style display which much like the Peugeot has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Both cars are incredibly impressive when it comes to design, both exterior and interior-wise. The Volvo is a little heavier looking, with the Peugeot offering a slightly sleeker silhouette.
It is important to note that both cars’ have made a good portion of their instrument cluster touchscreen. This includes climate control, which can be a sticking point for many – many of us prefer an old fashioned dial control for ease of use. This just takes a bit of getting used to.
Fuel economy and engine power
The Peugeot is considered a fuel-efficient vehicle, using approximately 6.3 litres of fuel per 100km. Its lightweight body aids with its fuel efficiency, as there is less strain on the engine. Additionally, the model’s automatic transmission saves on fuel consumption.
The max power of the Peugeot is 165kw at 5500 rpm. It can reach a 100km speed in 8.1 seconds.
The Volvo S60 is an all-wheel drive and uses slightly more fuel than the Peugeot, at approximately 6.6 litres per 100km driven. This is a fairly minor difference, but may be slightly more costly in the long run.
On the other hand, despite using more fuel, the Volvo is a more powerful car with its 8-speed auto. Its max power sits at 187kw, 5500rpm and can reach 100km speed in only 6.4 seconds. The body of the car is heavier, 372kg heavier than the Peugeot.
If fuel economy is important to you, the Peugeot wins over the Volvo in this regard. It is also far more lightweight, perfect for city and suburban driving. The Volvo is weightier, a little faster due to the all-wheel drive system, and more powerful. The Peugeot offers zippy and efficient urban driving, whereas the Volvo may suit you better on the open road.
Technology and special features
When you’re talking about all things tech, Peugeot Sport usually comes through on top. The 508 fuses polished interior design with the latest cutting edge technologies to provide you with a driving experience like no other. The driver and passenger seats feature a multi-point massage function, and seat heating in the base and lower back rest. This provides you with the ultimate comfort on your commute.
The HD 9.7 inch touchscreen features app replication on the screen when pairing your mobile device, and there is wireless charging in the centre console.
In addition, the car’s stereo is a focal 10 speaker system, providing the latest in acoustic technologies giving you crisp and powerful sound.
Much like the Peugeot, the Volvo s60 also has wireless centre console charging and phone app screen replication. The Volvo’s 9 inch tablet style screen is positioned vertically in the car, designed to keep your eyes up while driving.
The Volvo can be customised to also have heated massage seats. It also has voice recognition technology which can operate climate control, navigation, entertainment and your smartphone.
It is reasonable to say that both models are equipped with impressive cutting edge technology. Many of the special features mentioned are duplicated in each car. It is more a matter of personal preference when it comes to deciding on which interior layout you prefer, and which technological features are most important to you.
As mentioned, with both cars many of the controls such as climate control are streamlined to be touchscreen activated only. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just takes some getting used to.
The Peugeot 508 has a five star safety rating based on ANCAP crash tests. It is fitted with six airbags on the front and rear seats; standard dual frontal, side chest and side head. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.
In 2019 or later models, there is adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and an advanced speed assistance system. There is also traffic sign recognition and active cruise control which allows you to set your position within a lane.
The S60 is fitted with the standard airbag system much like the Peugeot throughout the front and rear seats, and also received a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Additionally, it has adaptive cruise control, an auto brake system, oncoming collision mitigation, steering support, a large animal detection and evasion system, and a blind spot system which can detect oncoming vehicles from up to 70m from behind.
Both of these cars are five star when it comes to their safety. The Volvo is fitted with slightly more additional safety features which may be a priority for you, especially if you do a lot of open road driving. However, rest assured you will have the peace of mind that with each car, you are protected by layers of safety features to mitigate risk on the road.
Value for money
The price of the 508 starts from $53,990. For a mid-size five seater, it is priced competitively in relation to other European sedans and wagons of a similar size.
The Volvo starts at $54,990, only slightly more costly than the Peugeot. It is important to note that the Volvo does dramatically go up in price (up to $85,990) depending on which model variant (such as the Volvo S60 Polestar or Volvo S60 T8) and added features and customisations you opt for.
Pricing wise, there isn’t much between the Peugeot and the Volvo if you opt for the entry level model. Costs increase depending on which model and added features you opt for. The Peugeot does give you bang for your buck for the standard model, with plenty of luxury features already included which provide a premium driving experience.
Here at Peugeot Perth, we are partial towards the stylish 508 Fastback for both its sleek design, fuel efficiency and smooth driver handling. What can we say, French cars tick a lot of boxes. But we have to admit that both cars put up a great fight.
If you want to see for yourself how the Peugeot 508 Fastback goes, come down to Perth City Peugeot to test drive it today.