Peugeot 508 is five-star safety winner

EuroNCAP crash tests new cars in Europe and rates them out of five stars and in the latest round of tests the Peugeot 508 saloon was awarded a top rating.

The Peugeot saloon is designed to take on the Ford Mondeo, and in terms of safety it tops its rival. In a crash situation, adult occupant and child occupant safety were rated as 90 per cent and 87 per cent respectively.

However, the car really excelled in the safety assist category, where it received a near-perfect 97 per cent score thanks to its accident-avoidance technology.

These include speed limitation assistance, electronic stability control and seatbelt reminders for the driver, passenger and rear seats.

It also includes Peugeot’s Connect SOS system, which enables calls to the emergency services in the event of an accident. The technology was awarded the prestigious EuroNCAP Advanced award in March in the first round of the scheme to honour advances in safety technology.

A EuroNCAP spokesperson said the car: "Provided a means to use a rearward-facing child restraint safely in the front passenger seat while providing clear, unambiguous information to the driver about the status of the airbag. Provision for this, along with other factors, is reflected in good child protection scores particularly for the Peugeot 508."

The new Peugeot 508 saloon is a more modern car than the 407 it replaces and boasts an interior with higher build quality and some touches of luxury as Peugeot targets the fleet market.

Designed using the new Peugeot front end and the ‘New Lion’ badge, the 508 will be the subject of estate and e-hybrid models in future – the latter applying to a small e-booster to restart the start-stop technology more efficiently.

Prices for the new, five-star rated Peugeot 508 start from £18,150 but a wide variety of specification levels are offered including Access, Active, SR, Allure and range-topping GT.