Can a 508 tow a caravan? (a review)

In this article, we will answer the following question: Can a 508 tow caravan? We will write a short review about Peugeot 508, starting from how it looks to how it feels while driving. 

Can a 508 tow a caravan?

A Peugeot 508 is capable of towing a caravan and it is very stable on the road even with a load of 1800 kg. The 508 comes with a lot of comforts and state-of-the-art technology. Like the old Renault Vel Satis, this car is designed for comfort and long roads. 

If you want something different from the Mondeos, Passats and A4s, then you can go for a light 508. It really is a decent car in terms of reliability, especially for towing a caravan. 

Peugeot 508 Towing Capacity

Car model & specsMaximum Towing Capacity (braked)
Peugeot 508 DIESEL SALOON 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active 4dr1,475 kg
Peugeot 508 DIESEL SALOON 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active 4dr Auto1,175 kg
Peugeot 508 DIESEL SALOON 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Active 4dr1,875 kg
Peugeot 508 DIESEL SALOON 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT 4dr Auto1,575 kg
Peugeot 508 RXH DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 BlueHDi 5dr Auto1,475 kg
Peugeot 508 RXH DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 BlueHDi Hybrid4 5dr EGC1,100 kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 1.6 BlueHDi (120bhp) Active 5d1375kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 1.6 BlueHDi (120bhp) Active 5d Auto1075kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 1.6 e-HDi (112bhp) Access 5d EGC1400kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 1.6 e-HDi 115bhp Active (Sat Nav) 5d1375kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 1.6 HDi (112bhp) Active 5d1400kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 1.6 THP (156bhp) Active (Sat Nav) 5d1800kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 1.6 VTi (120bhp) Access 5d EGC1600kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 2.0 BlueHDi (180bhp) GT 5d Auto1475kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 2.0 HDi (140bhp) Active (Sat Nav) 5d1790kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 2.0 HDi (163bhp) Active (09/11-) 5d1300kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 2.0 HDi (163bhp) Allure 5d1790kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 2.2 HDi (200bhp) GT 5d Auto1900kg
Peugeot 508 SW (2011 onwards) 2.2 HDi GT 5d Auto1875kg
Peugeot 508 SW DIESEL ESTATE 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active 5dr1,375 kg
Peugeot 508 SW DIESEL ESTATE 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active 5dr Auto1,075 kg
Peugeot 508 SW DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Allure 5dr1,775 kg
Peugeot 508 SW DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 BlueHDi 150 GT Line 5dr1,775 kg
Peugeot 508 SW DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT 5dr Auto1,475 kg

Peugeot 508: A review

The Peugeot 508 was presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and has since become one of those cars that turns your head. With more aggressive styling, sharp lines and an unmistakable silhouette inspired by coupe bodies, the 508 is a much sexier saloon than before.n addition, the Peugeot 508 also receives a much more modern interior, the i-Cockpit of the lion brand, and with a lot of technology.

Although the SUV segment is hitting very hard in recent years, the European market remains largely loyal to saloons. To satisfy those customers related to the D segment, Peugeot has continued to rely on its own path to create a 508 that aims to make a place among the premium brands that dominate this market.

Thus, the new Peugeot 508 stands out for a tougher exterior design that combines strong nerves throughout the body with a subtle drop at the rear. The roof slopes continuously down to the bevelled boot lid, giving the profile a strength unknown to the French brand to date.

The proportions make the car sit very well on the road with a height of 1,403 mm by 4,705 mm long and 1,859 mm wide. It is lower than an Audi A4 (1,427mm) or a BMW 3 Series (1,435mm), and it is also wider (+17 and +32mm respectively) although slightly shorter than both.

This imposing car feel is reinforced above all by a front in which horizontal lines rule the grille and are extended by the headlights, a very muscular hood and lateral edges marked by the knife cuts of the vertical LED lighting. The same thing happens behind the back with numerous horizontal parallel lines and some LED optical groups masked in a black strip that joins them.

Due to its lines, its size and its design, complemented by large 19-inch wheels with a two-colour finish, in addition to its LED lighting, make the Peugeot 508 a striking car that arouses furtive glances.

Looking back, Peugeot winked by placing the 508 emblem on the front end of the bonnet, a location used by the 1968 Peugeot 504 and its Coupé version, while the lion is located in the centre of the grille with a three-dimensional effect.

Peugeot 508: the i-Cockpit

We can get inside a Peugeot 508 without taking the remote out of our pocket thanks to the keyless opening and start and we dive into the i-Cockpit adapted to the French saloon. We already knew this design language in other products of the French brand such as the 3008 and its older brother the 5008, and this time it is again materialized in an excellent way.

The truth is that by design you may like it or not like it, after all, that is a subjective matter, but the truth is that Peugeot has risked and has shown itself with a well-finished, different, fresh interior with a very modern air, in addition to successfully combining the materials and their shapes in an arrangement that follows the horizontal line of the exterior.

The perception is that of being in a car that is more than a generalist, and that is that inside Peugeot knows that it must make an effort if it wants to scratch customers from the trio of German premium brands. 

The materials are pleasant to the touch and we only find textured hard plastic in the lower part of the doors and in some specific moulding of the centre console, the rest is padded or is in this version similar to wood. 

Behind the steering wheel of the 508, the driving position is already characteristic of Peugeot, with a very small, almost octagonal steering wheel located in a low position and the instrumentation placed above it. The control panel is completely digital with a 12.3-inch screen that shows the same menus, animations and graphics used in the rest of the models that equip it.

It must be acknowledged that the Peugeot 508 is well distributed. In the front seats, there is a lot of longitudinal space and the seats with electrical adjustment (and massage and heating) help to find the ideal position. We will only feel a little less of a sense of spaciousness for a centre console that in our opinion is too wide and high.

Moving to the rear seats there is more than enough room for the legs. Four adults can travel comfortably without feeling oppressed, although when it comes to height, it would be possible to have a little more space because for a height of 170 cm the ceiling is already starting to be quite close.

The i-Cockpit works in visual and qualitative terms with a large 10-inch touch screen (8 inches in the lower finishes) with a piano-style keyboard at its lower end that takes us to the main menu functions. Beneath them is a second row of buttons for other functions.

Final thoughts

The boot capacity is 487 litres, 7 litres more than in an Audi A4 and in the BMW 3 Series (480 litres both), but unlike its competitors, the Peugeot 508 has a full hatch (it is a five-door), which that slightly improves its practicality and loading and unloading operations. The automatic opening is standard, but ‘kick opening’ (no hands) is optional.

Do you dare to take your Peugeot 508 on the road? If you’d like to share your opinion or if you have any questions, please let us know.

FAQ on Can a 508 tow a caravan?

What is the maximum weight caravan I can tow?

The maximum weight caravan you can tow will depend on the weight of the towing vehicle. However, the general rule is that the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle should not exceed 3,500kg.

Is there an age limit for towing a caravan?

There is no age limit for towing a caravan, as long as you have a full driving licence. Please check the law for more information, depending on the state you reside in. 

Can I tow a caravan heavier than my car?

It is not recommended to tow a caravan heavier than your car. This could impose a great danger, especially if you don’t have too much towing experience. The general rule is that the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle should not exceed 3,500kg.

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