The 508 RXH is a stylish and impressive car that is not only good to drive but also has a lot of comfort for a family car to impress. Indeed, the RXH does compete effectively with its rivals especially when the equipment list is compared and its performance on the road is one to admire. The 508 RXH makes for a great choice of car for anyone not wanting a run of the mill vehicle but opt for one that stands out from the norm in the sector.
As usual with Peugeot there's an excellent choice of engines to choose from including the impressive Hybrid4 which will return around 79 mpg on the combined fuel cycle while having CO2 emissions of just 95g/km which makes this engine, under current rules, exempt from road tax. These are great figures for a car in the family saloon sector and to underline Peugeot's commitment to producing great engines there's even an excellent 1.6 litre eHDI unit that will return 64 mpg and which also has CO2 emissions of 95g/km. Both of these engines come with an automatic gearbox, and with the manual version the consumption figures fall slightly and the CO2 emissions increase by a little too. Get inside the RXH and the design is quite impressive and interior very comfortable. The suspension is quite firm to help give it a sporty performance which means that some large potholes will be felt in the cabin.
However, the designers have made the RXH much more comfortable than other cars in this sector and it's a very smooth drive all-round. It's also very quiet thanks to the high levels of insulation so there's very little road noise heard in the cabin. This helps to make it a very comfortable car to drive, particularly on long journeys and the engines and suspension make for a great and enjoyable drive on winding country roads. It comes into its own, however, on motorways and is a great performer. There are plenty of cubby holes on board and the boot size measures 473 litres though it is smaller in the hybrid version is because of the batteries in the boot. The RXH certainly feels like it has been well bolted together and with plenty of grip there's some very good handling to make this a great drive.
The RXH is safe to drive having scored full marks in the Euro NCAP crash tests and there's a variety of safety systems on board including the firm's SOS system that will call the emergency services in the event of an accident. As usual with Peugeot, there is an excellent list of standard equipment on the RXH, though the entry level model is sparse in comparison to its higher spec siblings, but they all come with air con and daytime running lights. Other models also get cruise control, satnav and alloy wheels and the top range models get heated seats, rear parking sensors and keyless start. Opt for the GT version and in addition to the sports suspension there's also a heads-up display where the car’s vital information is displayed on to the windscreen, leather upholstery and xenon headlights. Essentially, the RXH is a great choice of family car for anyone wanting something different with lots of equipment, a good level of build quality that will bring high levels of performance to impress.
Why not have a look at the new RXH on the official UK company web site and get the latest news about the RXH in the UK at The RXH owners' club and forum site. You may also like to see what they're saying about the new RXH on the Top Gear web site.
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