The Peugeot Sport Engineered colour scheme continues inside the car with the same lime green used on the virtual dials, as an accent colour on the touchscreen and used as a contrast stitch colour. There are even three little slashes on the bottom of the quartic-style steering wheel. This follows the Peugeot i-cockpit principle of being positioned well below the instrument binnacle so you look over rather than through it. In the 508 with its lower seating position this was easier to get used to than in the high-riding 3008 but it always felt somewhat counterintuitive and the wheel’s size means the controls stalks are hard to see, making the multifunction cruise control almost impossible to use without learning the buttons by heart.
That said, the position of the wheel, the high mounted instrument binnacle and sloped centre console do create a cockpit-like feeling for the driver with all controls angled towards one and within easy reach. The main instruments are well designed with some flashy graphics and half a dozen different modes to choose from. The central touchscreen is likewise high-mounted and swift to respond to inputs although the row of switches below the screen looks at first glance like they relate to on-screen options above them rather than being used to select high level options.
It is on the whole a well laid out and handsome interior with useful touches such as a deep bin between the front seats, a wireless phone charging spot under the centre screen and elegant looking materials, even if some of them don’t feel quite as substantial. Rear seat knee and head rooms could be better, some space has been robbed by the battery pack but the boot easily accommodated a large dog who appreciated not having to scramble inelegantly into the back of an SUV.