I know that’s like comparing apples to oranges, but let’s take a step back and consider this for a sec.
First off, both had rather poor predecessors. I know 407 fans, hear me out here, but objectively, the 407 was not that great compared to, say, the contemporary Mondeo and Passat. Likewise, I think we can all agree that the third gen Chrysler Sebring was total and utter unadulterated shit. Both the 407 and Sebring also attracted the uninformed, often elderly crowd who didn’t know or care that better options existed and drove these shitboxes accordingly.
Second off, the new 508 and 200 represent somewhat of a new beginning for brands which were ailing in the mid to late 2000s. For Peugeot, the 508 was one of the first cars under its new philosophy of cars which aren’t completely awful. For Chrysler, the second 200 (the first is lumped with the Sebring) marked one of their first collaborations with the Italians.
Moreover, these two new sedans follow a similar design language just as the 407 and Sebring did. Instead of upwards sloping truncated rear ends, these are both cars with strong shoulder lines (a la Volvo) which run the full length of the side with reasonably tapered and handsome rear ends that are almost fastback-esque.
Unfortunately, although both sought to return their respective marques back to competitiveness, the cars individually have failed to make it far beyond their home markets and are also commonly used as rental fodder.
That said, the 508 seems to have had more success than the new 200, having had a production run from 2011 to now with enough interest to merit a mid-cycle refresh, whereas the Chrysler has only incited the anger of Marchionne and been cut short after just two years.
What do you think, Oppo? Is the 508 really France’s 200 or is one better than the other? Does the 508 have all the factory issues and complaints that the 200 does? I know that I, for one, wouldn’t kick a new 508 estate out of bed if it came to me ;)