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2011 Peugeot 508 Review Drive

by Brad Leach 18/07/11

Watch out Volkswagen and Ford Mondeo, the Peugeot 508 has bristling with glorious style, excellent turbo-diesel and engines and boasting ultra-competitive

In fact, starting at $36,990 and $42,490 (wagon), the all-new 508 is quite a buy as it comes with standard equipment, including seats across the range.

the launch of the 508, Peugeot is a concerted effort to increase its of the fleet/leasing market. The French rightly says its new mid/large has all the required credentials to appeal to the fleet buyer looking for style.

Peugeot 508 Overview

size matter? Good because the all-new Peugeot 508 like the rival Skoda — is considered a ‘large by Australia’s Federal Chamber of Industries. That’s a tad confusing neither squares-up against the Caprice.

But like the Superb, and Mondeo the all-new Peugeot 508 is a mid-sizer with family-friendly dimensions and impressive luggage

Peugeot 508 looks fantastic, chapter in Peugeot’s styling with interiors to match. the range, equipment levels are high and leave some of the rivals looking a tad austere.

comes from three engines 1.6-litre petrol 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesel. All through six-speed automatic

The full range is:

Peugeot 508

Active 1.6-litre petrol

GT 2.2-litre HDi $52,990

Peugeot 508

Allure 1.6-litre petrol

Allure 2.0-litre HDi $45,990

508 Engine

Peugeot 508 is being with a choice of turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol, 2.0-litre and diesels all of which are Euro5 for emissions. Down the track, the 508 introduce Peugeot’s fuel-sipping e-HDI diesel and remarkable diesel-hybrid (diesel engine the front wheels and an electric drives the rears).

The 1.6-litre engine employs stoichiometric fuel injection and a twin-scroll for handy performance and optimum consumption. Maximum power is at 5800rpm and peak torque of arrives from 1400rpm.

marginally shy of Volkswagen Passat’s 1.8-litre TSI engine, the Peugeot 508 ahead in fuel consumption to 7.2l/100kms).

Peugeot’s 2.0-litre HDI turbo-diesel is used in the 308, 3008 and Maximum power is 120kW at and peak torque of 340Nm at 2000rpm while fuel is rated at 5.7l/100kms.

Those are identical to Ford’s 2.0-litre as fitted to the Mondeo although the Peugeot 508 is on top for fuel consumption the Mondeo’s best 5.9l/100kms.

2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel is from the same family as V6 turbo-diesel now fitted to the Territory. In the 508 this high-tech European runs piezo-electric fuel and a lightweight titanium turbocharger.

outputs for the engine which the alluring Peugeot 508 GT are 150kW at and 450Nm at 2000rpm. Fuel is rated at 5.7l/100kms.

Peugeot 508 The

Open the door of the Peugeot 508 and to a world of surprisingly high and luxury in fact we’d say the 508 has the new benchmark interior for this

While Active, Allure and GT offer different trims, the dashboard style, high-grade dashboard display and nice, leather-wrapped steering wheel adjustable for rake and reach) are The colour screen with information is very well

Front seats deliver support (Active and GT with trim and Allure with leather GT has Nappa leather as an Rear seats too are nicely and supportive with legroom on a par others in the segment.


Audio is an 8-speaker CD system with and USB connectivity. Satellite navigation is

Peugeot 508 Exterior Styling

count and the Peugeot 508 scores undoubtedly one of the style leaders in league (particularly the wagon).

The features a smaller grille recent Peugeot designs, the bonnet-mounted ‘Lion’ emblem and headlights (Halogen or directional

Peugeot takes great in the full-length recessed waistline gives the 508 a muscular stance.

sedan and wagon versions of the 508 are very elegant, the sedan with stylish three-row LED lights.

Peugeot 508 On The Road

To introduce the 508 to the media, Peugeot sent us off in grade wagons and sedans and GT sedans (all diesel-powered) a selection of roads from Airport through Healesville, and the Yarra Valley. Typical of in winter, the weather turned with persistent heavy and plummeting temperatures as low as 15 degrees in the mountains.

Crank-up the four-zone control air-conditioning and standard warmers in our Peugeot 508s.

the best of the mountain roads to Car Showroom was fortunately strapped a Peugeot 508 GT. The combination of Peugeot’s 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, the GT’s double wishbone front and grippy Michelin rubber was a all-round package even in challenging conditions.

Chassis was excellent, feedback, even in the of the slippery stuff, was top-notch and we liked the supportive drivers’ with large side

We came down the mountain in a 508 Allure wagon and while the strut front is naturally not as engaging for performance drivers as the multi-link set-up, it’s a slick combination. Performance of the HDI engine was handy and comfort/refinement got scores.

Same for our trip out of town in the 508 Allure sedan.

If you’ve Volkswagen Passat and Ford you will be impressed by the cohesive, driving dynamics and feel of the 508 firmish suspension, rapid and turbo-diesel and high standard comfort.

Peugeot 508 Challenges

has fired into a crowded segment with a fine in the all-new Peugeot 508. you consider it styling, performance, value-for-money — the Peugoet 508 its rivals comfortably.

A shame the doesn’t include a GT wagon that would be our car!

508 Verdict

They’re a clever at Peugeot and for many years sedans have been forte so surprise really and specifications for the all-new Peugeot 508 are And given the recent history of Peugeots well, it’s no either the 508 is such a looker.

For in this segment there’s an of great imported vehicles now with the local models so are important. Compared to any of those rivals, the all-new Peugeot 508 has no

Contemporary European style Sharp prices yes. interior yes. Competent dynamics yes.

So if you’re amongst mid/large sedans/wagons the stylish French Peugeot 508 as a Test Drive’.

Peugeot 508 The

From the Volkswagen brands, and (Skoda Superb), Ford’s and the Renault Latitude (sedan loom as the vehicles most as Peugeot 508 rivals. All bring credentials in what has become a desirable segment.

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