First Drive Peugeot 508 SA Car Fan

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First Drive: Peugeot 508

South Africa has launched the Peugeot 508 sedan, the successor to the manufacturer s 407 and 607 models. The new Peugeot 508 a new chapter for the Peugeot brand in the executive segment. Having its South African debut at the International Motor Show a few ago, we ve now had the opportunity to drive the sedan around the picturesque Route and have come impressed in a number of areas.

have designed the 508 to appeal to the among us. Classy, exciting, and with a dynamic edge, hope the 508 will draw away from their Swedish and Japanese rivals. Up the 508 features Peugeot’s new design which is characterised by a more grille that resides the leading edge of the bonnet its newly streamlined Lion

The narrow, triangular headlamps of the 508 are focal point. Halogen and headlamp washers are standard on all apart from the GT which sophisticated bi-Xenon, directional, with circular LED daytime lights, auto height and high-beam assist. The side of the 508 is enhanced by the contours of its chrome-edged while its pronounced character that runs between the and taillights, confirms the car s positive assurance.

At the rear, three red rows of have been inspired by the of a lion s claw and give the 508 a signature at night. In addition, two chrome strips compliment a which, on the GT model, houses a of chrome-tipped exhausts. Overall, the of the new 508 is far less polarising than of its 407 or 607 predecessors and results in an elegant and bejewelled-like nature.

The Peugeot 508 is in three levels of trim, Active , Allure , and GT . We sampled the and GT spec cars on launch and that regardless of spec, the 508 a premium feel above Quality materials and their tactile nature give the 508 a character. The soft-touch dashboard, steering wheel and leather (on top-spec GT model) are combined a high-gloss black laquer on the centre console and touches of on the fascia, to give the car a sophisticated An off-white headliner contrasts the black dashboard, carpets and inserts, to brighten the cabin and further credence to the car s class.

Together with low NVH levels, the 508 s fit and is also excellent, having zero squeaks, creaks or over our two days with the which validates Peugeot s tagline of, Quality Time .

and convenience features include a steering wheel; cruise-control; park distance control; an rearview mirror; as well as and USB connectivity as standard equipment the range, whilst satellite is standard on the GT and optional on the Allure. optional on the Allure and standard on the GT is a head-up display (HUD), communicates speed, navigation and control information. The display can be for position and brightness, although the HUD s mounting produced a reflection on the that took the edge off is otherwise very pleasant and driving position.

Heated seats and a massage function for the s seat, add to the GT s range-topping status.


At 4 792 mm long and with 1 456 mm between the the Peugeot 508 offers a generous of interior room for all-passengers. passengers also have to retractable sun blinds that can be on the side and rear windows. In the boot area holds and features a load-through hatch for objects. Passenger safety is by the usual Emergency Brake (EBA) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), as well as Brake Control (CBC), control, oversteer and understeer together with a hill function.

Driver and front airbags, as well as side and airbags, are standard on all 508 models.

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a kerb weight of just 1 400 kg for the Active model, the 508 is lighter expected for a car of its size. In combination the MacPherson strut-type front (12 kilograms lighter than the wishbone layout employed on the and a multi-link rear setup, the 508 is nimble and Peugeot have managed to combine a compliant with progressive body The 508 took the Outeniqua and Robinson in its stride and dispatched the combinations of sweeps and tighter switchbacks confidence and composure. Just how Peugeot are about achieving balance between handling and is evident in the GT, which uses a wishbone setup for more handling and to counter the additional added by the larger diesel The result is very predictable over bumps and during cornering.

The 508 s stopping power is also mentioning, due to the progressive and relatively character of the brakes 290 mm discs at the 304 mm at the front, replaced in favour of 340 mm up front for the GT model.

So what this lion of the motoring its prowess? Well in true fashion, it s not so much brawn as it is The line-up comprises of Peugeot’s 115 kW 1.6-litre THP petrol unit, 120 kW HDi turbodiesel engine and for the flagship GT, a new HDi engine credited with 150 kW and 450 Nm of

On paper the 1.6 THP may not sound too encouraging, but the performance is pleasantly surprising. to either a 6-speed manual or transmission, the engine responds and delivers a surprising turn of when coaxed, yet according to is also capable of returning 7.1 in the two-pedal Allure model we at launch when linked to the box this figure drops to 6.4 The ratios of the 6-speed auto potentially be better spread, almost 1 250 r/min difference the 3rd and 4th cogs, however, as things the engine is admirably quiet and

The high-power 2.2-litre diesel the biggest punch and pulls a wider rev range than the 2 000 2 750 stated on the car s data sheet. A turbocharger, with a titanium hard-coated gudgeon pins and all serve to lower inertia and within the engine, ultimately to a claimed overall consumption of just 5.7 L/100km. Top speed of the 508 GT is 232 km/h and the benchmark 0 100 km/h is dealt with in a prompt 8.2 figures that are enough to pricier rivals like the new XF 2.2D .

Peugeot have a balance of performance, practicality, sophistication and economy that sees German s Big-Three to mind. All the more impressive is the recognition by the Germans themselves of the 508 s amongst its executive saloon having been awarded the Auto Trophy title, as by over 103 000 Auto Zeitung from 400 models. Peugeot SA s challenge, however, is convincing the public that the brand s shortcomings are behind them, by their 3-year/100 000 km warranty, 000 km maintenance plan, 20 000 km service and the promise of comprehensive parts improved customer service and of the dealer network within the 12-months.

Peugeot 508 Electric Cars
Peugeot 508 Electric Cars
Peugeot 508 Electric Cars
Peugeot 508 Electric Cars
Peugeot 508 Electric Cars
Peugeot 508 Electric Cars

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