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Peugeot s new 508 SW — the lion again

The 508 sports more lines than the awkward Photos supplied

Peugeot is its form with a long-legged wagon that has ample and plenty of driver appeal. Thomson reports in after a behind the wheel of the new 508 SW.

Who remembers the when Peugeot’s relevant was an inevitable choice on the shortlist of considering a mid-range European I certainly do, with a special for a near-new Peugeot 405 wagon was my car for most of 1989.

Its glaring — a tendency to creak and when driven over but the smoothest of surfaces, and a heater fan would occasionally turn on to full power for no apparent — were easily because it had an immense cargo and was a super car to drive over any road.

My, how things have changed: build quality has improved in and bounds, but all too often at the expense of the feel and agility that was a company hallmark.

The end result? The lion’s cars have better appointed and finished ever before, but with appeal diminished to such an that a marque that was the top-selling European brand in our market has slipped to No 5.

There been encouraging signs of that Peugeot is rediscovering its both through niche like the RCZ coupe, and more machines like the current 308

One size up, the 407 has recently been by the 508 which, as tested here in guise, is a direct successor to my own 405 of so many years ago.

Opt for the (SW in current Peugeot parlance), and straight away find a combination of 120kW/340Nm diesel and six-speed automatic transmission is the drive train choice, and you will pay a $3000 price over the equivalent sedan.

That gives the SW a $57,990 tag that is suitably competitive in a segment where more alternatives from Volkswagen, and Volvo are the 508’s most rivals.

Pushing beyond the barrier brings some expectations.

The 508 SW obliges with trim, front power quad-zone climate control, a panorama sunroof, rear blinds, a premium eight-speaker system, a power-operated tailgate, entry and starting, and full USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Rain-sensing auto bi-xenon self-dipping headlights, front and rear sensors, cruise control, an handbrake and 18-inch alloys feature on the standard bill of while six airbags and full stability programming help the 508 SW to the

five-star Euro NCAP test rating.

Those who found the outgoing 407 a tad in its styling will be encouraged by the cohesive lines of the 508.

in wagon guise it looks better and more firmly on the road (as it should, given it is longer and wider than the it replaces).

Smart 18-inch and a metallic finish to the roof and wing mirrors add stylish

Though out-spaced by Skoda’s Superb, the 508 SW’s interior is roomy and well-finished.

Boot measures up at 560 litres (extendable to 1600 litres with the seats down), and the power-operated is a welcome standard feature.

The compartment is spacious too, those in the back particularly for leg and head room.

Up front, the 508 well for the layout, feel and of its key controls and instruments.

So long as you don’t want to sit low, the driving position is good too, though the length and relatively small window compromise rear

The 508 SW’s dynamic character is defined by its 120kW/340Nm 2-litre motor, and the manner in which it with the standard six-speed transmission to deliver power to the wheels.

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Round-town performance is and effortless, with strong from low revs, unobtrusive and a cosseting ride.

As one would of any mid-sized European diesel, the 508 SW has been well configured for open-road motoring: the test car the highway shift in its stride, excellent aural refinement, in-gear acceleration for confident and a comfortable,

absorbent ride.

is excellent, though Drivesouth not match the car’s outstanding combined-cycle economy figure on

This was partly due to a determination to out a few demanding twists and turns and see how the 508 SW could come to recapturing the sparkle of the 405 wagon of old.

Truth be known, this at a memorable back-road blast was the one of the test on which the 508 SW did not seem at home.

This, in part, is due to the size, allied to a chassis has been tuned to give understeer precedence over sharpness.

The car’s electrically-assisted steering also lacks a for feel.

Its brakes, on the other are strong and, and even it starts scrubbing into understeer, the 508 SW never suggests it is for grip.

A true driver’s car also be expected to make a fist of its gearshifts during driving, although the 508 SW offers its manual paddle shifts as a convincing excuse for an effective approach.

All this leads to the that while the 508 SW lacks the sharpness of the 405 of old, it is in all other a superior machine when by the standards of its class and time.

That is great news for as it moves ahead to recapture glories with a fresh and improved model range.

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