Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Peugeot 508 arrived Down Under in July 2011. The handsome looking 508 features a sleek and free-flowing design that has a sense of forward motion. The sculpted bonnet features crease lines that flow to the front of the car and emphasise the Peugeot Lion that adorns the front end. From there your eyes are diverted to the characteristic single ‘floating’ style grille that seemingly looks detached from the body. This effect is achieved by the chrome ‘look’ highlighting, which becomes less pronounced under the ‘nose’ of the bonnet to reveal the Peugeot branding. From side on the Peugeot 508 displays the same ‘flowing’ contours that are a continuation from the front end. The large alloys wheels (available in a range of designs and sizes) really complement the cars overall design. From the rear this Lion just gets better, the rear bumper features dual integrated exhaust tips while the boot features a layered design and houses the angled stream lined tail lights.
Not so good With the current market shift towards Small cars and Compact SUVs the Peugeot 508 needs every bit of its good styling to convince buyers to make the switch – I’m convinced, where do I sign?
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Inside the Peugeot 508 has modern and elegant styling that isn’t over the top. There is soft touch plastic’s on the dash that look good and feel nice under hand while the piano black plastic on the centre console give the interior a premium look. There is also chrome/alloy ‘look’ highlights throughout the cabin which is a nice touch. All grades receive sports seats as standard, the entry model Active and the top-of-the-range GT get leather seats with cloth trim while the Allure model gets full leather. The sports seats have a great level of side bolstering that is particularly handy when pushing hard through corners.
Not so good The sports seats might feel a little snug for larger drivers because the seats are fairly narrow.
Performance

Performance

Good There are four engines on offer in the 508 range. To kick start things the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol produces 115kW of power and 240Nm of torque when mated to a 6-speed automatic. This engine is available in the Active and Allure variants. Next up is the 1.6-litre e-HDi four-cylinder turbo diesel – producing 82kW of power and 270Nm of torque when mated to a 6-speed EGC semi-auto transmission. The 1.6-litre diesel is only available in the Active variant. The 2.0-litre HDi is a four-cylinder turbo diesel featuring 120kW of power and 340Nm of torque when mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine is exclusive to the Allure variant. Rounding out the engine range is a 2.2-litre HDi four-cylinder turbo diesel the pumps out 150kW of power and 450Nm of torque when mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine is exclusive to the GT variant. Our time was spent in the 2.0-litre HDi Allure variant and our findings were good! The 2.0-litre is by no means sluggish offering up 340Nm of torque. The Allure is quick off the lights and handles hilly terrain with ease even with a full car load and the air conditioning turned on. The 2.0-litre diesel is also very refined and quiet, while sitting at the lights there is minimal noise and very little vibration.
Not so good The 2.0-litre HDi and the 2.2-litre HDI don’t receive the same stop/start technology as the lower grade 1.6-litre HDi.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Peugeot 508 range comes available with two types of suspension: a new McPherson type front axle for the majority of the range, to ensure there is a blend of comfort and handling performance, as well as an aluminium dual wishbone front axle that is available on the top-of-the-range ‘GT’ version for which I imagine would stiffen the ride and improve on-road handling dynamics.
Not so good The standard suspension setup is quite balanced offering up comfort and a good level of handling performance. However, the 2.0-litre HDi engine seems a little too powerful for the standard setup and could do with the same setup as its GT sibling.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good With the range starting at $36,990 you are getting a lot of bang for your buck, there is 17-inch alloys wheels as standard, partial leather sport seats and the choice of petrol and diesel engines across three grade levels.
Not so good Peugeot has had a bad wrap in the past when it comes to resale value compared to its German counterparts? Can the 508 turn this around? Only time will tell.