I was fortunate enough to have the keys to the brand new Peugeot 508 Allure wagon last week and I must say I was generally very impressed.
The Peugeot 508 Touring is the flagship model in the Peugeot line-up, if you haven’t caught one in the flesh I would say it’s probably very similar in size to perhaps a Ford Mondeo.
The mid-spec Allure model which will set you back about $46,000.
The best place to start with this vehicle is on the outside where I was just really impressed with the styling, it’s got a lovely rounded nose, and smooth lines, in fact I think it’s one of the best looking wagons getting around.
Under the bonnet in the 508 range there are plenty of different engines on offer – there’s a 1.6 litre turbo diesel (which uses a combined 4.4 litres per 100!!), 1.6 litre turbo petrol, 2.0 litre turbo diesel, and 2.2 litre turbo diesel.
My test car was fitted with the 2.0 litre turbo diesel which produces 120kW and 340Nm and uses a combined 5.7 litres per 100.
Once again here is an engine that gives you a very exciting amount of get-up-and-go yet is extremely frugal – turbo diesel is the way to go!
The riding and handling is very sharp in the Peugeot 508 Touring and the steering is superb.
Once again there’s the trade-off regarding low profile tyres and ride comfort - the 508 Allure is fitted with 18 inch alloys and 45 series low profile tires.
Low profile tyres look great and help cornering but contribute to an at times pretty harsh ride on Australia’s poor quality roads.
Inside the Peugeot 508 Touring is where the most brownie points are handed out.
Firstly the vehicle is extremely quiet, road and engine noise is at an absolute minimum and that helps the vehicle really feel like a premium European wagon.
The heated front leather seats are very nice, I was pleased to see that the passenger’s seat is electronically adjusted – a feature that’s often overlooked.
Rear seat passengers also get their own separate climate control adjustment panel which is a nice touch.
If it’s hot the rear passengers can also put up nicely designed window shades which roll out from the top of the door.
There’s plenty of leg room front and back in the Peugeot 508 Touring and the rear cargo area in the wagon is also quite generous.
Peugeot have used quality materials throughout and overall I was very impressed with the feel of the cabin.
A couple of small complaints however, firstly the console area really gives you no storage space.
Most cars give you a small space to store your phone, keys or other odds and ends but in the 508 all you really get is a small storage area under the centre arm rest.
Just on storage the glove box is also a touch on the small side and in fact won’t accommodate the owner’s manual meaning it has to be stored in the passengers’ door storage area essentially taking up that whole space.
Also while the 508’s gauges are absolute works of art, the speedometer is located slightly to the right of the drivers instrument cluster and that means the steering wheel does obscure the right hand side of the gauge.
The visibility of the tachometer, which you’re probably much less likely to glance at regularly is completely un-obscured!
Finally I was a little surprised as well that satellite navigation isn’t standard on the 508 Allure, cars that cost $46,000 probably should have it as standard; if you want it in your 508 you have to come up with another $2200.
There was also no reversing camera.
Summing up the Peugeot 508 Touring – it’s a car that’s just lovely to drive, great on fuel, comfortable and classy inside and great to look at.
If you’re looking for a premium wagon and have about $50,000 to spend I think you could be on a winner!
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol producing 115kW and 240Nm or 2.2 litre diesel developing 150kW and 450Nm
Transmission: Six-speed auto
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $36,990