Rumours are circling that Holden will add a wagon to it’s next-generation imported Commodore, at this stage though it looks like the Peugeot 508 could soon be the only large car available as a wagon in Australia.
That’s pretty amazing given Australia’s previous and long-running love affair with the station wagon - think Ford Falcon, Chrysler Valiant and Holden Kingswood.
Of course, as we know all too well, SUVs are continuing to kill off wagons…oh and pretty much large passenger cars in general.
The transmission bolted to the Peugeot 508’s HDi engine is a six-speed automatic.
On the road the Peugeot gets along respectably well, especially when you hit the button for sports mode.
What shouldn’t come as a surprise to you is that the diesel engine works best at higher revs and higher speeds, thus the big Peugeot is more at home on the highway than in city traffic.
It handles the hustle and bustle quite well though, especially from a fuel economy perspective.
You can expect to use only about 6.0L/100km in the city.
Perhaps one of the best bits of the Peugeot 508 GT, and it’s something I have noticed in other recent Peugeot models, is the chassis.
It feels really tight and well-built and that helps give the Peugeot a really nice feel on the roads.
Couple this with surprisingly good handling and a comfortable ride and there’s plenty to like about the Peugeot.
The steering, perhaps tuned to meet the rather sporty feel of the 508, is a little heavier than you might expect.
From the driver’s seat you really have to keep your wits about you though in regards to visibility.
The roof pillars are enormous and that means some visibility restrictions to the front (driver’s side 3/4 vision in particular), side (check out the B-pillar below) and the rear (the 508 wagon has a rather small tail-gate window.
With back-seat up there is plenty of cargo space, seat down and you can certainly haul some pretty long and sizeable items.
And you also get a rear cargo net and a couple of handy storage boxes in the rear.
Unfortunately cabin storage further towards the front of the Peugeot aren’t as generously sized.
The glovebox, centre console box and door pockets are anything but enormous.
Rear legroom is also disappointing and despite the 508’s generous external proportions, this doesn’t seem to translate to any overly large back seat.
Features like an auto tail-gate, push-button ignition, sat-nav, heated front seats and a panoramic sunroof (that doesn’t open) are welcome.
The Peugeot 508 GT misses out on digital radio.
While the driver instrument panel offers both good and bad elements. The good bits being the large and clear speedometer, tachometer and driver info screen (with digital speedo).
However the three gauges for water temp, oil temp and fuel are a bit busy and hard to read - these require more than a glance to take in the info as two needles go one way, the third rotates the other way.
Despite having a quality feel throughout, you could make the argument that the Peugeot 508 cabin is looking a bit dated (it really hasn’t changed inside since I last drove the 508 GT back in 2012).
The only options box you can tick on the 2017 Peugeot 508 GT is for metallic paint - $990. Pearl White paint is an extra $1440.
No, it isn’t perfect, however it is a like-able and competent option for large wagon buyers.
The best bits include the drive experience, engine and rear cargo space.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Peugeot 508 GT
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-diesel producing 133kW and 400Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Price: from $60,790