Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Peugeot 508
This is second part of our Peugeot Launch review where we’ll pass a keen eye over the 2015 Peugeot 508.
The drive route took us along semi-rural roads to the town of Picton then back to Sydney with a taste of winding passes in the national park.
The Peugeot 508 comes in several variants starting with the base model turbo petrol Active at $37,990. This is followed by the turbo diesel Allure and the GT retailing for $45,990 and $58,490 respectively.
The Active is powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine with an output of 121kW/240Nm, the Allure a 2.0L diesel (120kW/340Nm) and the 2.2L diesel GT deals out 150kW and an impressive 450Nm of torque.
The Allure and GT also come in a touring model – a roomier wagon version – with the Touring Allure pricing starting from $48,990 and the Touring GT comes in at a much dearer $61,490. But we’ll have a more in-depth look at the 508 Touring models and the GT at a later date.
Design wise the 508 boasts an updated bonnet and grille, bumper and tail lamps. External styling is luxurious but a little bland from behind.
All are 6 speed automatic with sat nav, reversing camera, a 3 year/10,000km warranty and a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
On the road I spent most time in the Active and Allure which both handled well with great suspension for a smooth ride. Combined with the well weighted steering the 508 managed the long stretches of highway and with ease.
Output isn’t instant and acceleration is gradual as the turbo gets going with no harsh kick to it. Engine sound is quiet from inside the cabin and I found the petrol version seemed a bit more spirited in its performance.
From the driver’s seat the dash has European sophistication and is discreet although the centre console and the steering wheel controls are a little cluttered with a host of buttons that could be simplified. The paddle shifters could also do with improvement essentially clicking like a large button without much ‘pull’.
Also located on the dash are two pop out cup holders underneath the 7” touchscreen. Door pockets are small as is the space in the centre box armrest.
Beyond the Active, models come with features like heated front seats, keyless entry and push button start, larger alloys and retractable sun blinds on the rear doors.
For those who like four seasons in the one place there is quad zone climate control as well as electric folding mirrors and electric parking brake which is located on the right of the steering column.
The 508 range has a lot to choose from but any extra features do come at a price.
For more on Peugeot’s new models, check our other review of the 3008.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Peugeot 508
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo petrol producing 121kW and 240Nm
Or 2.0 litre turbo diesel producing 120kW and 340Nm
Or 2.2 litre turbo diesel producing 150kW and 450Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $37,990