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Peter Barnwell road tests and reviews the Peugeot 508 Touring 2.0 Allure.

Big expectations for this car from us and from Peugeot. It is upper-echelon in France and is a showcase of Peugeot's new design direction. We like the look and the keen local pricing and the car certainly gives nothing away to its competitors apart from the Ford Mondeo wagon which scores a dual clutch auto and is just as keenly priced from $45,990.


Big arcing roofline is a grab-you feature of the new Pug wagon as is the new face and rear end treatment. You certainly won't miss it in a crowd. And the clean exterior design carries through on the inside with an elegant dash layout with three different fascia materials and easy to use controls. It offers plenty of room for five and a large load space.

Most of the roof is sliding glass that has a retractable blind to keep out the sun. The tailgate is electrically operated and the Pug's overall dimensions are average for the medium class.


Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 120kW/340Nm output. It's the same 2.0-litre as you'll find in the 308, 3008 and RCZ and scores a Euro5 emissions rating while using a mere 5.7-litres/100km in the 508 Touring.

Drive is to the front wheels via a slick shifting six-speed auto with sequential change paddles on the steering column and sequential stick shift too.It has strong performance if a little tardy off the line. You can hear a muted engine growl at low speeds. No real complaints about the powertrain at all. Gotta love the fuel economy.


Plenty of kit for the money including Bluetooth , a multi-info screen, multi-function steering wheel (gorgeous to hold), decent audio, leather upholstery and four zone aircon to name a few goodies. Rolls on handsome 18-inch alloys with low profile rubber. Electric park brake, front and rear park assist - doesn't lack much at all.


Rates a strong five stars and comes complete with multiple air bags and stability control. Strong chassis structure capable of withstanding front side and rear collisions as well as offering a high level of pedestrian safety.


Peugeot seems to be back on the rails with its ride and handling if the 508 is anything to go by. It offers up a comfortable ride but corners flat as a biscuit with absolutely minimal body roll - impressive for a weighty wagon. You can jump on the brakes hard and it tracks true and the electric steering adapts to your driving providing accuracy and plenty of feel.

We hammered it over some fairly crappy sealed roads and the 508 simply floated over the bumps - just like the good old days at Peugeot. We took it to our favourite winding road and were surprised at how adept it was. Just needed about 240kW but that's not really a family wagon is it? Loved the drive, no complaints at all.


This is the second most expensive 508 at $45,990 but compares favourably with competitors. They got the price right this time and the car is good value with all the standard kit.


Yep, would shop it against the Mondeo but the Pug has more class than that though not quite as big. No Mazda 6 diesel wagon in auto ... Passat wagon a direct competitor. The 508 is a car you could easily live with, rarely visit the servo and chuck all the kids and your own stuff in the back.


Price: $45,990
Warranty: 3 years/100,00km
Resale: 44 per cent (407)
Service interval: 12 months/15,000km
Safety: 5-star NCAP
Engine: 2.0-litre turbodiesel, 120kW/340Nm
Body: Wagon
Weight: 1544kg
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Thirst: 5.7l/100km, diesel, CO2 150g/km.

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  • I own a Peugeot 307 2L HDi and can only say that it has been ultra reliable and frugal with fuel usage. Phuong you seem to show bias, so I presume you are speaking from experience and not hearsay? I am looking at buying a 508 and it is a tossup with the Allure sedan and wagon.

    Pops of Barossa Valley Posted on 12 September 2011 8:24pm
  • I am looking for a new wagon and was very impressed with the 508, but why is the Touring to be available only in the up spec. Allure model. I would never buy a car with leather trim, so why should I have to pay an extra $5k for leather plus all the other unwanted “boys toys” extras. Unfortunately, it will not be on my shopping list and I think that they will lose a lot of potential buyers if they are not prepared to offer the cheaper Active version.

    Larry Parkes of Melbourne Posted on 30 August 2011 1:25pm
  • I am under the impression that the Peugeot 508 series have a guaranteed standard cost for services over an extended period, so this factor should be taken into account when folks make their buying decisions for this type of vehicle.

    Walcha Wombt of Sydney Posted on 26 August 2011 1:04pm
  • And typical French car quality, so ready the wallet for regular repairs from the fuel money you save.

    phuong Posted on 25 August 2011 5:02pm
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