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.
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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.