ON TEST WITH
Peugeot 508 GT Line Blue HDi 130 EAT8
Price: From £29,895 OTR (excluding options).
This month’s road test puts me in the driving seat of the new Peugeot 508.
First off, the 508 is a great looking car with some wonderful swooping lines flanking its sides. Plus, in its current blue/black paint, it reminds me so much of KITT, the black Pontiac Trans Am from the 80s television show Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff, which, of course, makes it a good spot for Peugeot.
All that’s missing is the swooping red LEDs just under the bonnet edge.
For a while now, my own perception of Peugeot has grown massively and I’m beginning to see more interesting designs coming forward plus more innovation. I just hope this is the tip of the iceberg from Peugeot and I’m now excited to see what more there is to come in the future.
Power and Efficiency: The 508 I had on test was powered by a 1499cc, four-cylinder diesel engine with 130HP on tap, which also boasts a very respectable top speed of 129mph, plus a 0-62 time of 10 seconds. Fuel consumption is also very good with a combined figure of around 51.4 mpg.
A big plus point is also the brilliant EAT8 (Efficient Automatic Transmission) eight-speed gearbox which does a proper job of changing up and down the gears. Also, for a 1.5-litre engine it’s quite refined.
On the road: A great chassis, along with a suspension set up you know has taken Peugeot many hours of testing to get just right. The steering is also direct and the grip levels are good. Peugeot has done a pretty good job of getting the whole package to work together and it performs very well on the open road.
On the motorway the 508 feels like a Grand Tourer. I did over 300 miles and still felt relaxed and composed.
Interior & Technology: The interior is a good standard with lots of chrome fittings and clear displays along with a decent amount of standard equipment such as: cruise control with speed limiter, tyre pressure monitor, ABS, EBD, EBA, ESP, Peugeot i-Cockpit, dual zone air conditioning, RDS radio, FOCAL premium hi-fi speakers, connected 3D navigation, LED headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, 18-inch diamond cut Hirone alloy wheels. Plus, GTLine model badging, twin exhaust pipes in chrome and a driver alert system.
To sum up: I’m going to give the 508 four stars in this test, not only because I like its looks but, because I believe it’s a good family vehicle with bags of extras and space. It also has a decent engine that’s tied to a pretty good chassis.