Peugeot 508: A sedan worthy of great travel

With the new generation of the 508s, Peugeot has brought a new dynamic and vibrancy to the rather shaky sedan segment that seemed to surrender to the ever-popular SUVs. The unique design and distinctive feel that the new Peugeot 508 brings with it is certainly appealing, so we checked to see if it was as practical and usable as expected.
With the new Peugeot 508 we hung out for a long time and traveled quite a number of kilometers on really diverse roads outside and inside BiH, and after the travelogue, this time we bring a complete test. After excellent SUVs, Peugeot has continued its successful streak, making the original 508 design as well as the latest 208 and 2008 one of the most attractive options in its segment. Unlike many who have almost completely neglected sedans before the onslaught of SUVs, Peugeot has come up with a new 508 that looks phenomenal but also offers a great alternative to those who don’t want to sit high.

The D-segment sedans have long been in the throes of finding a way to find their way back to the hearts of customers who prefer SUVs of similar price range. This proved to be an additional burden for French brands, which had to fight fiercely with strong competition from Germany, which has always taken precedence in this segment. It seems to us that Peugeot found penicillin for both problems.

Instead of raising their hands from the 508s, they decided to “reinvent” it completely, and the result is one of the most attractive, if not the most attractive, sedan in the segment, delivering a true premium atmosphere and a level of quality that will satisfy German tastes as well. Fortunately, the original look with a very aggressive front, a coupe roofline and a sporty shaped rear are not the only things that make the 508 stand out.

Built on the same and most importantly lightweight platform as the compact Peugeot 308, the much larger 508 got a good start in the beginning to be an agile and dynamic car. This platform allows for a wide track of wheels and low engine and suspension elements, which suited the very low 508. Thanks to this, the car’s center of gravity is low, and although in these standard versions there is no over-sporting ambition, the 508 makes a great balance of a comfortable, sedan-less sedan. In long, fast turns, the 508 stays safe and neutral for a long time and is really difficult to beat. In sharp turns it shows that the suspension is still subordinate to comfort, but with a slightly more pronounced inclination the driver has a good sense of control and stability. Peugeot with 508 and did not want to overdo the sporty driving characteristics, which is very commendable,

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Roadtrip test: With the new Peugeot 508, we have traveled three thousand kilometers

The long tours we did with the 508 this summer are really its natural habitat, and it swallows miles with ease. Of course, with its well-tuned suspension, the excellent combination of a powerful diesel engine and a shiny new automatic transmission helps it most. We waited for years and hoped to see a gearbox like this in Peugeot and now it’s finally there.

This time, the renowned gearbox maker Aisin did a great job, so the 8-speed automatic was stripped of all the drawbacks of its predecessors. Smooth operation fits perfectly into the overall driving experience of the 508, and the gear changes are truly timely and seamless. If you want to change speeds on a winding road yourself, then the EAT8 is fast enough and makes great use of the high torque of a diesel engine. Also, the transmission can make the gear changes smoother or sharper, depending on which mode you choose, and is ultimately one of the important elements in the 508’s economy.

The two-liter 177hp HDi with a powerful 400Nm of torque fits perfectly with the 508 and carries it with ease. Although it is not its primary purpose, a 508 powered like this is more than fast enough and will reach 100 km / h in less than 8.5 seconds. In addition, the lightweight construction of the 508 and the smart transmission allow you to average between 5 and 6 liters of diesel per 100 km. For a sedan of these performance and dimensions, this is more than acceptable.

The 508’s interior is as special and interesting as the exterior. More specifically, if you haven’t seen or tried a Peugeot new generation, entering the new 508 will make you pretty unprepared. The latest generation of i-Cockpit solutions with high-lifted digital instruments, a near-wing small steering wheel, a powerful and stylish center console with a large tablet and piano keys to control air conditioning and other features are just the main details. Soft materials that are comfortable to the touch but also look at with ergonomics that are accustomed to getting used but essentially work well add to the feeling of driving a special car. Honestly, there are few large-scale cars that are so original and special inside, so a few impractical details are easy to forgive.

What is harder to forgive is the lack of space for the rear passengers’ heads. Although we expected it because of the shape of the roof, in practice it is even more pronounced. Fortunately, there is plenty of legroom, and with the large and comfortable seats you can sit very comfortably.

The trunk is large and spacious, and the problem can arise when you are preparing for longer trips and plan to bring a little more stuff than usual. Then you should be aware that the front of the trunk has a much smaller height than the part closer to the seat. Another casualty of attractive design and coupe form, but essentially 487 liters of volume can be sufficient in most situations.

Peugeot is aware that it has made the new 508 an attractive and valuable car, and it definitely does not fit into the low-end segment options. For such an equipped specimen with a powerful diesel engine and excellent EAT8 gearbox, you must be prepared to set aside 70 thousand marks. Of course, with a more reasonable choice of equipment this amount can be reduced to some 55 thousand marks. A praiseworthy move of the Peugeot is also the fact that you get the EAT8 gearbox in every 508 except the basic diesel, which will certainly not be such a common choice.

With the 508, Peugeot has definitely refreshed the D segment, and with its excellent design, comfort and modern technology, it is at the very top of the most desirable segment cars. And best of all, a practical and comfortable family limo every day will leave you with a driving experience of something special that should be appreciated in the SUV world.

Test car base information: Peugeot 508 Allure 2.0 BlueHDi 180 EAT8
Basic diesel model price: 48.580 KM
Test model price: 69.475 KM

Engine: Front transverse, diesel, four cylinders, 16 valves, turbocharger. common-rail fuel injection system. Displacement is 1,997 cc. Maximum power 130 kW – 177 HP at 3,750 rpm. Maximum torque of 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm.

Power Transmission: Drive over front axle. 8-speed automatic transmission. 19 inch wheels, 235/40 R19 tires.

Fuel Performance and Consumption:Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 8,3 s. Top speed – 235 km / h. Average fuel consumption per test – 5.7 l / 100 km. Factory declared fuel consumption: 5.9 l / 100 km in the city, 3.9 l / 100 km on the open road, 4.7 l / 100 km combined. Fuel Tank Capacity – 55 l. Average CO² emission – 124 g / km. Euro 6d.

Dimensions: Length – 4.750 mm. Width – 1.906 mm. Height – 1,404 mm. Wheelbase – 2.793 mm. Luggage compartment volume – 487 liters. Curb weight – 1.535 kg.

Test car equipment:ESP – vehicle stability control system, ASR – anti-slip brake system, indirect tire pressure control system, automatic daytime running lights, central locking with remote control, 6x airbag, Safety Package: cruise control / speed limiter, active system for accidental lane switching, automatic headlamp ignition, automatic emergency braking, Active Saftey Brake, recognition of speed limit signs and speed recommendations, automatic wipers with rain sensor, vehicle unlocking with remote control, engine start at the push of a button, two-tone automatic air conditioning, 2 x LED ambient lighting, front passenger compartment light, tailgate lighting, under center console lighting,headlight functions – Follow me Home, halogen headlights with daytime running lights, tinted rear windows, tinted and heated rear window, FM antenna built into the rear window, front and rear parking assist sensors, driver and front passenger seat with: height adjustment, longitudinal adjustment, armrest, electrical adjustment in lumbar region, carpets, indoor LED lighting, NAC navigation device with 10-inch touch screen (HD resolution), Bluetooth handsfree, 2 x USB and 1 x AUX port, 2 x USB second row seat attachment, Mirror Link function, 17 ” ALU rims MERION monotone + tire repair kit, tire dimensions 215/55 R17, interior in combination of textile and TEP leather, middle armrest on rear bench with opening for skis, exterior body color mirrors,electric and heated exterior mirrors, sensor for measuring the temperature in the exterior mirrors, vehicle access illumination in the exterior mirrors, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, internal photosensitive mirror, LED direction indicators.

Optional on test car: unlocked keyless vehicle (506 KM), 19 “AUGUSTA ALU rims in black (1,594 KM), DAB digital receiver (188 KM), Night Vision (2,251 KM), Driver Assistance Plus package + SAFETY Package PLUS (1.876 KM), additionally tinted rear windows (375 KM), full LED headlights + full LED taillights (2.026 KM), gray Platinum body color (825 KM)

Guarantees: Two years general warranty, three years on color and 12 years on bodywork.

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