Peugeot 508 international first drive
- 10 February 2011
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Sorry for the late post but for the last few days I’ve been in Alicante driving the new Peugeot 508 and making a video about it. Before we let the video out let me tell you the new 508 is a well sorted car, two body styles saloon and SW (estate). Three trims will be offered: Access, Active and Allure, standard on all cars will be ESP, ASR, hill assist, driver / passenger / side / curtain airbags, alarm and deadlocks, air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, a full size spare wheel and front fog lamps.
The level two Active model has in addition a rear parking aid, automatic wipers and headlights, Bluetooth, cruise control and speed limiter, leather steering wheel, electrochrome rear view mirror, electric child locks, electric lumbar adjustment, bi-zone climate control, electric folding door mirrors and 17” alloys with anti-theft wheel nuts. The top of the range Allure model further gains keyless entry, full leather upholstery, front parking sensors, electric parking brake, electric / heated front seats, front and rear carpet mats and 18” alloys.The top of the range Allure model further gains key-less entry, full leather upholstery, front parking sensors, electric parking brake, electric / heated front seats, front and rear carpet mats and 18” alloys.
It’s a big car with room for five, the really comfy drivers seat supports in all the right places. When driving along the cabin is very quiet and refined. The top spec models I drove had a few too many buttons but it will be a case of just getting used to where the things you need are.
The 508 will be available in Ireland with a choice of four efficient diesel engines boasting frugal consumption and low CO2 emissions. The super-efficient 1.6 e-HDi 112bhp stop start engine is matched to an electronically controlled Ecomatique gearbox and qualifies for Band A €104 annual road tax. The e-HDi stop start system reduces fuel consumption by up to 15% during urban driving. The 1.6 HDi 112bhp manual and the 2.0 HDi 140bhp 6-speed engines both qualify for €156 annual road tax. The 2.0 HDi 163bhp 6-speed full automatic offering qualifies for €302 road tax. I do believe the Irish public might just be about to get a real alternative to the Mondeo, Avensis and the Passat.
Here’s the current price list and Peugeot say that the 508 will be available to test drive at your local dealer before summer.
RRSP Price List
Level 1: ACCESS
508 1.6 HDi 112bhp ACCESS: €24,850
508 1.6 HDi 112bhp Bluetooth ACCESS: €25,150
508 1.6 eHDI 112bhp Eco ACCESS: €26,450
Level 2: ACTIVE
508 1.6 HDi 112bhp ACTIVE: €27,300
508 1.6 eHDi 112bhp Eco ACTIVE: €28,600
508 2.0 HDi 140bhp ACTIVE: €29,100
508 SW 1.6 HDi 112bhp ACTIVE: €28,800
508 SW 2.0 HDi 140bhp ACTIVE: €30,600
Level 3: ALLURE
508 2.0 HDi 140bhp ALLURE: €32,550
508 2.0 HDi 163bhp Automatic ALLURE: €35,150