Would you buy a big French Car? If So, Here’s The Peugeot 508
Big Pug aims big – will it miss?
By Imthishan Giado
Hey, guess what? Peugeot’s got a new flagship saloon and…it doesn’t suck.
Here comes the new ‘big’ Peugeot – the 508, which replaces the slow-selling 407 and 607 saloons. This region likes Peugeots – they’re stylish, practical, fun to drive, with a somewhat dubious quality reputation. Still, at the price Swaidan Trading sells them, you can’t really complain about the occasional wonky bit of electronics. I’m a big fan myself, having first started off many moons ago with the utterly gorgeous 406 coupe. But I never really understood the point of big Pugs – wouldn’t you go Japanese instead?
Peugeot hopes the 508 will change your mind. It’s ditched the guppy grille for a new face and swoopy fashionable (as always) lines. As always, it’s stuffed to the gills with kit: electric parking brake, smartkeys, four zone climate control, xenon headlamps and probably, a french maid to fold your undies. Under the hood, there’s the usual 1.6-litre four cylinder in 156bhp form. The brochure promises a manual – HA HA – but no really, what you’ll all be buying is the 6-speed automatic. Which again, if you read my RCZ review is far from the greatest cog-swapper in the world, but good enough for most folks.
We’ll report back this afternoon with interior shots and pricing details.