Launched back in 2010, the Peugeot 508 took over as the Lion Marque’s flagship vehicle replacing both its 407 and 607 models. The new flagship then received a comprehensive facelift in June 2014 and was introduced here in Malaysia last May bearing its new signature styling theme and upgraded performance. We managed got a short test of the French manufacturer’s newly facelifted flagship in a single-day media test drive, to see if stands a chance against stiff competition from its German rivals, who are dominating the local D-segment market.
Being just a facelift of the first generation model, not much history can be found on the 508. However, the facelift does bring in an increased length from 4,792 mm to 4,830 mm. With its 2,817 mm wheelbase remaining the same, its the front and rear overhangs that got stretched.
With the stretch, the Peugeot 508 asserts a contemporary design style that features a structured feel with a new vertically oriented front grille featuring the Peugeot emblem in the middle. It is flanked by Peugeot’s signature lighting featuring a full LED headlight technology accentuated by LED DRLs on its re-styled front bumper. In my honest opinion, I think the new ‘face’ does look a lot more mature then the pre-facelift model, befitting its status as the flagship vehicle. The back looks similar as the rear bumper and signature three claw LED taillights only received a slight re-design.
Inside the cabin, the high-quality interior is enhanced with a new 7-inch colour touchscreen that houses most of the 508’s infotainment and navigation functions, and a newly designed instrument panel. It is also equipped with a retractable colour heads up display, Smart Beam system, keyless entry with push start button, quad zone air conditioning and automatic parking brake. I have to say, it is easy to get really comfortable inside the Peugeot 508.
To keep you entertained, there are 10 JBL speakers said to be linked to a 10-channel 500W sound amplifier, Arkamys sound processing software and a built in 8GB Jukebox. Unfortunately, I’m not musically inclined to be able to enjoy the system. There’s also a reverse camera, memory and massage function for driver’s seat in the GT variant, multifunction steering wheel, LED interior map lights, auto headlamp and wipers ans well as electro-chrome interior mirror.
For the media drive, its local distributor, Nasim Sdn Bhd, had a slew of 508s for us (several local motoring media representatives) to test. The destination (to Cyberjaya’s Cyberview Lodge for lunch) wasn’t far, but we were guided through a much-much longer ‘scenic’ route for us to sample the 508 on both highways and small winding B-roads.
Driving this flagship model, the facelifted 508 is powered by Peugeot’s familiar 1.6-litre twin scroll Turbo High Pressure engine, but has been slightly tweaked to produce 163 hp instead of just 156 hp on the previous model. Torque figures remains at 240 Nm, available from 1,400 rpm. Yes, these numbers does look small for such a big D-segment vehicle, but it is quite adequate. Mated to its EAT6 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift, tiptronic and Sport mode, the 508 is said to sprint to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, which is not that bad. It supposedly has a top speed of 220 km/h and eats up 7.1 litres of fuel per 100 km emitting 129 g of CO2 per km which is an improvement from the 144 g per km in the previous model.
Handling is surprisingly good for this big flagship model, absorbing small bumps quite smoothly on the highways but stiff enough to take on the twisties on the small, winding B-roads with some agility. As expected, front suspension are McPherson struts with drop link dual wishbone while the back is equipped with a multi-arm rear suspension, said to ensure excellent efficiency and maximum comfort.
Of course, safety is important, and as the flagship model, the 508 gets all the goodies which includes six airbags, ESP, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Anti-Skid Regulation, Dynamic Stability Control, Hill Start Assit, two ISOFIX points, anti-pinch power windows, blind spot assist and Peugeot Rolling Code Transponder immobiliser with perimetric, volumetric and anti-tilt alarm.
In short, although this model is a facelift version of first generation 508 launched just five years ago, the upgrades it received are quite comprehensive in terms of aesthetics and performance. Our short drive of it showed that it is on par with some of its German rivals, but with a price tag of RM173,888, the 508 will give its competitors a run for their money.
And for those who do yearn for more power, there’s the 508 GT variant that features a 2.2-litre turbodiesel Hdi FAP engine that produces 203 hp at 3,500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 2,750 rpm, capable of sprinting to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds and topping out at 235 km/h.
|Price (RM)||RM173,888 OTR||RM207,888|
|Engine Type||Twin Scroll Turbo High Pressure (THP)||Inline 4 Cylinders, Turbodiesel|
|Displacement||1,598 cc||2,179 cc|
|Power||163 hp @ 6,000 rpm||203 hp @ 3,500 rpm|
|Torque||240 Nm @ 1,450 rpm||450 Nm @ 2,000 rpm|
|Gearbox||6-Speed Automatic||6-Speed Automatic|
|Kerb Weight||1,410 kg||1,552 kg|
|Length||4,830 mm||4,830 mm|
|Width||1,828 mm||1,828 mm|
|Height||1,456 mm||1,456 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,817 mm||2,817 mm|
|Front Suspension||MacPherson Strut||Double Wishbone|
|Front Brakes||Ventilated Disc||Ventilated Disc|
|Rear Brakes||Solid Disc||Solid Disc|
|Tyres Size||235/45 R18||235/40 R19|