|Having had the privilege to review the Peugeot 508 GT SW previously, Motorsportchannel.com’s writer recently got his hands on the second Turbo Diesel of the similar variant: Peugeot 508 GT Sedan.|
Either the Peugeot 508 SW GT or 508 GT Sedan left the writer with a lingering sweet after taste. Our writer points out the economical, performance, handling & stability, safety, comfort aspects of the Peugeot 508 GT sedan, and provides his overall take. On the exterior appeal of the Peugeot 508 GT Sedan and 508 SW GT, the writer somehow gave the 508 SW GT higher marks than the 508 GT sedan, hmm…
Peugeot GT Sedan: Economical
Well surprisingly fuel consumption for the sedan version was more or less the same as the station wagon, theoretically at least. We had an average of 7 liters per 100km on the second day of testing, while on the first day the 508 GT Sedan averaged around 9.8 liters per 100km. How did the car reduce its fuel consumption levels? The answer, the relatively new ride had been properly trial and tested, and by the time it reached the writer’s hands the fuel levels had improve. But honestly why get a 2.2 turbo diesel with 450Nm and 205PS on tap just to save fuel. Anything that gives you this much pulling power comes in petrol version and usually priced just about close to ½ a million ringgit. So, for about RM 200k it could be considered very economical from the power output and torque perspectives, unless you would like to consider a diesel truck. Would the sedan hit the manufacturer’s claim of 5.7 litres per 100km? Yes definitely, but during perfect conditions, with minimal load on the engine at an optimum cruising speed.
Peugeot GT Sedan: Performance
It’s a bit peculiar, but we felt that the Peugeot 508 SW GT was much more stable at higher speeds. Maybe it was the additional 120 kg that made it more planted at 230km/h. The sedan felt a bit less planted at 220km/h. Now since the sedan is 120 kg lighter than the wagon, so yes it’s a tad bit faster. But the Peugeot 508 SW GT felt stable at higher speeds and even more aerodynamically tuned to higher speeds. During the drive, the 508 SW GT’s 6-speed auto transmission was smooth, just changing to the right gears to give maximum acceleration when needed, which helped it glide to its maximum speed of 230km/h, while the sedan seemed to get there but with a bit more effort. This is one of the reasons why the writer favored the 508 SW GT a bit more than the sedan. Both holds the GT badge which is meant for long cruising, but the 508 SW GT is the writer’s choice for the long distance drive.
The writer did comment that the Peugeot 508 SW GT didn’t perform up to the mark on twisty turns on very elevated roads. He deemed the GT wagon a rocket ship that was designed to go in a straight line. The Peugeot 508 GT sedan proved to be better on his favorite twisty routes up a familiar hill resort. As did going sideways when he tried to chase a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Porsche Panamera on the bends, and obviously he had to give up on the straights (the writer estimated 3-second lag behind the two supercars on straights).
Peugeot GT Sedan: Handling
The Peugeot 508 GT Sedan was in all sense a better handling car, thanks to a tauter cornering capability and the effective traction control which initiated braking at certain points to ensure grip on all four wheels. Would a 2.2 Turbo diesel be able to keep up against faster cars or rather much more faster cars such as a 458 Italia or a Panamera? The writer thought it wasn’t totally out of the question, but only through sheer bravery and chivalry on the bends. The writer figured that the 508 GT Sedan could interplay with faster cars better than the 508 SW GT. All said and done, the writer did discover that the GT sedan was not very comfortable during tight cornering. It’s not meant for extremely aggressive driving, but in any case if you were to get into emergency situations both Peugeot 508 GTs can help save your life indefinitely.
At lower speeds, the Peugeot 508 GT sedan performed well, with a tad bit of body roll. For dependable handling and stability, the Peugeot GT sedan relies on the double wishbone at the front and multi-arm with helical springs at the rear. The suspension setup is patched to the road with 235/40 R19 tyres. As a premium variant, the 508 GT sedan’s settings are way better than the standard struts and torsion beams.
Peugeot GT Sedan: Safety
Comparable to its direct sibling and even the Petrol version, the Peugeot 508 GT sedan is loaded with a plethora of safety features such as, a multitude of airbags, Automatic Electric Parking Brake, Hill Start Assist, Electric Stability Program (ESP), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti Skid Regulation (ASR) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). In essence it’s like many other quality cars that have the acclaimed Euro NCAP 5 stars. The writer was particularly fond of the 508 GT sedan’s night beam; which are made up of the bi-xenons and directional turn lights or Adaptive lights. The adaptive lighting is further assisted by static turning lights that switch on automatically.
Peugeot GT Sedan: Comfort
It’s relatively quiet inside the Peugeot 508 GT sedan and only when you exit the car that you’d notice the engine noise of the car’s diesel powerplant; of course when the engine’s running. Conveniences and amenities include; ample head and leg room, heated front seats with the driver’s having a massager and lumbar support, fine leather seats and furnishings, HUD (Heads-up display) and the ‘dream’ JBL audio system with the 7-inch touch screen that plays Bluetooth compatible devices’ files, AUX devices, CDs and MP3s.
On overall comfort level, the writer testified that the Peugeot 508 GT sedan was as good as the wagon version, though he considered the 508 GT sedan a bit of compromise between handling and comfort. It sacrificed a bit of comfort for better handling, and for a car with 450Nm of torque it was a necessary compromise. Why would you have a car with that much pulling power but handles poorly, and Peugeot did it right, in this department.
The Peugeot 508 SW GT with 660l boot space capacity offers a lot more space for golf bags, huge luggages than the GT sedan’s 545l. With rear seats down, the wagon fits up to 1865l, while the sedan takes up a lesser 1581l.
Conclusion (In the writer’s words)
Well just like the Peugeot 508 SW GT, the 508 GT sedan is equally brilliant. But perhaps we would still prefer the 508 SW GT slightly more. But after the racing stint downhill, perhaps the sedan has its advantages. At RM 199,888 OTR the sedan is ridiculously expensive like most imported vehicles from Europe. But if you are considering Continentals/Europeans, test driving the 508 GT Sedan/Station Wagon, is a must. It comes with plenty of up-to-date technologies, quality materials and parts, a 5-year warranty and much more. Ok maybe not a must, but definitely compulsory. Don’t blame us if you buy a lower end European counterpart (that’s all RM 200k can get you) and get creamed on the highway by a Peugeot 508 GT Sedan.
Photos: Greg Yang