|The Peugeot 508 Station Wagon (SW) GT is one of the best attempts from the Lion marque to stamp their potent mark in the European and global markets. Nasim, the distributors of Peugeot cars, offers the 508 variant in five denominations; the 508 Turbo S, 508 Premium, 508 SW, 508 GT and 508 SW GT, ranging from RM 155,888 to RM 209,888 on-the-road.|
What’s unique about the Peugeot 508 is that it is the first variant to feature the floating-styled grille, forward-thrust hood and sharp headlights with Bi-Xenons and HIDs. Based on the Peugeot concept SR1, the 508’s design cues are deemed an instantly recognizable identity in all upcoming Peugeot variants. Introduced in mid-2012, the CBU Peugeot 508 SW GT and GT fetch encouraging demands these days and are quite limited in quantity, according to Nasim.
Motorsportchannel.com’s writer deemed the 508 variant as one of the most well-built models in the segment. The 508 SW GT’s test drive perspectives scrutinized here were, the design cues, the economical factor; speed; agility & handling; reliability & safety; amenities and conveniences; comfort;and also pertinent criterias such as extra reliability and pricing.
Peugeot 508 SW GT: fuel efficiency
We considered the Peugeot 508 SW to be pretty economical. Why pretty, because we are test car drivers. We literally obliterate the meaning of economical when we put test cars through the weekends. Some of us go close to sacrificing our lives so we can give proper feed backs to our dear readers.
On average over the weekend, the Peugeot 508 SW gave up 9.2 litres per 100 kilometers; compared to the manufacturer’s claim of 5.8 liters per 100km . The fact that the car weights 1.7 tons, it still offered a decent fuel consumption rate given the close-to-extreme drives we endured it. Being a diesel, we expected fuel consumption to be a bit better but we realized that it was only possible under normal driving conditions.
Peugeot 508 SW spec-sheet’s 5.8l per 100 km on a combined cycle is quite a tall order, and it is only probable at very low speeds with windows up and the air-conditioning off. Peugeot parts and Original equipment for the 508 range can be quite hefty, but Nasim is currently providing a 5-year + unlimited warranty so there’s no need to fret. In summary, the Peugeot SW is more than reasonable in terms of fuel consumption, while road tax and insurance are a little bit costlier for a 2.2l powerplant.
Peugeot 508 SW GT: Speed
If you’ve read about my previous article on a truck and suggestions to why manufacturers should introduce diesel turbo engines in sedan cars, then Peugeot has partially done that. Though the gear box is not a manual, this six speed torque converter mated to a 2.2l turbo diesel, is heavenly. The Peugeot 508 SW GT gets up to 100 km/h in just 9.2 seconds. During our trials, we discovered that the 508 SW GT had a preference to hit the high notes, till the electronically limited 230 km/h threshold, though a bit of effort was required. This we felt was the contribution of the 450 Nm of torque, on paper.
The writer drove it to the max and actually kept up with a Renault Megane RS on the freeway for a good bit. At another interesting checkpoint, a BMW 320i struggled to keep up behind the 508 SW GT and the writer later claimed that the car had vanished from the rear view. Though the SW had a relatively satisfying top end speed, it did have a slight turbo lag which was negligible. The writer testified that when the accelerator was depressed hard, the SW did not blast into space immediately. Instead, the SW GT took a half-second or less to get into rhythm and then made up for it in a flash.
The Peugeot 508 SW GT gave the experience and performance worthy of its RM210,000 price tag. The tester’s only wish was that if the 508 SW Grand Tourer is offered in six-speed manual the performance satisfaction would surely rocket to the ceiling.
Peugeot 508 SW GT: Agility & Handling
We would say that the handling for the Peugeot SW was a tad better than conventional Station Wagons or Tourers. Simply cause, Peugeot had built a sturdy chassis and gifted the 508 SW a piercing aerodynamically-savvy silhouette. Part of the chassis setup includes double wishbone & drop link hub carrier at the front and multi-arm helical springs at the rear, fitted to 235/40 R19 tyres. The suspension system and broad tyres hold the SW on the ground very well and ensure an appeasing stance.
Given the extra dimensions of this SW, the 508 SW GT is at par with the many premium D-segment cars out there. On our trials, the SW handled bends exceptionally well and could take certain high speed corners like hatchbacks or low-profile sedans. The writer, however, found that the SW’s ability to absorb high speed corners during the hill ascension a bit uncompromising. His two main reasons being: a long wheelbase of 2,817mm and the chassis wasn’t quite stiff enough to damper the roll of the car through the very twisty and elevated bends. He thought about turning off the traction control, but decided to leave it on for safety reasons. He then reiterated that the points weren’t negatives as the 508 SW wasn’t meant to be taken to the extremes. On a positive standpoint, the SW GT did have sufficient power to pull a small carriage up in tow at an adequate speed.
On city drives, freeways and highways, the Peugeot 508 SW GT was more than exceptional at higher cruising speed thanks to the car’s slightly lower ride height compared to regular sedans. This was probably one of the reasons why we were able to keep up with the Megane RS, with minor efforts, at speed in the excess of 220 km/h. Cruising comfortably at 190 km/h was a real possibility in this car as it felt planted and extraordinarily safe at above 150km/h.
Peugeot 508 GT: Safety features, Amenities and Conveniences
Honestly there are not many other cars in the world that could have as many switches as the 508 SW GT. Maybe the space shuttle might have a tad more but that’s a maybe. It’s just bristling with technology. This is a major plus point, as we are really getting a bang for our buck. The 508 GT comes standard with bi-xenon headlights with smart beam function, moonroof with a rotating roof switch, parking sensors, six airbags, hill Start assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-Skid Regulation (ASR), Anti Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), LED daytime running lights, and Brake Assist. It’s like a baby in a cradle, locked in a 10-foot concrete jail cell. In other words it’s very safe.
Interior conveniences comprise the marvellous 10-speaker JBL sound system, sturdy leather-wrapped steering, color HUD (Heads-up display), 5-dial instrument panel with LCD display and USB/Bluetooth compatibility, auto start-stop with keyless entry, and a hidden compartment with switches for HUD adjust, TC, park sensor. Our test unit had complete maps of European countries, but no to worry local and S.E.A. countries maps should be pre-installed in your Peugeot 508 SW GT upon request.
The handbrake switch took us a while to get acquainted to, but after that the handbrake would adapt and automatically deactivate itself.
Peugeot 508 SW GT: Comfort-level
First and foremost, the driver and front passenger electronically adjustable seats are rare in the segment and only a certain Premium variants worth RM300,000 or more offer this convenience. Peugeot even stepped it up with the inclusion of a massage function for the driver’s seat in the 508 SW GT.
In terms of noise level or cabin ambiance, seats spacing, leg room, suspension setting and etc, it’s exactly what makes the Peugeot 508 SW GT, a luxury you can afford. The back windows are equipped with blinders, rear passengers get separate air-conditioning, and at the same time legroom is abundant and spacious with a centerfold divide.
Peugeot 508 SW GT: Reliability and decent Prices
Peugeot has always built reliable and contemporary cars in their 90-year history. And there are even some Peugeots back from the 70’s that are still running in certain vicinities of the country and somewhere in the globe. A Peugeot car is one commodity that can last, as long as the owner takes responsible care of it. As Nasim has made greater strides in the domestic market, the Peugeot brand is about cars with prestige and added value packages.
For a closer view at the Peugeot SW GT or its GT direct sibling, visit your nearest Peugeot Blue Box. The Peugeot SW GT is attainable at RM 209,888 and the GT runs for RM 198,888, all on-the-road with insurance and inclusive of 5-year unlimited warranty.
Peugeot 508 SW GT Assorted images