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Peugeot 508 purchase advice: which Peugeot 508 is right for me?

Hans-Dieter Seufert
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W enn Peugeot as with the 508 a new model in the middle class, it arouses great interest not only in France. Long before Japanese and Korean manufacturers discovered the German market for themselves, French cars were among the first alternatives in this segment in this country.

Peugeot always followed a conservative line with its large series, the sedans had in contrast to Renault or Citroën always a classic notchback. Practical needs, on the other hand, are served by the station wagon offshoots that have been available since the 1950s and that were nicknamed Break up to the 406 (1996 to 2004).

The fashionably designed predecessor of the Peugeot 508, the 407 (until 2010) Peugeot changed its priorities, subordinated utility to a fashionably extroverted design line and called the station wagon SW. The new 508, with which Peugeot heralds the return to a classically elegant design, inherits alongside the 407 the 607, also discontinued in 2010, which marked the top of the product range for ten years.

No more six-cylinder for the Peugeot 508

The Peugeot 508 can no longer serve with a six-cylinder - instead, the Peugeot 508 RXH, which is equipped exclusively with a 200 hp diesel hybrid and all-wheel drive and optically trimmed towards SUVs, will crown the model family from spring 2012. A successor to the 407 Coupé, whose production will expire at the end of the year, is not planned.

The Peugeot 508 family currently includes six engine variants. The power spectrum of the four turbo diesels ranges from 112 to 204 hp, while the gasoline engine only has two 1.6-liter engines with 120 (naturally aspirated) and 156 hp (turbo) options. Unusual: Not only the top version coupled to the GT equipment with 204 hp 2.2-liter HDi diesel is equipped with an automatic transmission as standard, but also the entry-level model of the Peugeot 508 with 120 hp Gasoline engine. There, however, no six-stage automatic converter takes care of the power transmission to the front wheels, but an automated six-speed gearbox (EGS6). This switch box is also in the consumption-optimized e-HDi version of the 112 hp diesel on board, together with a special start-stop system.

Depending on the engine and equipment line, the price range for the Peugeot 508 ranges from 23,600 (sedan as Access VTi 120) to 39,650 euros (SW as GT HDi 205). Tocomes a large number of extras that can be ordered individually or as a package. Purchasing advice clarifies which points deserve special attention when looking for the right Peugeot 508:

Equipment and extras - from solid to luxurious

Four lines and numerous extras from four-zone automatic air conditioning to head-up displays and bi-xenon cornering lights leave little to be desired. Since Peugeot links upscale equipment lines to more powerful engines, ten combinations are possible for the Peugeot 508. VTi 120 and HDi 110 are only available as Access, the HDi 205 only as GT. For all others, there are two lines to choose from.

Nevertheless, Access customers do not have to be satisfied with lean equipment. The basic version of the Peugeot 508 (including air conditioning, CD radio, on-board computer, multifunction steering wheel and fog lights with cornering lights) is not missing anything essential. From the next higher, 1,900 euros more expensive line Active (SW: 2,300 euros), the cruise control (300 euros including leather steering wheel), the aluminum wheels (600 euros) and the vision package (350 euros) can be ordered individually. The two-zone automatic air conditioning is only available in the navigation and telematics package for Access, however, the glass roof, which is mandatory in the SW from Active, is not at all.

Peugeot 508 with extendable comfort seats

Bixenon headlights with cornering lights (850 euros), auxiliary heating (850 euros) or a head-up display are also only available for the Peugeot 508 from Active. For the medium-sized engines (THP 155 and HDi 140/165) there is a choice between Active and the EUR 3,000 more expensive Allure line. This also attracts with practical details such as electrically folding exterior mirrors, parking sensors at the rear, hands-free system, keyless entry and start system as well as very comfortable, electrically adjustable partial leather comfort seats with pull-out thigh supports.

Visually, Allure stands out with chrome-framed side windows and 17-inch aluminum wheels. With the exception of the keyless system, the most important Allure components are also available to Active customers without being more expensive in total. For example, the e-HDi 110, which is not available in the Allure version for the Peugeot 508, can be upgraded.

Particularly luxurious options such as the four-zone automatic air conditioning (400 euros), which automatically Opening tailgate for the Peugeot 508 SW (550 euros) or the full leather package (from 1,550 euros) can only be ordered by Allure and GT customers. The top version, which is only available in the HDi 205, even includes xenon light, high beam assistant, head-up display, navigation system, seat heating and 18-inch wheels. On the other hand, there is no indication of this with some of the assistance systems customary in this class. Lane keeping or changing aids as well as an adaptive cruise control are not available for the Peugeot 508.

Motors andTransmission - wide range of diesels

Only two petrol, but four diesels are available for the Peugeot 508, plus four different transmissions. Particularly interesting: the diesel with 112 and 140 hp and the 156 hp turbo gasoline engine. Between the HDi 110 and VTi 120 are only 900 euros. The 120 hp petrol engine is the only engine in the Peugeot 508 that does without a torque-increasing turbocharger and also has to come to terms with the automated EGS6 transmission - a solid, but not an attractive combination in the 508 range.

The HDi 110 goes to work more powerfully, the e-HDi not only has the lightning-fast start-stop system but also the EGS6, which shifts less comfortably in automatic mode. The torque plus 2.0 HDi with 140 hp is particularly noticeable on the motorway. Although the more powerful 163 hp version costs only 600 euros more, the surcharge is not worth it because of the barely noticeable better temperament - unless an automatic transmission (six-speed converter) is required for the Peugeot 508, which is not available for the HDi 140 .

This automatic is also available for the cultivated, powerful turbo gasoline engine, although there is nothing wrong with the shiftability of the manual transmission. The 204 hp 2.2 HDi is even more brawny - significantly more expensive than the Peugeot 508 GT with automatic, but noticeably more confident.

Maintenance costs - everything speaks for the diesel engine

Even with low annual mileage the diesel engines lower cost. The Peugeot 508 SW is classified two classes cheaper with almost all engines in liability. No wonder that 80 percent of all Peugeot 508s in Germany have a diesel engine under the hood - the extra price pays off from less than 15,000 kilometers per year.

According to our model calculation, the basic petrol VTi 120 does not cause the lowest Cost, but the 1.6-liter entry-level diesel. The basic price of the economical e-HDi variant, which is 1,000 euros higher, pays off for an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers. However, the 1.6 HDi has to be inspected every 20,000 kilometers or every two years, while 30,000 kilometer intervals apply to the other engines. With the more popular, but more expensive station wagon Peugeot 508 SW, the maintenance costs are at a similar level to the sedan. Fully and partially comprehensive classifications are identical, in terms of liability the Peugeot 508 SW (except as THP 155 and HDi 205) is classified two classes cheaper.

Body - station wagon or sedan?

With the 508, Peugeot limited itself to two body variants: the notchback sedan and the SW station wagon. In this country, the majority of customers - as usual in the middle class - choose the elegant Peugeot 508 SW. Without a station wagon, a mid-range model hasGerman market little chance. At Peugeot, this variant has been part of the model family in this segment for decades. In the Peugeot 508, the SW measures 4.81 meters in length with the same wheelbase, only two centimeters more than the sedan, but is between 1,050 and 1,450 euros more expensive depending on the equipment line. The reason: From Active, the panoramic glass roof is part of the standard equipment of the Peugeot 508 SW. In the limousine, the transparent roof part always costs 750 euros extra, but in contrast to the SW it can also be opened.

No third row of seats for the Peugeot 508 SW

A third row of seats as with earlier station wagon versions (e.g. 504 and 505 Familial) or the more compact 308 SW is not available for the Peugeot 508 SW. Despite the elegant lines, the load volume is quite impressive in a class comparison: 560 liters fit under the roller blind, with a roof-high load up to behind the front seats it is 1,598 liters. A safety separation network costs 150 euros for Access and Active, and 550 euros for Allure and GT, as it includes an electric drive for opening and closing the tailgate. The rear seat backrest of the Peugeot 508, which is split 60 to 40, can also be unlocked and laid flat from the luggage compartment - the headrests do not have to be removed. The sedan also has folding backrests with a practical release mechanism. Their trunk volume ranges from 515 to 1,381 liters.

Conclusion

Within the Peugeot 508 series, some variants emerge as particularly recommendable: For cost-conscious customers the 1.6-liter diesel is the first choice. The start-stop system and the wider range of equipment speak for the 1,000 euro more expensive e-HDi, while the standard EGS6 transmission is not for everyone.

In addition, the balanced Peugeot 508 HDi 140 as Active costs only 300 Euros more. However, it does not have the inconspicuous six-speed automatic transmission, which harmonizes well with all three engines available.

The Peugeot 508 THP 155 pleases with its smooth running, the HDi 165 with lower consumption. For both, the more expensive Allure line is worthwhile if there is a desire for particularly luxurious extras, which otherwise only the convincing but expensive Peugeot 508 GT can meet.

In addition to the elegant shape of the, speak for the Peugeot 508 SW better resale, the more variable loading space and the fair surcharge. What is missing? A larger range of assistance systems.

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