Peugeot assessment 508 used: 2011-2015
Peugeot 508 arrived in Australia in July 2011 and replaced two cars Peugeot 407 and 607. Smart engineering means that the 508 is significantly smaller in weight than the Peugeot 407 and weighs the same as 607. Not all 508 models appear at the same time, instead of dribbling over the next 12 months.
Between 407 and 607, with a leaning size of 607, Peugeot 508 was sold a four-door car and five-door station wagon. The sedan’s boot is one of the largest in the business. The car is big and spacious, although when surrounded by the market with SUVs, it doesn’t have the right amount of sales.
Peugeot 508 passengers are located in the manner found in some other vehicles, even those with much higher prices. The front windscreen has an intelligent design that filters out sounds from outside; hydraulic suspension mounted muffle road noise; and an ‘active front axle shock absorber’ away from the occupants of the 508 to the outside world.
Peugeot is the oldest automotive nameplate in the world and has a Gallic style, with a body that looks like it was carved from a piece of metal. Shapes are likely to be reluctant.
The engines are 1.6-liter petrol, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel and 2.2-turbo diesel. The latter is fitted to the 508 GT, showing the emphasis Peugeot places on diesel models on the home market.
All Australian imports run a six-speed automatic transmission. Automatically on GT with paddle shifters. See the notes about auto in our separate section including model 508 e-HDi.
An interesting 508 is the Touring wagon, which is higher than the ground and has a hybrid power unit that uses a diesel-electric engine combination. It is really only aimed at the European market because official emissions are measured below 100 grams per kilometer. Therefore, having it save taxes can run into thousands of Euros in some countries. Even so, don’t see much on Australian roads.
There is an interesting super economic 508 model called the 508 e-HDi. Using 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine with advanced technology, it can go 1400 km on a tank in easy running conditions if you are careful when driving. One drawback is that its old-fashioned manual transmission is very rough in its changes, especially in the lower gears. You might get used to it after a while, but fully automatic will be a lot better.
In March 2015 the facelift saw a slight facelift and the nape of the neck hold the same overall theme successfully, but added a bit of oomph in the forward look. The changes also meet the European emissions regime that was created for Peugeot’s engine but the performance remains unchanged.
Peugeot has been in Australia for decades, but has come and gone a bit popular over the years. There are a large number of sensible dealers, but as you would expect these trends will be mostly in the metro areas.
Spare parts are average for this class and we’ve heard no major delays in getting them.
By current standards, the 508 is relatively easy to work for amateur mechanics, but to be honest, we’d love if you left all the simplest tasks for trained people. Official mechanics.
Because Peugeot 508 is a relatively small seller, insurance companies have had different experiences with them. This means that there is a fairly high disparity in premiums.
Here’s an interesting thought: Peugeot 508 is now six years old and near the end of its life cycle. Hopefully the next model will appear soon and in turn it will be replaced around 2023. Peugeot 508 can share its body with Holden Commodore!
Peugeot has just taken over the European Opel factories that will build NG Commodore in 2018 and it is likely that designers and engineers will combine the GM Opel and Peugeot thinking.
What are you looking for
Peugeots are reasonably built, though not up to the very high standards of Korean and Japanese cars. The bodies are generally good, but have a close look at the interior.
So, make sure the decorative parts are not loose and there is no sign of being glued or reattached into place. During the test drive, listen for hiss and rattles.
Because the 508 is famous for its load carrying capacity, it may have been well used for moving tools. Check the condition of the rear bumper as parts may have been balanced on them while loading. Check the status of all decorations on the boot floor and sides.
Make sure the engine is easy to start – the diesel will not be as fast as petrols – and is stable at rest for a few seconds.