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2015 Peugeot 508 Allure review

Isaac Bober’s 2015 Peugeot 508 Allure review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety, verdict and rating.

In a nutshell: Refreshed Pegueot 508 gets a new look front and rear with a new, frugal engine joining the range. This car proves the French car maker has found its form again.

2015 Peugeot 508 Allure

Price From $45,990 (+ORC) Warranty 3 years/100,000km Safety 5 stars ANCAP Engine 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel Power/Torque 120kW/340Nm Transmission six-speed automatic Weight 1520kg Body 4830mm (L); 1828mm (W) 1456mm Fuel Tank 72 litres Thirst 5.7L/100km claimed 

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IT WOULD BE fair to say that the Peugeot 508 flies, and has flown, under the radar here in Australia since it launched here in 2011, and I don’t really understand why that is.  When the 508 first lobbed Down Under, replacing the frog-faced 406 and 607, it immediately impressed with its long-as-your-arm-standard-specification list, quality, ride and handling.

But the car never really caught on here. Shame. Fast forward to now and Peugeot is hoping to change that with the refreshed 2015 model. The elegant 508 has been given a new-look bumper at the front and back, new grille and headlights. Inside, the thing’s been updated with a new touch-screen infotainment unit, sat-nav and reversing camera all as standard across the range.

2015 Peugeot 508 Allure car review

Pricing for the refreshed 508 starts from $37,990 (+ORC) which puts it in the ballpark against the likes of the Subaru Liberty Premium which lists from $35,490 (+ORC) and the Ford Mondeo which starts at $32,790 (+ORC). That said, we’re testing the 508 Allure which is exclusively available with a diesel engine and is priced from $45,990 (+ORC) and the equivalent Mondeo Trend which lists from $40,490 (+ORC).

As mentioned above, we’re testing the 508 Allure which is available exclusively with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces 120kW at 3750rpm and 340Nm at 2000rpm. For the trainspotters, this engine also sees service int he 308, 3008 and RCZ. This engine is mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is a claimed combined 5.7L/100km, but across 300km the best we could average was 7.5L/100km.

We’ll come back to performance, ride and handling in a moment… I’d like to touch briefly on the look of the 508. When the new-look 508 arrived back in 2011 it was a staggering improvement for the brand. The car looked elegant and premium, better still, from the inside it felt elegant and premium too. So too does the refreshed version which sees the grille design come into line with other Peugeots, but I don’t think this new version is as eye-catching as its predecessor. But, looks are always in the eye of the beholder, so let’s not dwell on them.

2015 Peugeot 508 Allure car review

The sweeping shape and the new-look grille do indeed help the 508 standout from squarer competitors like the Skoda Superb and swoopier ones like the Ford Mondeo, and square, swoop ones like the Liberty. One thing you might notice from the profile photos is the relatively high shoulder line and the relatively short glasshouse of the 508. This suggests that room inside might be a little tight. It isn’t.

Slip behind the wheel and the 508 Allure looks every bit the premium sedan, with soft touch plastics, leather and beautifully textured finishes everywhere your eye falls. The dash is logically laid out, although it does take awhile to learn the infotainment unit and the quirky sat-nav system that utterly defeated me… familiarity would improve the experience, though. No such problems syncing your phone or fiddling with the climate control via the touchscreen; the touch function is sensitive without being overly so, and there’s minimal lag on the response time.

2015 Peugeot 508 Allure car review

The driver’s seat is comfortable, although it is located very low to the floor, even in its highest setting which means shorter passengers might feel even shorter. The steering wheel offers reasonable adjustment, although it can’t be raised high enough for my liking, giving the same feeling you get from a Falcon: that the steering wheel is sitting in your lap. Small gripe in the grand scheme, though.

Over in the back seats there’s plenty of head and shoulder room, while legroom in the back isn’t quite as generous as, say, a Skoda Superb complaints are unlikely. Indeed, thanks to scallop-style roof, taller passengers will be more comfortable in the back of the 508 than in the Ford Mondeo. I fitted two child seats to the back and, again, the kids had more than enough room. The integrated blinds in the doors mean you don’t have to carry stick-on blinds to keep sunlight off younger children. Nice.

2015 Peugeot 508 Allure car review

Because the floor in the back is virtually flat, the middle rear seat is actually usable for anyone with legs, meaning it’s not just a perch. Over in the boot, the refreshed 508 carries over with the previous car’s 497 litres of space, although if you fold down the rear seats this grows to 1533 litres. The wagon offers more: 612 and 1817 litres, respectively. The only gripe I have is that due to the sedan body, the rear boot opening is on the small side.

The engine offers more than enough oomph to flatten hills and make overtaking on the highway a cinch, however, from a standing start, thanks to no throttle pedal feel, you end up pushing a little too hard and getting a sudden rush of grunt to the front wheels, which ends up making the car feel awkward. But, once you’re up and moving, the gear shifts and throttle response become smooth and refined.

 

Peugeot’s used to be byword for comfort and handling, and while you haven’t been able to say that about their products for a long time, the Lion brand has found its form again with the 508 and the 308, but we’ll save that for the review of that car (which will be online later this week). The suspension is carried over from the car’s predecessor, which is a good thing as Peugeot got the 508’s temperament just right on its first go.

2015 Peugeot 508 Allure car review

The ride is firm, but not bone jarringly so, and body movements are kept well controlled, only the sharpest of unexpected hits will see the thing skip. The steering is direct, but it wants for feel, although that generally suits the nature of the car, if you know what I mean. See, the 508 isn’t a racer; it’s a car for crushing long distances in style. The brakes are strong and progressive in their feel.

In terms of refinement, up to 90km/h the 508 is whisper quiet, but above that you do get a faint whistle of wind. And, across coarser surfaces, you can hear the suspension working away underneath, but given how cosseting the rest of the experience is, it’s a minor thing that can be forgiven in isolation.

So, what do you get for your $45,990 (+ORC)? The 508 Allure we’re testing gets blind spot monitoring, reversing camera, the seven-inch touch screen with sat-nav, paddle shifters, LED daytime running lights, electric boot release and much more.

In terms of safety, the 508 gets a five-star ANCAP safety rating (tested in 2011; scored 35.10/37), reversing camera and blind spot monitoring, six airbags, seatbelt reminders on all seats, stability and traction controls, and hill assist.

Editor's Rating

Our first thoughts of the 2015 Peugeot 508 Allure
Practical Motoring Says: The Peugeot 508 was a cracker when it hit the market in 2011 and it's still a cracker thanks to some nips and tucks and an impressive specification list. Indeed, its standard features would put many other 'premium' makes to shame. The ride and handling is good, and there's plenty of room inside. So, if you're in the market for a premium family car then the Peugeot 508 is worth checking out, because it's got both style and substance.

2015 Peugeot 508 Allure car review

 


8 Comments

  1. AUSDAVIDZ
    August 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    You need to be VERY brave to buy one of these new///

    • August 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm — Reply

      Why’s that?

      • AUSDAVIDZ
        August 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm — Reply

        One word, tear-up….

        • mharrel
          August 13, 2015 at 11:24 am — Reply

          ???

          • August 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

            I second that… What do you mean by ‘tear-up’?

          • AUSDAVIDZ
            August 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm

            When you go too trade it in, not only will you burn $$$ but some dealers don’t even want it, like a saab, a orphan

  2. SteveC
    August 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    At the time I was looking to replace a Peugeot 307 Diesel Wagon the 508 was really overpriced and under-engined, featuring wheezy 1.6 litre petrol propulsion. This might have been good enough to go to the shops in the city but didn’t cut the mustard for country travel. The ‘new look’ in the 2015 model has reduced the 508 to an appliance. It could have been drawn somewhere in China. If I am to buy European I want to look distinctive.

    • August 18, 2015 at 9:32 am — Reply

      Fair points, Steve. I agree, I don’t think the new-look 508 is as distinctive looking as its predecessor. The look works on others in the range, like the 308, though.
      The 2.0-litre diesel engine is pretty lusty and everything seems well put together… certainly nothing fell off in the time we had the car… I once reviewed a Nissan Juke where the plastic cover over the transmission tunnel worked its way loose. I managed to get it back on, but it just kept working loose, but I digress… the diesel engine should be good for country driving. Isaac

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.