Peugeot’s 508 GT fastback – French flair in a striking four-door liftback
Today, talking about Peugeot’s flagship 508 – two variants – Fastback and Sportswagon, sensibly in one well-equipped GT grade – the Fastback sedan I tested at $59,840 really draws eyes with its stunning styling, a very individual car that is beautifully executed inside and out and a far cry from the non-descript previous model – a front-wheel-drive powered by a 1.6-litre turbo 165kW four-cylinder driving through an 8-speed torque-converter automatic with manual shift paddles.
A French car with real panache and a sporty flair riding on a fully adaptive electronic suspension which is well controlled but skewed to ride comfort. Sportier settings bring sharper steering, firmer suspension and quicker gear shifts. Packed full of drive assist safety and features like Nappa leather seats with massage function, a 10-speaker stereo and a well-placed 10-inch high definition centre screen.
The steering wheel with flat top and bottom falls nicely to hand, its practical nature makes it easy to get behind the wheel with good instrument visibility. A low roof line makes access a little harder and rear seat headroom is a little restrictive while another criticism is the complex functionality of its infotainment touch screen.
But if you like individuality in your motoring this is a very distinctive prestige model with a difference . Warranty – five years/unlimited kilometres.
I’m David Berthon.
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