Dec 06, 2017
The Peugeot 508 was first time launched into the Nigerian market in 2015 and achieved an instant success. Since then, Peugeot 508 has received constant upgrades and refinements to further meet the luxury needs of new car buyers. As remarked by Kunle Afolayan, the brand ambassador for Peugeot in Nigeria, “it is a very fuel efficient car; in fact, it is the most fuel-efficient car I have driven. I do a lot of travels out of town, I have discovered that the engine runs very smoothly; you can hardly hear the sound, the interior is very roomy and comfortable.” Naijauto exclusive review shall explore what the French marque has to offer Nigerian drivers with its Peugeot 508 2017 version.
It seems that Peugeot tries to give the 508 a four-door coupe look rather than an average, traditional saloon
The Peugeot 508 2017 design creates a premium sense for beholders, from both inside and out. Peugeot 508 in its 2017 version possesses a sweeping shape and a unique nose that incorporates a new grille and LED headlights. Underneath the Peugeot 508’s tall, flat hood is an almost verticle grille, highlighted by the iconic Peugeot Lion badge. It seems that Peugeot tries to give the 508 a four-door coupe look such as Mercedes CLS rather than an average, traditional saloon and in our mind, it deserves appreciation. Rearward, the potent bumper and the square taillights add to its angular, imposing appearance. Overall, the 508 possesses a neat, plain design that well attracts conservative buyers.
The potent bumper and the square taillights add to its angular, imposing appearance
Size-wise, the Peugeot 508 2017 measures up to 4,830mm long, 1,853mm wide and 1,456mm tall. With such body figures, the Peugeot 508 2017 places itself right in the middle of the D-segment saloon that includes the Volkswagen Passat (4,767mm), the Ford Mondeo (4,871) and the Vauxhall Insignia (4,842mm).
The Peugeot 508 2017 measures up to 4,830mm long, 1,853mm wide and 1,456mm tall
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Given its sizeable dimensions, you can expect a decent space inside and the Peugeot 508 2017 does deliver. Occupants, even tall adults, aren’t going to struggle for head or legroom be it they are sitting in the front or back. No seat appears an afterthought as there are generous shoulder and footwell room for all passengers. Decent range of electronic adjustment for the seats and steering wheel is also found, however, the driver seat is positioned too close to the floor even in its highest setting, meaning that the driver has to sit with his leg stretching.
The driver seat is positioned too close to the floor even in its highest setting
The Peugeot 508 2017 is more than a match to most mainstream rivals when it comes to interior thanks to its soft-touching plastic details, solid control and an array of attractive trims. So to compare with a Vauxhall Insignia or a Ford Mondeo, the Peugeot 508 2017 is definitely superior, but it might not beat the Audi A4 or VW Passat.
The buttons and dials may overwhelm drivers at the first look
On the dashboard, the buttons and dials may overwhelm drivers at the first look and it takes a bit more than ordinary effort to learn what each does. The same impression can be felt on the steering wheel which is also scattered with buttons and dials. Another minus is that it seems Peugeot didn’t very well think of the interior storage as there is a slight shortage of practical pocket for keeping small items like mobile phone or bottle. Despite the existence of a pair of fold-out cup holders beneath the touchscreen, it might be of little use due to the fact that it is on the way of the infotainment display.
The Peugeot 508’s 7-inch touchscreen
Peugeot is generous when it comes to standard features. All the 508 line-up models are provided with a high-level infotainment system, embodying a 7-inch touchscreen sat-nav and a 5-year free map update. Also standard is DAB radio, CD player, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance, electric folding door mirrors, tinted windows, reversing camera, along with cruise control and automatic dual-zone air conditioning. However, shorter drivers may find the touchscreen too recessed into the dash, making it appear smaller and more difficult to safely operate from the wheel.
The 508 is generally quiet and pleasant thanks to the well-insulated cabin that works well with the supple suspension
When in motion, the Peugeot 508 2017 is generally quiet and pleasant thanks to the well-insulated cabin that works well with the supple suspension. The Peugeot 508 2017 cabin has a praise-worthy soundproof ability as minimal road, engine and wind noises make their way in, though we do notice a few squeaking from the dashboard as we navigated coarser roads.
All variant employs BlueHDi engines with exclusive exhaust cleaning technology that reduces emissions and almost eliminates particulates. As claimed by Peugeot, the technology keeps the consumption and CO2 emission as low as currently possible, and all meet the latest Euro 6 requirements.
Peugeot 508’s steering is very responsive, offering a lot of feel and the car feels agile overall
Peugeot 508 2017’s steering is very responsive, offering a lot of feel and the car feels agile overall. Both the Allure and the top-of-the-range GT incorporate an automatics 6-speed gearbox which is able to yield impressive 120kW, 340Nm at 3750 rpm and 133kW, 400Nm at 2000 revs, respectively.
Its 72-litre fuel tank can survive the 508 a remarkable distance of 1636km without refueling
The Peugeot 508 2017’s new 2.0-litre has been factory-tested for fuel consumption. It costs 4.4 litre every 100km on the combined cycle, emitting 114g per 100km. Once fully filled, its 72-litre fuel tank can survive the Peugeot 508 a remarkable distance of 1636km without refueling.
Peugeot 508 2017 price tag in Nigeria market starts at N15,324,000 including VAT.
With a few notable exceptions, it can be seen that the Peugeot 508 2017 largely targets those prefer safer and comfortable drives rather than thrill seekers, or those who are more likely to be driven rather drive themselves. And given its upmarket looks and its price tag, Peugeot 508 2017 may be a wise choice for businessman and well-heeled customers.
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