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Peugeot 508 Touring HDi Allure (2012)
THE 508 ALLURE sedan rated well enough to be a class finalist in Australia’s Best Cars testing at the end of 2011.
The Touring version retains handsome body styling (our test car drew a number of compliments) and adds the versatility of a good-sized load area thanks to its wagon body. A split-fold rear seat, ski-port, and a nice low cargo bay load lip aid practicality.
There’s only one specification, the well-equipped Allure, though buyers can opt for a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol or the 2.0-litre HDi turbo-diesel (as tested).
It can feel a little tardy due to turbo-lag when looking for a quick get away from a standing start, such as entering flowing traffic. Once underway though, response is more purposeful and the standard six-speed auto offers smooth shifts and willing kick-downs.
Official fuel consumption figures are respectable too. Consistently weighted, accurate steering; decent grip levels; lively cornering skills; plus effective brakes, add up to polished road manners.
Ride, even on the optional 18” wheels and tyres fitted to our test car, is firm but still composed and comfortable.
Comfortable front seats that include cushion tilt and four-way lumbar adjustment, plus good occupant space, are other likeable traits.
The parallel parking space measurement system checks and advises the driver if there is sufficient space and the degree of difficulty of the manoeuvre.
Useful cargo area, standard equipment, road manners, styling
Performance from standing start, satnav a $1500 option
Quad-zone climate control, 17”alloys, proximity entry/keyless start, cruise control with memory and speed limiter, auto-dim mirror, front/rear park sensors, parallel park space measurement system, bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers, leather trim, power front seats, CD with USB, daytime running lights, panoramic glass roof
Dual front/ side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC), front seatbelt pre-tensioners/load limiters
||508 Touring HDi Allure
||Large Under $60,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.0- litre, turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
||120 kW @ 3750 rpm
||340 Nm @ 2000 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||10.7 sec (average, as tested)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||23.3 m (average, as tested)
||5.7 litres/100 km
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.