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Peugeot 508 SW 2.0 HDI Active: No More Sniffing Dog
March 31, 2015   
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Four years after its debut, the stylistically refreshed Peugeot 508 SW station wagon is joining the battle for supremacy in its market segment with new energy. The new Peugeot adds a new image to a long list of features that have won over customers and passed the test of time.

A few years ago, when I test-drove the old Peugeot 508, I had an opportunity to talk about the car with well-known Polish car designer Janusz Kaniewski, who has worked with automakers such as Fiat and Mazda and today runs his own studio, Kaniewski Design. He praised the design and highlighted the rather atypical grille of the Peugeot at the time. The almost square grille was mounted low, creating the impression that the entire front of the body was lowered. To better illustrate this, Kaniewski said that the car looked like a sniffing dog.

This comparison was so intriguing that it stuck in my mind and I immediately remembered it when I saw the new-look Peugeot 508 SW. The first thing that caught my eye was that the vehicle has a completely different grille: it is narrow, with a thick frame and the name “Peugeot” on it, along with a large logo, but also significantly raised and aligned with the headlights. The vehicle’s new LED headlights feature three square diodes and a new cover with a sharper shape. The front bumper has also been redesigned. The changes seem to be small, but the body has gained dynamism and distinctness. No more sniffing-dog effect.

During its several years on the Polish automotive market, the Peugeot 508 SW has established itself as not only an elegant but also very comfortable and practical car. Thanks to a large wheelbase (2,817 mm), one of the largest in its class, the passenger compartment is exceptionally roomy and ensures comfort for four adult passengers. They have a 518-liter luggage compartment at their disposal. If necessary, this can be increased to a respectable 1,556 l. by folding down the back seats.

The test-drive model was fitted with a 2 l./140 hp HDI diesel engine. This well-tested unit is used in many models of cars from the PSA corporation. It is dynamic and economical. Its maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2,000 rpm can accelerate the less than 1.5-ton vehicle from 0 to 100 kph in 9.8 seconds and enables it to achieve a top speed of 210 kph. According to the producer’s technical data, fuel consumption is as low as 4.6 l./100 km in combined city-highway use. In practice, things aren’t so rosy. During the test-drive in real-life conditions average consumption was 6.3 l./100km, and that was with me being gentle on the gas pedal. This is nonetheless enough to travel well over 1,000 km before refueling, given than the gas tank is a sizable 72 l.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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