Peugeot-508GT

The Peugeot 508 was a great addition to the executive fleet market when it was launched more than three years ago. And the GT version gives it a bit of extra pep writes Ian Strachan

The 508 GT is modern and elegant with striking design and superb comfort. In fact it’s one of those cars which is difficult to fault. And the GT spec is available on saloon and estate versions.

From the front you have the 508’s feline headlights and smart shark-like grille. From the side the 508 has sculpted, flowing and well-balanced lines and great 19 inch alloys, and from the back, there’s the high boot and stylish light cluster. Whichever way you look at it, this car is a good-looker.

The inside is nice too. The electrically adjustable, heated front seats are extremely comfortable with a good range of adjustment. There are plenty of storage spaces around the interior, and all instruments are clear and accessible. There’s also a head-up display, which takes a little bit of getting used to, but once you have it’s a good feature, showing speed and navigation instructions.

I drove the nippy 204 brake horsepower 508 GT HDi 200 powered by a smooth 2.2 litre direct injection diesel engine. It’s supremely quiet, even when worked hard, with good acceleration and flexibility. Mated to a very smooth automatic box you also get good economy; 49.6 miles to the gallon in mixed driving. Not bad at all for a big car.

Ride and handling are excellent thanks to a lightweight chassis and good suspension.

Specification on the GT trim level is generous. Standard equipment includes leather seats, electrically folding heated door mirrors (they fold automatically when you lock the doors) automatic windscreen wipers and directional headlights, daytime running lights, remote central locking with keyless entry, locking and ignition, cruise control, front and rear parking aid with rear camera, satellite navigation, automatic air conditioning , airbags all round and those smart alloys. On the road price for this spec is £30,645. Not cheap, but you get a lot of car for your money.

I like this French saloon a lot. For my money it’s the car best in its sector.

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