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  1. How much does this car cost? Considering this is a Mondeo rival in Europe i hope we do not have to pay an extreme cost for the exclusiveness of the brand in OZ.

    • “Instead it’ll be battling it out with the Passat and even the Audi A4 for dominance in the world’s company car parks.”

      So they are thinking VW Passat money ($40k-$60k)… A4? are they dreaming?

      Mondeo Titanium TDCI for $45k for me thanks.

  2. BarryHamburger says:

    That is a seriously good looking car. Any output figures?

  3. A bit dull looking compared to the 407. And what’s with the back end of the saloon, it looks like someone welded on the rear end of the 308 CC to it.

  4. Yet another dopey stop/start button

  5. Looks like a great improvement on the 407 and have heard other equally positive reviews on other websites.

    CA, any reason why photos weren’t taken of the actual car tested? All these photos appear to be official Peugeot shots.

  6. Looks like a Honda Accord with an Audi grille. Maybe it looks better in person.

  7. Love the look. Very nice looking car.

  8. one thing always concerns me about the news that there is a new car on the market and it does seem to always pass the report by that is what are the service costs for the car? Peugeot’s are known to be expensive as ar eother imported cars. VW’s can be expensive and i am not sure on Skoda?

    can this information on 15k – 30k etc services and intervals be added to the articles if the manufacture so wished to allow it? I think Honda are doing fixed servicing shortly and Mitsubishi/ Toyota must think it is ok?

    If you do not live in the city fixed costs for servicing can make a great deal of sense.

    • Service costs are under the Assured Service Program at $330 per annum for the first 3 years.

      As an aside my $13,990 car costs more than a 308 to service so things aren’t always what you think.


  9. Looks great – enough said

  10. So, pricing will be competive against Passat and A4? Judging by the pricing of 3008 and 4007, this one will be overpriced too.

  11. Yes I agree, Ive always loved the look of the Peugeots and Citroens and would love to own one. After owning a VW Golf TDI and the crazy servicing costs, I dont think I want to own another Euro Car, it would be good if all manufacturers published a list of service intervals and costs to help people make an informed decision before purchase.

    • I pay about $500 every 15000 km ( about once per year)to service my ’08 Vw Touareg 3.0TDI @ Jackson VW, Launceston..is that crazy? I honestly don’t know..can anyone give examples for similar cars?

      • ..also, maybe servicing costs aren’t uniform & controlled by manufacturers..maybe some dealers are dishonest/greedy & over charge..if so then can’t really blame the manufacturers for that.

  12. I love me some Peugeot!

  13. The real reason carmakers choose Spain for launches is because it received lots of $$$ when it joined the EU to improve its road network. Even B-grade roads there are incredibly smooth hotmix. Launches there often mask suspension and NVH problems that crop up by the time the vehicles reach Australia…
    Also, does anyone else find it incredibly hard to read Caradvice road reports? Breaking the copy flow with photos is really annoying. Haven’t you guys heard of text-wrapping copy around pics?

  14. …introverted rear of the sedan is what I meant, the 407 estate’s rear was just fine. Jememy Clarkson’s thought the previous generation Renault Laguna estate was one of the most attractive estates at the time, circa 2006, I’m of the opinion the 407 was.

  15. Peugeot is a very unreliable car and that all I have to say about it.

    • James Cortez says:


      I rented a 306 about 11 years ago when I lived in Qatar and the car was very good apart from the AC.

      2004 – 2006 I owned a 206 GTi (not the 130 Kw but the 102 KW and it had plenty of torque, AC was very good and the car was reliable.

      2008: My wife\’s XC90 was up for repair (she crashed it) and we rented a 407 sedan for 8 weeks. Very good car, AC was good, stable and comfortable.

      2010: Sold the Volvo and bought a second hand 307 , 2 liter, Automatic, fully optioned with only 7000 km on the clock. To this date no problem whatsoever, electric, AC are all working fine. In fact in the 48 degree C summer in the gulf the AC is very good.

      I wonder if your comment on Peugeot\’s reliability is based on ownership or other people\’s words.

      • Myth spread by the “only buy aussie mob , everything else breaks down ” , i have had it shoved at me everytime we but a jap, french or german car , quite funny actaully when you hear the VE stories .

        My girl drives 206GTI 55K only problem minor electics dash , fixed under warranty .

        I feel that its the way a car is driven and hows it serviced that dictates problems .

    • Is this from personal experience, or word-of-myth?
      Sounds like the latter. Peugeot is a manufacturer of many types of cars (including bicycles and scooters), not just one car.

    • I completely agree Bank. My mum just bought a brand new 308 3 months ago, and after the first 2 weeks it started shaking and turning off when the engine is cold. The car went for the first service and has been with Trivett Peugeot for just over the last 2 weeks – they cannot diagnose the problem. I told her not to get a Peugeot, but she loved the look of it. Very poor from an established manufacturer.

    • It was from persenel experience and from a few friends who own them (not just a friend).

      Let me start with my Mom 405 , man……the heat problem could never be resolved untill the machanic guy decided to put an extra water tank on it after so many years of issues(This is out of the normal 405 car design and I am not a machanic). It broke down on us so many times and often on long distance drive.

      A friend who lives a few houses away also own a 405 …. lots of problem as well.

      Another friend own a newer one. It a 307…she had been having issues with it. Don’t remember exactly what are the issues but basically sold it last year and bought a new Audi A3

      Trust me…I wouldn’t buy a Peugeot doesn’t matter how good it may looks.

      • yer 405 well how old is that probably done 300k , 307 has issues but cant remember .

        Maybe the 405 just needed a new radiator , but an extra tank on the roof would help

      • Wow! That is some truly startling anecdotal evidence you have given us there Bank. You heard it here first people. Don’t buy a 2011 Peugeot 508, because Bank’s cousin’s, aunt’s next door neighbour had a 405 in 1993 that got a flat tyre once.

    • I can tell what series 405 it was. It was a seies 1. Series 2 was great. I have a 306, got it at 87k, now done 206k. Replaced 2 eng mounts 1 needed, did the other thinkn how the other might had been stressed. Other than cambelt – nothing. Eats k’s with the greatest of ease. Brilliant car. Would beat wrx around corners. I’ve owned Pugs for over twenty years and they’re trusty dependable cars and are the best 4cyl car for touring- shaming many 6cyl in comparison. the oldest car company on the planet- MB was formed in 1927 tho Benz made first car in 1886

  16. I have had my 206 for 10 years and its still a great car
    never had any reliability issues

    I will be looking to update to the 508 when it’s released

    If peugeot price this between $30,000 (entry) – $40,000 (top spec) they will have a worthy challenger to VW Passat, Mazda 6,Suzuki Kizashi (cars which i would shop it against) in the mid size, mid range category

  17. Ok I will bite so where is the spare tyre going by the above pictures of the boot PLEASE don’t say they have RFT or a Mobility Kit!!

    • Daicos Mullets says:

      If it’s anything like most other Peugeots, the spare tyre will be in a cradle on the underside of the car, not inside the boot at all.

  18. I like my 407.

  19. In Germany price starts from 23,050 Euro = 31,500AUD

  20. Save It for the track says:

    Can’t see this doing too well here, due to a number of factors. 1.6l in a vehicle this size? Not something that appeals to the Australian market. Given no power/torque figures have been quoted, one can only guess that it would be around the current 80kW level of the 1.6 diesel in the 308’s, given that a 2.0l diesel peugeot engien is 100kW. I predict that these will end up like many a Renault and Citroen (particularly Renault lagunas), that is discounted to the hilt by many thousands after laying about dealerships for a year or so. Some models and brands despite how good the car may be, are just overpriced and under appreciated in Australia.
    I drove a 308 wagon through Europe for over a month and it never missed a beat.

    • The new 2.0L diesel produces 120kW and 340NM and the new 2.2L diesel is a twin tirbo unit that produces 150kW and 450NM. These will be the volume sellers in Australia.

  21. Hopefully the pricing will be as redefined and redeveloped as the car itself…

  22. Why import the higher end version? As if we aren’t being ripped off enough with the 33% luxury tax.

    Why not import the base model diesel and see how it fares then?

    I predict they will sell about 50 cars a year with this spec.

    PS. 1.6 TD is plenty. You’d be surprised.

  23. Suntory time says:

    Nice looking car.

  24. Save It for the track says:

    No, steven I wouldn’t be surprised, having driven a 1.6L peugeot turbodiesel (and a less powerful version than Aus spec too) in Europe. My point is that Aus expectations are different to Europe, and 1.6L will likely be seen by many as too small. Given that this 508 will be heavier than a 308, it will probably have leisurely performance, unless they’ve got a new hot shoe version of the 1.6L turbodiesel.

    • The new Euro V 1.6 HDi is 82kW + 270Nm so while it probably won’t be Porche-fast it should do quite well and be very fuel efficient esp with Stop Start.

      We’ll see if people in Oz are open to that or not.


  25. The 207GTI is a 1.6L turbo that has 128kW. The 207GT has the same motor but only 110kW. So a lot will depend on the tuning of the 1.6L petrol motor in the 508. That is a really big car though, I think I read 5 metres long, and so psychologically it will be hard to shift it as a 1.6L car in Australia even if it drives OK.

  26. our 1995 3.0 v6 magna auto has 470,000km no new parts other than timing belts every 100,000. oilchange 20,000 if I remember with a filter.

  27. Hi All,

    I have owned many Pugs, and I have loved them all but i would like to straighten a few things out for people. The “CAN” system that we now know of that is used by all European car manufactures now was designed by Peugeot hence the reason for Electical problems in the past. They tested and trialed it and all the car manufactures basically copied! As for ford all deisel fords that come out of Eruope i.e Mondeo, Focus and terriorty are all pugeot diesel engines, same is said for Jag, and land rover and many other car manufactures…. why is this? Peugeot build some of the best deisel engines in the market place.
    As for cost I beleive this car will be around the $50K starting price around the same as the C5X7, it should still however should cheaper than a top of the line Passat or A4. I agree that the 3008 is a little over priced I just brought one, however in saying that it is a fantastic car ugly, but fantastic infact better than my 307cc or 407 that I have owned and own.

    If you have issues with your pugs ask your dealer to do a software upgrade on the ECU it makes a massive difference and the car drives sooo much better.

    • Wouldn’t you think the stealer er dealer would automatically upgrade the ecu software for his loyal customers / owners or is this an extra cost option???
      Wish I could get them to upgrade the particle filter in my 407 which is giving me the absolute s#*@s with block messages.

  28. I own 206 gti for 11yrs and now a 308 sw as well. I think Peugeot is on the right track on the build of its cars. The problem is when it gets here in oz is that we are almost guaranteed to receive the washed down version of the car…not to mention the costly price stucture of its service. Its certainly not the type of cars you want to own and sell in near future.

  29. I am just surprised that the + point suppose to be “As good as a Volkswagen Passat” but said Volkswagen is a really lousy excuse for a car.
    While in terms of habitability and performance the Volkswagen is OK, its reliability is abysmal compared to the Peugeot.

  30. I don’t understand the comments about Peugeots being unreliable. I have owned 5 over the years, a 504, 505, 405, 406 and 407 at present. Not one has ever let me down. I often get crude comments regarding these cars from people who have never owned or even driven one of these vehicles and like Top Gear when asked what is wrong with them the standard reply is that they are French. Before I purchased the 407 I thought I should look around at what all the so called experts were claiming as superior cars. Looked at virtually every other brand then was more convinced than ever to return to the Peugeot. I believe the 508 will just another step up in the great Peaugeot quality. I can accept fair criticisum from fair minded people but if you don’t know what you are talking about please keep it to yourself.

  31. I have owned a 308 wagon last 2 years. Love getting into it every time. Motor doesnt skip a beat. A couple of issues though. Servicing is pricey. The spare in the boot that a service guy needs to change your flat tyre can mean an hour to an hour and a half wait for him to arrive. Not sure what would happen out on the country roads of Tas where Vodafone access is non existent what would happen. I still love the car even though I might shop around for my next purchase. Servicing is a key factor in these tough times.

  32. JACK ALEMIAN says:

    I bet the 508 will be a lemon like their 407. My best advice is to keep away from so called french cars .

    Extremely disappointed owner of a 407

    • Thats why God invented Japanese cars….

    • I know how you feel Jack. From a lovely 406 to this piece of work.

      • Just something to keep in mind. The 407 and 307 were kinda test cars for peugeot. They were the first cars to start using the CAN system as we know it. So they had quite a few electrical problems. The series 2 407 were aprantly a huge step forward and I don’t know many people that have problems with the 207,308 either. I now have a 307cc and a 3008 and they are almost problem free (touch wood.) BUt why knock the French they have been doing it a lot longer than any of their rivals! As they are the second oldest car manufacture to Merc. Trust me i have owned 7 of them and they have all been problem free including my 407!

  33. Have made the switch to a 508 Alure Wagon, VERY impressed in EVERY aspect, extremly quiet, smooth, build quality is excellent, amazing economy, cant find any fault. Love all of the creature cumforts. After 25 years of Holden and Falcon, what a great experience, the 508 is a great car.

    • How did you make the switch already, Brian? Websites are telling us Australian sales start on July 15!? Are you a Peugeot Australia employee?
      Since you have one already, do you know the pricing? I was keen on a Passat 125TDI wagon, but the 508 wagon could be a better option, depending on price/spec balance…

  34. Have had a 407 sw now for three years great family car and never missed a beat! Hdi 2.0 l is a really good engine and gets good kms per liter. I love it.

  35. ok, i have one problem with the way they are marketing this car! They keep comparing to the Passat but why not the Audi A4 or Bmw 1 series??? This is even better than a c class Merc. I sat in one the other day and it is fantastic. Best Pug I have ever seen and trust me i have owned a few!

  36. Edieta Garzia says:

    How to install navigation map (DG4) on Peugeot 508???
    Please give me info.

    • HI Edieta,

      Have you brought one with nav or do you want to install a navagtion system.

      Alpine make a head unit that is a single din unit that will woprk with this car also giving you hands free and rear camera if you require. If you do not however and the car came with a nav unit but no maps this is because of the the demo’s cars that came into the country for press release.
      Normally if you get the right map it should just update when you insert the disk into the disk drive.
      But to my knowledge no maps are available until end of year or when ordered from factory, as Peugeot Australia do not hold stock of ones with sat nav yet!

  37. Having driven Maximas,Honda Accords and currently Subaru Liberty (which I may add has not been without incessant problems) I recently decided to look around and think European. The specs on the 508GT Turbo apealed to me so last week I went on an extensive and I mean extensive test drive of around 30kms.Conclusion the car handled everything I gave it cornering ,roundabouts,sharp turns and acceleration both on urban roads and motorway. It was quiet, handled superbly had ease of instrument in an uncluttered dashboard and to be honest far surpassed the performance of my other previous vehicles. Having the necessity to drive many kms per year on country roads my assessment would be professional in findings. After hearing the negatives from those that incidentally had not driven but heard word for mouth not to consider a Peugeot I was blown away by the experience to the point that next day I went and ordered the 508GT twin turbo 2.2 without hesitation. the 4 month wait from Europe will be well worth it and hats off to the professional attitude of Trivett Peugeot in Parramatta for introducing me to this new model.

    • Like Robert above I have driven Japanese including my current Accord Euro a truly excellent car for the past three years. Unfortunately Honda decided on a poor upgrade so I needed to look further afield, I didn’t want another 3 years of the same thing.
      In one day I drove the Renault Latitude, Passat and the 508.
      As a result I have placed an order for the 508 Allure, the pick based on drive ability, quality, look, feel and exceptionally well priced options.
      looking forward to it’s arrival! Standard price servicing another attraction.
      I challenge the ney sayers above to drive one before they make comment.

  38. Danali Motors says:

    How much dose the car cost?

  39. I feel it feels very tinny I also believe that I should have an opinion of a 6 cy diesel twin turbo now that would be something to see and frighten the other car markets!

  40. Its a nice car, i did the test drive for about 10 km, and i’m buying it for xmas 2011

  41. Unhappy scotsboy says:

    Anyone had a problem with trying to get this to start, when it tells you the steering wheel needs unlocked?  It Wont start, so u are stuck…. Have tried waling away, locking, opening, relocking etc. nothing.. U r now complete stuck wherever u are…. Would have been so bad, had I not started the car to de-ice and then stop it…..  

    • Hello.. I got the same problem with my car and I coul not start it with that same weird message. The service center failed to start it too till now! Can you tell me exactly how did you resolve this issue? What do you mean br de-ice?

  42. liver_pool25 says:

    Im glad that peugeot has launched the 508. BUT to be very honest, It is not that good. The new VW jetta is much better than this car in sense of all factors ie handling, power, gear ratio. To add on Jetta is much cheaper than this. It is no where better than jetta, what more want to compare with passat??Passat is way too higher than this. French, plz come out with something better the nx time.tq

  43. As an ex 607 owner, the 508 is a much more powerful car but, with the same degree of comfort as the 607. The steering wheel controls take a bit of getting used to as do the many other ‘bells and whistles’. It’s most endearing feature? The very good fuel efficiency. Mine is currently running at 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
    BTW Does anybody know how to simply upgrade the maps without losing any existing alerts?

Peugeot 508 Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$20,240 - $23,000
Dealer Retail
$21,550 - $25,630
Dealer Trade
$15,900 - $18,400
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
340Nm @  2000rpm
Max. Power
120kW @  3750rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
5.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1375  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
215/55 R17
Rear Tyres
215/55 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Standard Features
Sport Seats
Control & Handling
Traction Control System
Trip Computer
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Power Windows
Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Top Scuttle
Country of Origin