RADICALLY stylish and sporty on the outside, elegant and sophisticated inside. The 2020 Peugeot 508 GT Fastback and Sportswagon are two sides of the same coin, both offering a truly French automotive experience.
It’s a car that will grab attention and have potential SUV buyers contemplating whether or not they really need an SUV. It could potentially deliver a resurgence towards traditional family sedans and wagons, such is its street appeal.
Powered by a 1.6-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 165kW of power and 300Nm of torque, it’s mated to a smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Peugeot claims 6.3-litres/100km, and there’s a 62-litre fuel tank.
The Peugeot 508 GT, in either form, offers a premium experience as you cruise the open roads, and you will be pleased by the smooth and responsive gear changes the automatic transmission offers, no matter the conditions.
The adaptive suspension feels great across multiple surfaces too, and the Peugeot feels really planted to the road. It provides confidence through corners, and offers five driving modes to suit your needs.
These include Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Manual mode. There are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for when you want to take full control. Safety is at the forefront of what the 2020 Peugeot 508 GT Fastback and Sportswagon offers too.
Inside, there’s a luxurious cabin space, with premium soft touch Nappa leather seating, complete with double diamond stitching and supportive lumber support. There’s even a uniquely designed perforated full grain leather steering wheel.
The massage front seats are electrically adjustable, but and all seats sit very low in the car. There is not a lot of space inside the the back seats, particularly in the fastback, and head room is poor across the duo. It’s made worse by the sunroof.
There are no roof line grab handles, which makes for a fantastic minimalist look and feel, but throws practicality out the window. The hidden coat hooks in the back also sit clothing right next to passengers faces; the result of the angled roof line.
Peugeot’s latest generation i-Cockpit interior design philosophy features here, with a fully customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
It features full support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 360-degree surround view parking system, and 3D satellite navigation system. It’s very easy to use and there’s an abundance of USB charging ports in the front and rear too.
The Focal 10-speaker audio system has a premium sound, offering a clean and crisp aural experience. There’s also a range of ambient settings that include mood lighting, and a variety of massage functions.
Storage space is in abundance, with a roomy console and glove box. There’s plenty of space in the boot in the fastback, with the hatch styled roof lending itself to 1,537-litres (with rear seats laid flat). The wagon offers 1,780-litres in the same scenario.
From a safety perspective, you’ll find driver alert warnings, lane keep assist with steering wheel feedback, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, high beam assist, LED headlights and DRLs, and dual zone climate control.
Peugeot tells us the rear lights have been inspired by the iconic 504, with the 3D claw effect LED lighting and tail lights performing a welcoming sequence when the vehicle is unlocked. It’s pretty cool to watch, even after a week of seeing it.
Available in nine colours, including Hurricane Grey, Pearlescent White, Ultimate Red, Artense Grey, Platinum Grey, Amazonite Grey, Near Black, Twilight Blue and Celebes Blue. You can roll on 18 or 19-inch wheels.
Up against the Mazda6 Atenza, which is priced at $56,458 plus on-roads, the 2020 Peugeot 508 GT variants have drive away pricing starting from $58,832. There is an engine capacity difference between the two, but performance specs are similar.
It comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assist for the same period. Peugeot servicing intervals are 20,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first.
Peugeot also guarantees servicing costs for the first four years, with the first and third service priced at $600, and the second and fourth service priced at $841 and $853 respectively.
Our test vehicles were provided by Peugeot Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Peugeot 508 GT Fastback and Sportswagon, contact your local Peugeot dealer.