Peugeot cruises to the fore
THE PSA group, which manufacturers Peugeot and Citroen cars and commercials, makes some of the best built diesel engines today and many are used by rival marques, even in the luxury bracket.
In the diesel stakes, the best technology comes to the fore in the 1.6 litre HDi 112 bhp unit, which is recognised as one of the cleanest and most economical engines on the market. This engine is used in the 508 saloon and now the new 508 SW estate has the option of the more powerful 2-litre 140 bhp. This is the ideal choice for the high mileage driver who wants that bit of extra power, which makes for more relaxed driving.
The 1.6 HDi unit is already a favourite with the 'reps' brigade with up to 65 mpg on long journeys. But with the better power-to-weight ratio, the 2-litre comes in with even better figures and cruises happily at 2000 revs approaching motorway speed limits. This makes for a very long life engine with a good torque range. For those who want automatic transmission there is a 2-litre HDi with 163 bhp.
There are three levels of trim available in the 508 league with bi-zone climate control and an eight-speaker entertainment system available at the mid Active level, with automatic wipers and lights adding to the easy driving feeling. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, and full marks to Peugeot -- there is a full-size alloy spare under the boot space. Anti-theft wheel nuts are fitted, which is a good thing these days as there is a growing list of complaints about wheels and even exhaust systems being stolen while vehicles are in shopping centre car parks.
Prices start at €28,000 for the 1.6 version at this level of trim, and the 2-litre is priced at €30,600 .