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Monday, May 28, 2012

Test drive+Close up: Peugeot 508 THP

In this blog entry, I'm posting a Test drive and close up of Peugeot 508 THP (Turbo High Pressure).  The test drive route's a short 5km drive only, thanks to NASIM TTDI (more on that later).
This is a LARGE D-segment car with 2817mm wheelbase, 4792mm length and 2068mm width.  The sheer size, is as large as a BMW 5 series.  In Malaysia, this baby's yours at RM169,888 OTR for private registration with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty by NASIM.  

But this is a feature loaded car with 7" HD Colour screen World in Peugeot JBL Hifi-sound system with USB and Bluetooth and 10 speakers coupled with 10 channel 500w Surround sound amplifier. 

 Controlled by Peugeot's "I-drive"  control knob in centre console (picture below).  

  In addition, it also came with Colour HUD (Head up display) - picture above, Quad zone auto air cond, steering wheel with audio, cruise control and paddle shifters, Dynamic Bi-xenon headlamps with DRL, Intelligent keyless entry with push start button, Driver and front passanger 8 way elec seat with elec lumbar support, Leather seats, and steering wheel.

It's powered by 1.6 THP (Twin scroll Turbo high pressure) with Direct petrol injection DOHC 16v VVT.  It generates 156bhp@6000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1400rpm mated with 6 speed tiptronic with Paddle shift and sports mode.  Performance wise, claimed Max speed 220km/h (ECU limited) and 0-100km/h in 9.2 secs.  This's achieved with Great combined FC of 7.1l/100km (Fuel tank 72 litres).
Safety wise, it came with 5 star EURO NCAP Safety rating with 6 airbags, 4 discs brakes, front ventilated with ABS+EBD+BA+ASR+DSC+ESP, 2 ISOFIX Child anchor mount.

How's to the test drive:

Thanks to the Great suspension (front MacPherson struts with helical springs and dampers + anti roll bar and Rear Multi-arm with helical sprogs and multi-valve dampers) and steering (Electro-hydraulic Power steering), the car rides, handles and steers well.  It glides over bumps and corner like rails.  Like the Sales exec said, "THIS IS A TAME LION" compared to similar engine 308 Turbo.  

Since it's a TAME LION, the Power delivery is smooth and linear (But not underpowered), whisper quiet ride thanks to the great sound insulation and great aerodynamics of 0.26Cd.  There's only 1 weak link, the turning circle's a HUGE 11.9m.  

That's all I can comment as it's a short 5km return test drive (ie. too short).  Thanks to Jerry Yow for showing me around and Hussain Bin Hassan for accompanying me to test drive the car.

Well, there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words, here are the photos:

Above: This pretty much sums up everything.  Below: 235/45R18 wheels.

 Above: "Lion Clawed LED rear lights. Below: Bi-Xenon + headlight washers + DRL headlights.  Auto height adjustment and smart beam.

 Above: Excellent headroom, Below: Excellent legroom.

 Automatic Elec handbrake with Intelligent keyless entry with push Start stop button

 Above: Driver and passenger 8 way electronically adjustable seats + lumbar

 Above: JBL brand Hifi-system  with USB+Bluetooth connectivity and 10 speakers with 10 channel 500W surround sound amplifier.  Below: the stylish gear lever and Peugeot's "IDRIVE".

 Above and below: NICE VIEW (C-pillar) and 3D view of rear lights.  Reminds me of BMW E60.

 Above: Door opens 85 degrees with side sunshade.
 Above and below: Classy High quality Leather seats.

 Above: 545litres boot space expandable to 1244 litres by 60:40 split fold the rear seats.
 Above: 215/6016 Spare wheels (NOT Space saving donuts).

 Above: MORE BUTTONS...  Hidden...

 Above: NICE Menacing Grille.  I like.
 Above and below: the Test Drive.

 Above: Excellent Legroom.

 Above: Hidden Cup holders.

 Above: HUD (Head up display), below: Trip computer.

 Above: Bluetooth, Audio control, Auto cruise and paddle shift on steering.

 Above: Reminds me of Volvo.  Seatbelt warning lights.  But this is Quiet type.

 Above: NASIM TTDI is NO 1 performing branch in 2011.

Above: Rear 2 zone auto air cond.  Below: Xenon light for interior lightings.

 Above: ISOFIX Child Anchor rear seat (2x), Below: Rear sunshade.

 Above and Below: Versatile seating arrangements.

IN a nutshell, this is a credible alternative to Accord 2.4, Teana 2.5, New Camry 2.5 and NEW VW Passat 1.8.  This car's A CLASS ABOVE the Koreans namely Kia Optima K5 and Hyundai Sonata.  If you are shopping for a D-segment car, do consider this car or at least TEST DRIVE this baby before you decide to splurge your hard earned money.

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An Original Jeff Lim's (Otoreview's) production.  Not to be copied.  If you want to buy this car, call this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED patience, sincere and Professional Sales Executive: Mr. Jerry Yow, 012-331-6039.  DO mention that You're recommended by Jeff Lim for better deals.


  1. Anonymous2:22 PM

    11.9m tuning circle. I overlooked that. That's appalling. Good post

  2. Anonymous7:17 PM

    Hi Jeff, I like Peugeot 2008 and considering getting one but I receive all objections from friends saying that Peugeot is not reliable, often breakdown. May I know your view?

    1. 2008 is using proven PRINCE engine like 208 and Mini Cooper with trusty 4 speed auto. So reliability issue no problem. Now Peugeot got 5 years unlimited mileage warranty so go ahead and buy!

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