Peugeot 508 PSE SW.  This simple trick will save you €13,750!

Peugeot 508 PSE SW. This simple trick will save you €13,750!


It’s true, we’ve already tested the Peugeot 508 PSE. But the opportunity to get it back in hand presented itself; why not adjust our decision on the sports sedan in the range?

The story that connects Blogautomobile to the 508 PSE has a lot to do with Le Mans; on the one hand because his official tests took place there (Thomas was there, it is read again here), on the other hand because it is thanks to the last edition of the Le Mans Classic that I was able, it was my turn. to take the wheel of a more sporty Peugeot – as a reminder, I was invited by the brand and it was very nice. At first, it was a matter of taking it for a ride between Paris and the circuit, but the car really interested me, so I negotiated with the brand to keep it for a few extra days.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

And here I am, spending five days with this famous 508 PSE. The first contact is made in the basement of the Stellantis buildings and it is clear that the younger one has a face. 20″ rims, lowered body, widened tracks, dark chrome, distinctive grille, claps. I will enable you to be the judge of Selenium Gray and Kryptonite keys; themselves, the colors match well, but I have to admit to you that I am tired of seeing this modification of Nardo Grey on new things it’s a bit sporty.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

I don’t have much to say about the interior, however. We’ve known the internals of the 508 for four years but it still intrigues me; I find this dashboard still elegant. The software part is a bit dated, and the older generation’s main screen and counter graphics/animations are a bit slower than the latest models, but I’m still a fan of the generous wooden veneers, piano keys, overall design. . The seating capacity also remains modern, especially the unchanged trunk volume of 530 liters despite the appearance of an electric motor under the floor. In terms of upholstery, the best seats are dressed in a combination of materials, combining leather, fabric and alcantara (and some connecting Kryptonite, it will not be a question of forgetting the nature of the animal).

Let’s lift the hood and look at the engine of this 508 PSE: Peugeot Sport engineers combined PureTech 200 hp 1.6 with two electric motors, 110 hp in the gearbox and the second 113 hp in the rear axle, the last two being. powered by an 11.6 kWh battery. It offers many numbers: 4-wheel drive, 360 hp & 520 Nm together, 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 s and 1000 m stop to start in 24.5 s. To be there, we are in the S5 Sportback and Series 4 M440i series.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

But hey, it’s time to start. The first trip: direction Le Mans, which means joining the A11, setting the adaptive suspension in Comfort mode and setting the cruise control to 130 km / h. How good is the 508 PSE on the highway? He is doing very well, thank you for him. The frameless windows are of course sources of aero noise, but hey, you have to put a little pressure (as my grandmother would say) to enjoy the good sound system of Focal as a standard and therefore forget the discomfort. The overall comfort level of this 508 on the road probably does not reach that of the DS 9 but hey, I must say that the latter explodes all my bearings at this stage; just remember that Peugeot reduces kilometers without fatigue. Consumer standard and on a single charge at the start, I will have used 6.6 l/100 km in 587 km over the weekend.

Peugeot 508 SW EPS interior

And in the city? The 508 PSE promises to draw 42 km WLTP from its battery; I did…31 max, without even chasing him. Two comments: in the “electric” mode selected by default in every start, the 508 sends its power to the rear wheels, making the latter the first Peugeot propulsion for a while (apart from the iOn but hey, who remembers that? again) (away from me) (I’ll never forget you iOn); the second is that you drive the 508 with your fingers, with very light steering at low speeds and a very interesting turning point. Not bad for a 360 hp car.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

BALEC DU TURNING RADIUS JEAN-BAPTISTE, you will answer me after reading these last lines. You are absolutely right. So, let’s go into the depths of Yvelines, where beautiful, deserted roads are hidden. But first, a little context is necessary (yes, the time unit of this article is strawberries): when I got the 508, many were my colleagues and friends who had already tested the beast to warn me that the latter was disappointing in a strong area . (and again, I use understatement). “How hard are they”, I thought then. They weren’t.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

Well, endorsing all the dynamic capabilities of the 508 PSE and being “disappointed” is dishonesty that has no place on Blogautomobile. Let’s just say we can hope for more. If there is one thing that cannot be questioned, it is the quality of the chassis: the grip is amazing, the stable handling in Sport mode is very precise, the behavior is neutral – of course helped by the 4-wheel drive; add that the brake pedal with a very natural feeling and regeneration that increases its value a little added to tell you that the sequence of turns can be swallowed at a very high speed. A real Peugeot, what.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

Where I mark it is at the coupler level of the engine box. PureTech 4-cylinders are not known for their behavior and the engineers of Peugeot Sport could not do miracles: revving up is flat, bordering on the Belgian land, accompanied by an engine noise that reminds me more of bovine reduction than anything else. And this last step is unfortunately not helped by the EAT8 automatic gearbox which, being a marvel of smoothness and clarity in “normal” driving, tends to allow itself to be quickly overtaken when the speed increases. Its reaction times, in particular, are average, whether it’s a matter of dropping down a gear at a sudden speed or, on the contrary, shifting a few gears when lifting the foot at high revs (the resulting latency is very bad).

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

The last step: the question of the power spike given by Peugeot once the battery is exhausted. According to communicators, no problem, the battery will always have a low point to provide the boost needed to achieve the advertised performance. As for me, I’m a poor blogger, I don’t have a reliable and consistent way to estimate the power produced by an electric train; I only have straight lines with my phone. Using the second watch as a stopwatch, I developed a pseudo-scientific protocol: several to 100 kilometers per hour separated by the dead times needed to cool the mechanics. Results? Both between 6.12 and 6.37 s, a second more than advertised. Boost is there, so…but not 360 hp.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

In reflection, however, I must admit that these words – positive as negative – in terms of power are far from being a surprise to me: regarding the lack of motor behavior, I have already told you my regrets when taking the brief in the hand of the example of motorized blades DS 9 E-Tense 4×4 360; about the quality of the chassis, I wrote in July 2018, outside the press tests of the “regular” 508:

We feel that the chassis can support engines with more character, which means that it is equal to “only” 225 horsepower. The car responds calmly in all conditions, slightly sliding from the nose to the limit – but you have to drive like an idiot to reach them. In other cases, the direction is correct, the body roll is contained and, if the overall agility is not remarkable, the car covers with heart in turns. The adjustment of the running gear is simply amazing: what a perfect combination between handling and comfort!

A+B=C: no surprises, then. Contrary to Aristotle’s theory, 508 PSE is the sum of its parts.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

It’s time to conclude. Is the 508 PSE a bad car? Apart from that. Want to buy one? Save €13,750 and go with the 508 hybrid 225 hp GT Pack; for the same level of equipment, you will have a very nice car with an excellent chassis, with a good gearbox assembly and, above all, without making you expect any sporty claims. After all, Thomas rightly called: “he’s the one for you”.

Peugeot 508 SW PSE

Photo credits: Tutor of Hoonited (thanks to him!), Jean-Baptiste Passieux

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