Peugeot 508 Fastback outclasses all its rivals for looks, matches most for their drive but won’t be cheap and will leave some buyers wanting more space
Peugeot once ruled the roost when it came to making large comfortable family sedans. Back in the 1960s and ’70s few car-makers, Ford, Holden and the Germans included, could measure up to the legendary Aussie-assembled 404 and 504’s cossetting ride, decent drive, unburstable reliability and ability to shrug off huge distances. Peugeot’s success continued, globally at least, into the early ’90s before suddenly losing its way. Fast forward and Peugeot claims it has rediscovered the formula for a compelling large sedan with its new 508 — a car the French car-maker hopes will once again tempt Australians to turn their back on not only the Holden Commodore but more expensive premium rivals.
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