The lion purrs

It’s no game changer, but it is a wel­come de­par­ture from the usual sus­pects

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test - STU­ART MARTIN stu­art.martin@cars­

THE orig­i­nal Lion brand has been in and out of my life since I first drew breath. I grew up rid­ing in the back of a 504 and spent for­ma­tive years in a 405, 205, 505 and a clas­sic 404.

If Peu­geots mean any­thing to you, these model num­bers speak louder than words.

Cars­guide has highly praised the 208 light car that, while wor­thy, is just too small for some of us. Af­ter the best­for­got­ten 407, the 508 is the car that’s sup­posed to re­turn the brand’s rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lent big­ger cars.


Priced from $42,990, the Al­lure with 2.0-litre tur­bod­iesel with a six-speed auto is $10,000 cheaper than the top­spec GT we drove re­cently.

It’s down on a few fea­tures – as well 30kW/110Nm – but none of this was sorely missed.

The fea­tures list also in­cludes a good qual­ity (in sound at least) eight-speaker sound sys­tem with Blue­tooth and USB con­nec­tiv­ity, power- ad­justable and heated front seats, leather trim, a four-zone cli­mate con­trol sys­tem, side and rear man­ual sun blinds, a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel and 17in al­loy wheels (and a full-size spare).

Re­mote key­less en­try and start, front and rear park­ing sen­sors (with visual warn­ing on

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