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AKE a good look at the car above – at first glance a top of the range Audi or Jaguar? Well no, ac­tu­ally, this is the new multi award-win­ning Peu­geot 508.

Yes that’s right, it is a Peu­geot – and it’s also a bit of a looker. I have been lucky enough to have tested many ex­otic or just re­leased cars over the years and so am used to peo­ple stop­ping tak­ing pic­tures.

But I never thought Peu­geot would pro­duce a car that had the same ef­fect – more than once when I left the 508 parked-up I re­turned to find some­one tak­ing a quick pic­ture.

Also I got a few ‘nice car mate’ com­ments, lots of looks on the road and it even caused a bit of a stir on the M.E.N car park - where they are used to see­ing all man­ner of ve­hi­cles in my park­ing space.

So ex­actly what is the new 508? It is Peu­geot’s flag­ship ex­ec­u­tive sa­loon, re­leased ear­lier this year, and the first one I have seen ‘in the flesh.’ A di­rect ri­val to well-specced Ger­man ex­ec­u­tive sa­loons but for a lot less money – sev­eral thou­sand pounds less than an equiv­a­lent Mercedes or Audi (al­though more than a Mon­deo or In­signia).

And when I say well specced the kit list is long and in­ter­est­ing. Top of that list is night vi­sion – a sys­tem us­ing the front park­ing cam­era which can de­tect ob­jects in near to­tal dark­ness. The big dig­i­tal in­stru­ment bin­na­cle ahead of the driver - mounted in Peu­geot’s now trade­mark ‘float­ing’ po­si­tion above the steer­ing wheel and so near to your line of sight - can dis­play a long list of dif­fer­ent views from tra­di­tional di­als to al­most the whole dis­play show­ing night vi­sion ahead.

This sys­tem can also iden­tify other ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists ect and high­lights them in the dis­play – clever stuff.

Driv­ing to see an old friend through the pitch black coun­try lanes near Black­pool I got a good chance to re­ally try this out.

It works too – al­though the urge to still look through the wind­screen is so strong it is more of a driv­ing aid rather than some­thing you can to­tally rely on to nav­i­gate through the black­ness. And when I came across a cy­clist with­out lights, prob­a­bly rid­ing home from the pub, and on the wrong side of the road on a pitch black lane the sys­tem spot­ted him be­fore I did and out­lined his shape on the dis­play – a real life­saver.

Also on the list are: wire­less phone charg­ing, dis­tinc­tive ‘slash’ front run­ning lights, ac­tive sus­pen­sion, leather trim with front seats heated and elec­tri­cally ad­justable with mas­sage and mem­ory func­tion, power smart tail­gate, premium sound sys­tem, smart 19-inch two-tone al­loy wheels, ‘cor­ner­ing’ LED head­lights and much more.

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Peu­geot 508 looks a lot like the Audi A5 Sport­back and is around the size of a Mon­deo but feels big­ger. Dis­tinc­tive front and rear lights in­clude LED ‘tusks’ in the front bumper.

Some 70kg lighter that the out­go­ing model our FWD 2.0-litre four-cylin­der turbo diesel has an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box. It’s of­fered with ei­ther 161bhp or 174bhp, while a 1.5-litre diesel, avail­able in man­ual only, has 129bhp and CO2 emis­sions of just 98g/km. Petrol ver­sions have a 1.6litre turbo with 178bhp or 221bhp.

Adap­tive dampers plus modes rang­ing from Eco to Sport (which im­proves throt­tle and steer­ing re­sponse and in­creases ex­haust vol­ume) come on our GT-Line and all ver­sions have that stylish, well put to­gether in­te­rior which has the i-cock­pit con­trol lay­out and ‘pi­ano key’ in­fo­tain­ment short­cut but­tons. Our car also had the 10-in ‘high­def­i­ni­tion’ cen­tral touch screen which looks good giv­ing nav­i­ga­tion map­ping more clearly than in other Peu­geots.

Fig­ures wise the 2-litre diesel 508 GT-Line gets from 0 to 62 in 8.4 sec­onds and will hit 143 mph while re­turn­ing a claimed 62 mpg.

Prices are from £25,000 for the Ac­tive 1.5L Blue HDi while our 2-litre GT-Line is from £31,089, while the top-of-the-range First Edi­tion comes in at £37,439 for the 2-litre ver­sion. It’s a stylish al­ter­na­tive to the Ger­man mid­sized ex­ec­u­tive op­po­si­tion which will be more ex­clu­sive on the road and cheaper to buy and run.

More info at www.peu­ BE­LIEVE it or not this beast is the lat­est SsangYong!

But it is not one you are likely to see on UK roads as the Rex­ton DKR has been built to tackle next year’s Dakar Rally - the world’s tough­est.

It has a dune buggy body style and is built to be strong, fast and light to over­come the many dif­fer­ent chal­lenges posed by the 11-day race in Peru in Jan­uary. With 10 hard stages, com­peti­tors race over 5,000 kilo­me­tres, 70 per cent of which is across dunes and sand.

The rear wheel drive car will com­pete in the two-wheel drive petrol ve­hi­cle class. It is pow­ered by a 450hp V8 race en­gine and can ac­cel­er­ate from 0 to 62mph in 4.4 sec­onds.

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