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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Lindy George She says Peugeot 508 GT T he first-ever Peugeot (a three-wheeled steam powered automobile) was manufactured in 1889 – they’ve been around for some time. So why do we all refer to them as ‘Pugs’? Well, from my research, no-one can quite get the spelling of ‘Peugeot’ correct! Our test car is the Peugeot 508 GT – a beautifully built (of course) 2.2 HDi 6-speed automatic. The diesel motor chugs a little, but only if you’re on the outside – you of course, will be in the driver’s seat where it’s perfectly quiet. The GT has all the usual safety features worthy of a 5-star ANCAP rating – Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and six airbags. For your convenience there’s hands-free remote central locking (never fumble for your keys again), keyless push button start, electric park brake, hill assist, front and rear park assist, rain-sensing wipers, cr uise control, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, driver’s seat memory settings, climate control, rear sun blinds, Bluetooth and we optioned up with easily programmable Sat Nav. And now for the really awesome stuff – if you have heated leather seats w ith lumbar support, what more could you possibly ask for? Well, how about a massage? Yes, the driver (that would be me) was somewhat spoilt with a one hour massage (in six minute cycles) that kept me relaxed, comfor table and alert! Want more? – your directional headlights (with washers) have adaptive lighting which automatically changes your headlights between high and low beam using a sensor in the rear view mirror. You also have parking space sensors that measure the area available and will indicate if parking is possible, difficult or not adv ised. If you proceed to park, then your electric (heated) side mirrors automatically tilt prov iding a view of the ground during the manoeuvre – but, is there another motorist in Tassie patient enough to allow you to go through the process ... probably not! Every possible piece of information is at your fingertips including fuel consumption, distance to empty and a digital speedometer. So for a smidge under $58,000 you can indulge in the safety and comfort of the Peugeot (yes, I can spell it correctly) GT. ANCAP ★★★★★ GreenRating★★★1⁄2 Life on the move 34 February / March 2012 Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment RACT Driver Training graduates receive special discounts on joining RACT Roadside membership. Low-Risk Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5612 Devonport 6421 1918 Burnie 6434 2913 6609 www.ract.com.au
Apr May 2012