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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6548C Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au He says Darren Moody Having driven my fair share of Peugeots (old and new) over the years, I could always say there were some very French features in every one of those cars. Well, for those expecting that to continue you’re going to be sadly disappointed. This French car has a decidedly German feel to it! For example, multiple steering wheel buttons, an Audi-like control wheel and buttons for the multimedia and navigation system, heads-up display for speed and cruise control at a glance and flappy paddle shifters for the smooth changing six-speed auto. The GT name plate might be a bit over the top, but this spec version does get a bigger 2.2L diesel engine than the 2.0L in the lower specification Allure. Additionally, front suspension is double wishbone rather than the McPherson strut found in the standard Allure variant. Having spent time in both the GT and the Allure models I think the ride in the GT is just too firm. While the road is runway-smooth, ride isn’t a problem – but how many of those roads do we see in Tasmania? As the road surface deteriorates so does ride comfort, to the point where it crashes through potholes. Steering in the GT is precise although it felt like it had a wide turning circle as I had to do a three point turn where I would normally get around in one swing. Peugeot has made excellent diesel engines for years, and this 150kW, 450Nm example isn’t any exception. It is amongst the quietest I have driven. There’s a little turbo lag just off idle, but when the tacho reaches 1,500rpm there is a surge of power, moving this largest-ever Australian-sold Peugeot to reach the highway speed limit br iskly in just over eight seconds. The front seats offer good shape and support. Unlike ‘She’, the massaging driver’s seat didn’t do it for me – the massaging lumbar was too low to be comfortable. Despite the increased inter ior space of the 508, w ith the front seat all the way back, rear leg room wasn’t fantastic for adults, but the smaller people didn’t have a problem. Rear-seat passengers were catered for with their own controllable climate zones and fan. The 508 really feels like a quality Euro car that spans that mid to large car category and is well worth a test drive. Life on the move February / March 2012 35
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