Peugeot continues to exist outside the usual automotive culture by providing something completely different, in this case the NZ$55,990 508GT. In this case it’s an executive car that actually rides well. No, not well, more like downright luxurious. It’s fantastic to find a car in this class that doesn’t ride like an iron bouncing wildly down a set of stairs.
You can alter that ride a quality of course, but I just left the ride quality on soft all the way through a 400km round trip. My wife had just got out of abdominal surgery and that car just wafted her along with no discomfort. The car also has massaging seats that work in several different modes, which means you arrive at your destination without a spine that feels like a length of splintered bamboo.
But why stick so much chrome and piano black trim on the dashboard that’s angled to catch as much sunlight as possible? You sometimes need sunglasses just to avoid all the unwanted reflections that bounce off the dash and into your eyes. It might not annoy you, but it’s a deal breaker for me.
Plus, the very fact the car has a 1.6 litre turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine doesn’t exactly scream “executive luxury”, even if it does produce 169kW of power and 300Nm of torque. People in this part of the market expect a smooth V6 at the very least, do Peugeot has a bit of a slope to climb toward making sales.