Early darkness, and weíre in winter proper, so Iíve been noticing the headlights, and those of the 508 are good. LED lights (optional on Allure models, but standard on GT Line, GT and RXH) give that intensely white beam that previously was the preserve of the Xenon types. Now, however, the far lower wattage of LEDs makes them the preferred choice for top spec motors. Weíve also got the cornering functionality, which switches on a left or right low beam to light up the stuff just in front of the car. It works well, but is a bit of a distraction as you get to wondering how much the wheel must be turned before the light will come on, and when it does, the beam is so far to the left or right that most of it seems irrelevant.
Thereís plenty of equipment on our 508, such as the colour reversing camera and auto-folding door mirrors, which are two particular favourites of mine. But one element that my wife praises on a mystifyingly regular basis is the heated seat. Primarily this is due to it heating both the seat and back rest. Most heated seats are just that ñ a seat heater; your rear notices the rise in temperature whilst your back stays stubbornly chilled. The heaters on the front seats of the 508, however, warm the seat back at least as much as the cushion, which though Iím not a great enthusiast of the practice, Iím sure is exactly what those that are would want. And the icing on the cake for those enthusiasts will be the three-stage setting; choose from gentle to hot. What more could you want?
The 508 is a pretty big car ñ 15 foot 10 inches long if youíd like it in old numbers ñ so itís perhaps not surprising that it can feel big. A recent journey to the wilds of Hertfordshire took me along a road which, though not quite single track, was occasionally too narrow for two cars. I found that in the 508 I was having to reverse far more frequently than usual in order to avoid the unwelcome sound of thorn bushes attacking the paintwork. And perhaps because of the carís size, Iím not surprised that some of the controls are on the heavy side, and I really donít mind that. Those with more delicate limbs might feel differently, as indeed does my wife. Itís mainly the clutch and reverse gear collar (which has to be squeezed upwards before the gear stick will allow reverse to be selected). Both of these controls, she thinks, need more effort than is ideal, and since going backwards requires the use of both of them, there can be a little wait, accompanied by some derogatory mutterings before that object is achieved.
Date arrived: 14th June 2016
Mileage to date: 3,698
Fuel consumption: 67.3 (combined) 48.6mpg (on test)
It’s pleasing to note that the heated seats also include the backrest.
Heavy clutch and reverse gear collar is an acquired taste.