Comparing the mileage from this report and its counterpart a month ago, it looks as though the Diesel Car Peugeot 508 has had something of a break. By which I mean it’s only done 700 miles. But that’s mainly because I did a further 500 in its more expensive, go-faster sibling. Sitting one rung above our GT-Line car on the 508 ladder, the GT offers more power and more kit in exchange for a higher price tag, and its presence provided the perfect opportunity to find out whether I made the right call when choosing our GT-Line car.
On paper, it looks as though I got it spot on, because you seem to spend a lot more for very little gain. Under the bonnet of the GT, the 2.0-litre engine is tuned up from 161bhp to 174bhp, resulting in a marginal improvement in 0-62mph time (8.4 seconds for the GT-Line and 8.3 for the GT) and a slight increase in top speed (146mph as opposed to 143mph). You also get clever suspension that changes the damping to suit the road surface, a better hi-fi and some driver assistance technology – all for the princely sum of £36,645 plus options. That’s in excess of £5,000 more than the base price of our GT-Line. Even our car, which came in at £35,269 once you’ve considered the extras, was noticeably cheaper than the £37,520 GT model I drove.
And for all that outlay, you don’t get that much more to look at. The slightly less fussy GT badges on the rear pillars are the giveaways, along with the standard-fit 19-inch alloy wheels. I think the car looks a little better on the larger rims, but they seem to spoil the ride slightly. I just felt the potholes that tiny bit more in the GT. It’s a subtle change you’d probably never spot on the motorway, but driving the two back-to-back at urban speeds betrays a difference.
There isn’t much to choose between our car and the much pricier GT when you get inside, either, although it’s worth remembering our GT-Line’s leather seats are a £1,550 option, whereas the leather in the GT is standard. The Focal hi-fi, however, is a treat. Our car’s standard sound system is fine, but the Focal setup is a real cut above. Better still, it comes with a fully functional radio – something I appreciated greatly after experiencing the stuttery, hit-and-miss affair in our long-term car.
The one thing I found lurking in that nice-to-have-but-not-really-necessary category was the engine. The 13bhp uplift in power and tiny increases in performance made it seem a bit pointless, and although it did make the GT feel a little more effortless without sacrificing any fuel economy, it didn’t really justify its price tag.
So did I make the right call when it came to choosing GT or GT-Line? Absolutely. Save yourself thousands and opt for the lower model, perhaps with a few choice options. If I had my time again, I’d ignore our car’s night vision camera and Visio Park parking pack (the standard rear-view system is good enough), but I’d definitely go for the leather seats and I might consider the uprated Focal audio system.
Date arrived 3rd April 2019
Fuel economy WLTP combined 45.2-51.1mpg On Test 49.9mpg
This GT-Line specification really does offer the best performance/price/economy mixture.
Driving a different 508 showed me Peugeots can come with radios that work properly.