It’s been a period of storms, gremlins, Coronavirus and rescue acts. A surprise birthday trip to Exmoor coincided with the arrival of Storm Ciara, creating road conditions that made me yearn for the reassurance of all-wheel drive. Three weeks later, it was off to Dorset to collect my Renault Clio Baccara, following investigative work on its troublesome electrics. The Clio still isn’t fixed, and annoyingly, some gremlins seem to have rubbed off onto the 508.
At the beginning of the month, it developed a curious fault which resulted in the offside rear passenger window opening by a couple of inches after the car had been locked. I noticed it when I returned to the car after a meeting, but put it down to driver error. However, it happened to my wife on a few occasions, before mysteriously curing itself. Because of the frameless construction, the windows drop a little when you open the door, so I’ll put this down to a minor glitch in the hope that it doesn’t happen again. In other gremlin-related news, the climate control system has been temporarily inoperable a few times this month. The fan speed and temperature controls have refused to play ball, which isn’t helpful when a touchscreen is the only means of changing the settings. The dashboard is also telling me the car needs a service, which is a tad premature after 3,500 miles. A helpful lady at the Peugeot dealer in Exeter has said she will reset the system, so I’ll be paying her a visit ahead of the next issue’s report.
In more positive news, the LED headlights, which are standard on the GT Line and above, are excellent. They really came into their own when battling Storm Ciara, creating near-daylight conditions on the dark roads of Exmoor. Having an early warning system for branches, standing water and potholes was a real boon. Not that oncoming drivers share my opinion. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been flashed by other drivers, so I’m wondering if the self-levelling function isn’t great at dealing with the undulating roads of Devon. As I found when driving the Clio back from Dorset, having a 508 behind you is like replacing the rear-view mirror with an LED torch. Apologies in advance to anyone I follow over the coming weeks.
The boot is proving to be very useful. It swallowed the presents, luggage and food and drink required for the surprise party, plus the full quota of five people in the cabin. It might be a very good-looking estate car, but Peugeot hasn’t forgotten that a wagon needs to be practical. It’s averaging just shy of 43mpg, which is excellent for a car of this size. The last couple of tankful’s have returned 45mpg, which suggests that it’s getting more economical as the mileage creeps up. Good stuff!
Date arrived 17th December 2019
Fuel economy 52.4-62.0 (WLTP combined) 57.7mpg (on test)
Not a lot of time spent staring at this hole thanks to brilliant economy.
Pillar-less doors are all fun and games until they bounce back and stab you in the chest.