Coming up on this page, a fresh monthly report on our long-term Peugeot 508 SW GT Line. But first a party (my) statement to Peugeot and you, our loyal Diesel Car readers. Last month I had a slight moan that Apple CarPlay would not work in the 508 with my phone. I took such steps as to email Gavin to ask if all was well with him when he was the car’s custodian, and it was. I did the IT cliché of ‘switching it off and on’ again, with a full factory reset on the system to try and cure things – it didn’t. Convinced it was my phone, my brother in law and I tried his iPhone, but still no Apple CarPlay.
At this point, I was sat in the passenger seat, my brother in law in the driving seat, both looking puzzled and throwing more than a few foul words in the 508’s direction. But that was before I looked at the little storage shelf underneath the gear selector that houses the phone charging pad and two USB ports. And then I spotted it… on the passenger side USB, there’s a phone symbol, but there isn’t one on the driver’s side. I swapped over the phone cable into the passenger slot and hey presto, Apple CarPlay on the Peugeot’s infotainment screen. Result! So yes, whilst I fully admit to wrongly accusing the Peugeot of misbehaving – sorry 508 – I am knocking the slight laziness of not swapping the USB port that supports Apple CarPlay (and presumably Android Auto too) over to the driver’s side for right hand drive cars in the factory. Had I have not sat in the passenger seat and looked at the shelf, I probably would have embarrassed myself and telephoned my local dealer. Oh well, problem solved.
This month the 508 SW has had a fairly restful time, as I’ve been in other cars to photograph them, with the exception of a fairly big shoot in North Wales that meant the car was not only stacked with my equipment, but also a videographer made full use of the car and its estate car prowess. Luckily, as far as photography is concerned, it’s all low speed and video is a tad faster, so power is irrelevant, it’s how the car copes at keeping up and maintaining its position, whilst cushioning and soaking up bumps. But more importantly, the capability of carrying all of our stuff. The 508 SW rose to the challenge with aplomb.
I must also mention fuel economy while on the shoot in Wales, as it’s usual for the fuel economy to drop away. That’s because there’s so much stopping and starting, holding gears at higher revs to maintain a set speed and of course plenty of idling. Basically, everything you can think of that Victor Harman would be tutting at, while writing his Extra Mile column. Of course, fuel economy has fallen a little, but only to 49.5mpg for that tank of fuel, which isn’t a million miles away from the high 50s that I saw with the last fill-up.
Date arrived 17th December 2019
Fuel economy 52.4-62.0 (WLTP combined) 49.5mpg (on test)
Keyless opening and locking on all doors and boot is all premium stuff.
High quality materials inside, yes, but they mark easily and are a little tricky to get clean.