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PEUGEOT 508 GT FASTBACK PLUG-IN HYBRID

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PEUGEOT 508 GT FASTBACK PLUG-IN HYBRID

PEUGEOT 508 GT FASTBACK PLUG-IN HYBRID

By ALISTAIR KENNEDY

Peugeot 508 PHEV is the French company’s first electrified passenger car.

Originally offered as a four-door sedan or five-door station wagon, the Peugeot 508 has been on sale in Australia since July 2011. It fitted into the space between the smaller 407 and larger 607, effectively replacing both cars.

The second generation 508 was launched in 2019 but didn’t arrive here until August 2021 and featured Peugeot’s first-ever plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain.

While there is a large choice of engines and equipment levels available overseas for the 508, only three models are available here, all with the top-grade GT variant and with the choice of Fastback or Sportswagon bodies and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines.

The 508 GT PHEV only comes as a Fastback, the engine-only 508 GT is offered in both body styles.

STYLING

PEUGEOT 508 GT FASTBACK PLUG-IN HYBRID

2022 Peugeot 508 GT Fastback Plug-In Hybrid.

The relatively small chequered radiator grille has chrome edge trim with the iconic Peugeot Lion symbol in the centre and 508 lettering above it at the front of the bonnet. There are twin headlights on either side above long curved turn indicators. ‘GT’ badges on the C pillar complete the car’s ID.

The PHEV has the fuel filler on the right rear panel and the battery charge point on the left.

The rear is even more attractive, with triple tail and brake lights each containing three vertical bars that rolls across when activated.

INTERIOR

PEUGEOT 508 GT FASTBACK PLUG-IN HYBRID

2022 Peugeot 508 GT Fastback Plug-In Hybrid.

Although the latest 508 is lighter, lower and shorter than its predecessor it actually provides greater interior space. Not to the extent of similarly sized SUVs but enough for reasonable occupant comfort.

The 508 comes with the latest version of the Peugeot i-Cockpit which combines the small sport steering wheel with a large head-up instrument panel and central infotainment touch screen, blended together and ergonomically positioned.

The seats are quilted Nappa leather throughout with both front seats powered, heated and with a multi-point massage function.

Rear seat space is borderline with just enough legroom but restricted headroom for taller passengers.

Boot space in the GT and GT PHEV Fastback is 487 litres with all seatbacks in place, expanding to 1537 litres with them folded. The Sportwagon increases these capacities to 530 and 1780 litres respectively. Powered tailgate is standard.

POWERTRAINS
The 508 PHEV combines a 133 kW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine with an 11.8 kWh Lithium-ion battery and 81 kW electric motor mounted on the front axle for a combined power output of 165 kW.

The two non-hybrid 508 models are powered by a high-output version of Peugeot’s 1.6-litre, turbo-petrol, four-cylinder engine developing 165 kilowatts of power and 300 Newton metres of torque.

All variants are mated to an all-new Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission.

SAFETY
Standard across the 508 range are six airbags; enhanced ABS brakes; dynamic stability control; camera and radar activated emergency braking; blind spot detection; adaptive cruise control with stop and go function; lane departure warning; lane keeping assistance with road edge detection; driver attention alert; automatic high beam; IsoFix child seat mounts in the outer rear seats; speed sign recognition and speed limit warning; forward collision warning; electronic anti-skid system; and 180-degree rear-view camera.

INFOTAINMENT

All variants come with a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.

Embedded 3D satellite navigation is standard including voice recognition. There’s also smartphone mirroring for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both wired as well as two USB sockets in the front centre console and two more in the rear console plus 12V sockets, including one in the boot.

Sound is through a FOCAL 10-speaker premium system with dedicated amplifier and subwoofer. DAB digital radio is available for those who live in a capital city.

DRIVING
Low-slung styling can make it a bit awkward for taller occupants but it’s a sporty-ish car so that’s to be expected. Once seated though the seats are comfortable and supportive

Although the small squared-top sports steering wheel isn’t to everyone’s taste we loved it not only for its feel but also because it provides an unobstructed view of the digital instrument panel.

One of our least-favourite features in most new releases is lane correction which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s steering, often quite vigorously, to keep it in the centre of the lane. While we normally turn the feature off before we start our test, we found the correction in the 508 quite subtle and were more than happy to let it do its job.

We love driving electric cars with their sharp, smooth and silent acceleration and the 508 PHEV provides plenty of that when it’s in EV mode.

Out on the open road the 508 is in its element with the ride and handling that has always made Peugeots so popular with keen drivers. The GT tag is used far too often in current cars and in most cases is meaningless. No so in the 508 GT because it is far closer to being a Grand Tourer capable of cruising long distances through interesting drive routes.

With our JetCharge Wallbox we were able to fully charge the small battery in the PHEV in just over three hours. Peugeot lists a battery-only range of 55 kilometres. The best we could manage, in fairly moderate driving conditions, was 40 km.

Like all the other plug-in hybrids on the market that offer pure EV driving, Peugeot lists a totally unrealistic fuel consumption figure of 1.8 litres per 100 kilometres. With the battery fully-charged we covered 100 km using 3.4 L/100km. Although that’s nearly double the listed figure it’s still very good. However, with the battery flat, and running in normal hybrid mode including battery regeneration, we averaged a less-impressive 6.4 L/100km.

SUMMING UP
If you’ve had enough of the functionality and sensibleness of your SUV and crave a bit of driving enjoyment then the Peugeot 508 could be just what you’re looking for.

It’s a superbly-crafted and stylish car that drew admiring looks wherever we went.

However, unless you can conveniently maintain a charge in the battery and limit the distances travelled, then we feel the extra $17,000 that you need to pay for the PHEV over the petrol-only equivalent GT just can’t be justified.

All Peugeot passenger vehicles come with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty extended to eight years, but limited to 160,000 km, on the battery.

Stop Press: As of the 1st of July 2022, Peugeot increased the prices on its passenger vehicles by 6.0 percent. This equates to between $3591 and $4620 on the 508. We suggest you get in quick and do some serious haggling at your local dealership.

RATINGS:
Looks: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Safety 8/10
Thirst: 8/10
Practicality: 7/10
Comfort: 7/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Overall: 8/10

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE (prices as at 1 July 2022)
508 1.6 GT Fastback: $63,431
508 1.6 GT PHEV Fastback: $81,610
508 1.6 GT Sportswagon: $65,657
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Peugeot dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Peugeot 508 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-door sedan)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 1.598 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 133 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 300 Nm @ 3000 rpm
Fuel Type: Premium unleaded petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 1.8 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 40 g/km

DRIVELINE: Eight-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4750 mm
Wheelbase: 2800 mm
Width: 1860 mm
Height: 1410 mm
Turning Circle: 10.8 metres
Kerb Mass: 1720 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 43 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Solid disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Five years / unlimited kilometres

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FORD MUSTANG 2015 – 2021

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FORD MUSTANG 2015 – 2021

By EWAN KENNEDY

Ford Mustang has been a big success on the Australian market and I see them pretty well every time I’m on the road.

We will cover the Mustang from December 2015 when a new model was introduced in this Used Car Checkout.

FORD MUSTANG 2015 - 2021

2020 Ford Mustang Mach 1

It comes in two versions, coupe and convertible, powered by either a 5.0-litre V8 or four-cylinder 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, the former is typical 20th century gas guzzling muscle machines, the latter Ford’s provides environmentally conscious modern motoring.

The 5.0-litre V8 featured lessons learned in developing the special-edition 2012 Mustang Boss 302. The result is a boost in power to 306 kW and 530 Nm of torque.

The addition of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine introduced turbocharging to the Mustang powertrain line-up. The geometry of the EcoBoost intake manifold and turbocharger housing being optimised to provide higher output – 233 kW and 432 Nm of torque.

Six-speed manual transmission provides smoother shifting than previous Mustangs, while the automatic has steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and downshift rev-matching.

Steering feel is nicely weighted with just the right heft for keen drivers of high-performance machines. The four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is short and sits well back under the long bonnet. It pretty well straddles the front axle area so provides excellent balance.

FORD MUSTANG 2015 - 2021

2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt

The front seats are laterally supportive but lack of rear legroom puts the Mustang into 2+2 territory. The front seat passenger can share leg space with someone behind them, but unless the driver is short whoever sits behind them may feel a bit cramped.

A selection of driving modes can be called up by flicking a switch on the central console. Normal offers a balance between comfort and performance; Sport+ provides more responsive steering and throttle response; Track allows the engine to respond directly to the driver’s input, while reinforcing the sporty engine note; and Snow / Wet keeps the car in touch with adverse road conditions.

Convertible cabin wind turbulence was isn’t too intrusive with the top down, with the body strength coping well with lateral and twisting forces.

January 2018 saw Ford Australia launch what it called, ‘The Fastest Mustang Ever.’ The 5.0-litre V8 engine was thoroughly reworked to develops 450 horsepower (339 kW). This was achieved with the first application of Ford’s dual-fuel, high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure port fuel injection. The result is solid low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. Peak torque is now 556 Nm.

At the same time the mildly revised 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit developed 300 horsepower (224 kW). It had nine Nm more torque, now 441 Nm.

The biggest news for 2018 is that there’s a new 10-speed automatic, which is available with both Mustang engines. It has a wide-ratio span between first and tenth, faster shifts and optimised gear spacing to keep it at peak torque, and fast response. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles give drivers manual control.

FORD MUSTANG 2015 - 2021

2016 Ford Mustang

The six-speed manual gearboxes were upgraded to handle the added torque on both engines.
Mustang’s engine note could be adjusted. An active valve exhaust system is standard on all GT models. Four modes are available: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport.

Visually, there’s a lower, remodeled bonnet with air intakes in new positions and revised upper and lower front grilles. But it still looks very much like a Mustang.

Revised shock absorbers make for better ride control, while a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness. The stabiliser bars have also been revised.

For the first time, MagneRide damper technology was an option for Mustang, designed to optimise ride and handling in all situations. Previously exclusive to the Mustang Shelby GT350, the system allows automatic adjustment of each corner, up to 1000 times per second, for even better responsiveness and lateral performance.

The 2018 Mustangs have a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that offers three separate views – Normal, Sport and Track modes – and the ability to change colours and gauge layout.

The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminium.

Standard seats feature new patterns, six-way leather-trimmed Recaro sports are a factory-fitted option.

There are plenty of Ford dealers Australia wide, even in very remote areas. Spares for Mustangs may not be held in smaller dealerships, but can usually be shipped to them within a few working days.

Insurance is surprisingly moderate in cost – if you have a good driving record and minimal previous claims. As always, shop around but be aware that a long-standing record with one company can be to your benefit.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

A professional inspection really is a must of a car like the Ford Mustang. As is a full service history, preferably at a Ford dealer.

A Mustang that has been thrashed may have serious rear tyre wear and lots of brake dust. Perhaps you’re best to steer clear of that car.

Check the fluid on the automatic’s dipstick. If it smells burnt and looks dark, that’s another sign of hard driving. The 10-speed auto seems to stand up better than the six-speed.

Convertibles are generally water tight, but it still pays to look and feel for dampness in the carpets as on open-top Mustang may have been caught with its top down in the rain.

Look for signs of previous crash repairs, wrinkles in the panels when viewed end on, mismatched paint colours and overspray on unpainted parts.

If there’s too much turbo lag on the 2.3 EcoBoost there could be electronic tuning problems.

HOW MUCH?
Expect to pay from $22,000 to $31,000 for a 2016 Ford Mustang 2.3 coupe; $25,000 to $34,000 for a 2015 convertible; $32,000 to $43,000 for a 2016 GT coupe or a 2018 coupe; $35,000 to $47,000 for a $38,000 to $51,000 for 2018 GT coupe; $41,000 to $55,000 for a 2019 GT coupe; $48,00 to $65,000 for a 2019 GT convertible; $52,000 to $70,000 for a 2020 GT convertible; and $59,000 to $78,000 for a 2021 Mach 1 coupe.

CAR BUYING TIP
Much as we love open top cars the lower rigidity of their bodies and the chances of the interior being sun and/or deliberately damaged can make them depreciate faster.

RECALLS: To browse recalls on all vehicles go to the ACCC at: www.productsafety.gov.au/products/transport/cars/

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SOFTWARE UPDATES FOR PORSCHE TAYCAN

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SOFTWARE UPDATES FOR PORSCHE TAYCAN

By EWAN KENNEDY

Porsche Taycan is offered in many variants.

Worldwide, more than 75,000 examples of the Taycan have been delivered since Porsche introduced its first all-electric sports car at the end of 2019. Since its Australian launch in 2021, 838 Taycan have been delivered (as of June 2022 – source: VFACTS).

Regardless of vehicle age, motor, and body, the software of all model variants can be updated to the status of the 2023 model year. The update will be implemented on a market-specific basis.

SOFTWARE UPDATES FOR PORSCHE TAYCAN

Porsche Taycan is offered in many variants.

Depending on when their vehicle was delivered, customers will benefit from, among other things, an increase in powertrain efficiency as well as new functions and improvements in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Porsche Connect and assistance systems. The update will also enhance the over-the-air (OTA) update capability of all Taycan models.

The update is complimentary for customers, will be offered worldwide and can be carried out during a Porsche Centre workshop visit.

“This campaign will allow all customers to benefit from the continuous further development of the Taycan. We have extensively optimised the model series in almost every respect since 2019,” said Kevin Giek, Vice President Model Line Taycan, Porsche AG.

“New functions have been added and others have been revised or tweaked to further enhance the customer experience.”

The precise scope of the update, and the duration of the necessary workshop visit, depend on the specific software status of the Taycan in question. The older the car is, the more improvements and innovations will be installed.

We’ll be road testing the Taycan shortly and will be publishing a full report.

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HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

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HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

By CHRIS RILEY

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging.

With an elongated, futuristic design, Hyundai’s latest electric vehicle, the Ioniq 6 Electrified Streamliner cuts a dramatic profile. At an impressive 4.8 metres in length, Ioniq 6 is available with a range of drive motors and battery packs to fit the needs of every customer.

HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging

It delivers an estimated driving range of 610km (WLTP) as well as ultra-fast, 400-V/800-V multi-charging capability.

The long-range 77.4kWh battery is available with either rear- or all-wheel-drive.

The top-of-the-line dual motor all-wheel drive model produces a combined power output of 239kW and 605Nm of torque, with a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds.

The single motor, rear-wheel drive motor version has a 53kWh battery uses 14kWh/100km (WLTP), which Hyundai says makes it one of the most energy-efficient vehicles on the market.

The electrified streamliner takes advantage of Hyundai’s dedicated battery-electric E-GMP platform to provide a long, 2950mm wheelbase, supported by a choice of 20-inch or 18-inch wheels.

Features include Dual Colour Ambient Lighting, Speed Sync Lighting, EV Performance Tune-up and Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD).

The latter enhances the drive experience by producing an artificial sound to replace the noise normally generated by an internal combustion engine.

HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging

Speed Sync Lighting mode adds emotion to the driving experience by changing the brightness of the interior lighting in the first row based on the vehicle’s speed.

Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2) helps remotely park by Remote Parking or it helps remotely exit a parking spot from outside the vehicle by Remote Operation. This feature works for parallel, perpendicular, and even diagonal parking.

The E-GMP architecture can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures, with 800-V charging as standard. It can accommodate 400-V charging without the need for additional components or adapters.

With a 350kW charger, Ioniq 6 can get from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging

Hyundai Ioniq 6, like Ioniq 5 before it, provides vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality that allows customers to charge any electric devices – ideal for powering necessities during a power outage, camping or outdoor projects.

The V2L is enabled using an available accessory adaptor and goes into the outside charging port. In addition to the outside power outlet, there is a second outlet underneath the back row seat for charging laptops, phones and other devices.

It’s also the first vehicle within the Hyundai group to offer Over-the-Air (OTA) software updates.

Production is set to start soon.

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