Peugeot 508 1.6 e-THP Allure Review
Who gives a Pug?!

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
28 Apr 2015

The French make decent cars that somehow get muddled in the development process. Take the past few models from the brand for example, the Peugeot 208, 2008 and 508 RXH all make nice rides for the family but share a common plague. The gearbox. And it’s one the Germans got out of their system in the mid-2000s with Audi being the last to ditch this silly invention.

The semi-automatic (aka robotized manual) is a weird Frankenstein creation from pragmatic engineers. It requires you to drive it like a manual but it changes gears automatically on its own. Except that it does so like a freshly minted 18 year old driver. Jerky and uncomfortable and the only way to keep things smooth is to drive it manually and let off the power with every anticipated gear change.

Most drivers expecting it to be more automatic than manual were sorely disappointed and annoyed with the constant headbanging from the gearbox. But the French being the pragmatic bunch never thought it was a problem since the French themselves seemed fine with it.

Lately though, the French manufacturers seem to have come around. The combination of the new EAT6 gearbox and the 308 proved to be a sublime pairing. Encouraged by the result, Peugeot has gone on to include this new gear box in their latest 508. 

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