2015 Peugeot 508 SW - Copycat Award
When it comes to wagons, mos would expect something boring and bland. Well that would have been true back in the 1950's, but in the year 2014, the wagon has become a fun and fast people mover. Of course this is only true if you live outside of North America.
For 2014 Peugeot has decided to change their 508 SW to suit the new needs of its customers. A sleek looking wagon appeals to more consumers these days and if you are going to make something appeal to more consumers, then why not use a tried and tested design. Well that is exactly what Peugeot has done with the new 508 SW. They have taken the front end of a Volvo V70 and added on the rear of the previous 508. Of course there are a few changes which have been made to ensure most consumers won't see the resemblance, but the Volvo is still there.
Up front where the V70 sits, you will find one of the better changes which Peugeot has made to this design. The sleek, thin lined headlights create a fast and sporty look to this wagon. Add in a well proportioned snout and some perfectly designed fog lights and you have the makings of a sport wagon. Now with all that said, the hood could have used an air duct or cowl to add that final sport appeal.
Out back is where things have gone wrong. Someone forgot to tell Peugot that too many curves will create an overly blended rear. Because of this the whole rear has no real attitude and one part cannot be distinguished from another. To clean up this mess Peugeot could start with indenting the tail lights and add on a larger spoiler.
Along the side the rather bland appeal seems to show the most. With no real break in the body line and an overly round mirror and handle set. Of course not all curves are bad here, with a well proportioned wheel flare and perfectly flowing windows. Remove the round mirror and handles and add in a body indent and maybe this will get better.
Overall the new Peugeot 508 SW isn't all that bad, well when you consider that your purchasing a Volvo for the price of a Peugeot. The all out appeal of this wagon may pick up some of Volvo's consumers, which may be a good thing. But that could also turn away some of Peugeot's consumers.
Overall Grade = C+
Front End: B-
Good: Fast and sleek lines
Bad: What a Volvo?
Rear End: C+
Good: An exhaust in need of power
Bad: All too smooth
Good: The right amount of chrome
Bad: A round mirror
Overall Appeal: C+
Good: Fast and agile
Bad: Lost in the crowd of wagons
With a final score of 60.87%, the new 508 SW is a step in the wrong direction. Next time Peugeot should stick to their own design language, or at least their home countries design language. If you want to use your panic button all of the time, then the new 508 is for you, as it will get lost in the crowd.
AutoLooks Buy List Approved: No
Recommended Tuner: Yes
Trend Setter: No
Brand Value: Same
AutoLooks Stock Value: Same
Luxury Shooting Brake
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake
For 2014 Mercedes has decided to one up the competition by making the segment only CLS Shooting Brake even better. I guess when you own a market, the best thing to do is ensure that your competition has a harder time entering it. Too bad no one ever told Blackberry that. What has really change is that the new CLS has added more sports car features to the front end, making it appeal to more of the saloon market, rather than the wagon market.
Up front the new Shooting Brake has made the most changes. Adding in a new headlight setup, grille and lower ducts. This has made the front appear more of a sports car than that of a sedan or wagon. Of course when you are known as the sports coupe of the wagon market, then you might as well add some more sports to your appeal. The only thing which has not changed for the better would the the desolate wasteland of a hood. Mercedes could have added in a cowl or a stronger hood line. This would have made this front the best it can be.
Out back is where some one should have told Mercedes that they needed some work. They have left the under bite rear bumper and over sized bubble tail lights. Add on a larger spoiler, and a few hard edges to the bumper and you will start to make this rear seem a bit better. After that Mercedes could spring for a rear band light which runs with the body line. This could put BMW and Audi's laser lights to shame. Maybe next time they will change the rear up.
Along the side Mercedes has kept the hard lines and lower ground effects. This is great but, they could have smoothed out the rear wheel well line to give the back a more blended look. This would have made the front blend with the rear.
The overall appeal of the new CLS is a bit better than the last. With more sport appeal and an outline which still stands out. The only down side is that Mercedes still has not added on any more chrome accents and they should really put the cab forward. A flat bottom is nice, but a lifted rear could really make this wagon stand out from everyone else.
Overall the new CLS Shooting Brake is still king where it counts, well except for out back. Next time the rear needs more attention than the head.
Overall Grade = C+
Front End: C+
Good: Big Bullet Grille
Bad: A desert of nothing on the hood
Rear End: C-
Good: An exhaust worthy of the power
Bad: Over sized lights and an under bite
Good: All the right lines
Bad: Small bland wheels
Overall Appeal: B
Good: All on its own in the world of wagons
Bad: Not enough chrome
With a final score of 61.30%, the new CLS Shooting Brake is sure to turn a lot of heads. So if you want a ride that shows you are different from the crowd and you like to haul everything you need, then the CLS Shooting Brake is for you.
AutoLooks Buy List Approved: Yes
Recommended Tuner: No
Trend Setter: Yes
Brand Value: Same
AutoLooks Stock Value: Increase