Peugeot 508 SW: Anarchy in the UK

  • Peugeot 508 SW makes light work of long journeys
  • Fun to drive even on single-lane carriageways
  • Seats four adults in comfort on longer trips

With roughly around 1,000 miles to negotiate on a trip taking in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland I needed a long-term test car to do the job.

But what car to choose?

The Mazda2 and the Suzuki Swift were out as we needed to carry four adults in comfort. That left us with the Golf Cabriolet, the Kia Optima or the Peugeot 508 SW .

First to miss the cut was the Golf – the luggage space was too tight - so it was a straight fight between the Kia and the Peugeot. Both cars offered comfort and cruising ability but we went for the Peugeot because of its extra load length.

Our planned route took in a real mix of roads. From smooth motorways to A-roads to single-lane carriageways the Peugeot 508 SW performed admirably. The trip that started in Manchester, then up to Stranraer for a ferry trip to Northern Ireland and back again put this car fully to the test.

For such a big car the 508 SW is agile and nimble. It may not be as sharp as a Ford Mondeo but it is more comfortable. Enthusiastic drivers will be pleased by this offering from Peugeot. The steering is quite well weighted and there is a good level of feedback from the wheel. B-roads can be quite good fun in the Peugeot: the car has a good amount of front-end grip and the car is well-engineered. It certainly is one of Peugeot’s best cars.

Not only is the Peugeot 508 SW good to drive, it makes short work of long motorway journeys. With the sales mix expected to be around 80% fleet then this is perfect as a company car. It's comfortable - the front seats are well bolstered with decent side supports - and it's economical too. On our mammoth trip we averaged 52.2mpg and returned 779 miles on one tank of fuel.

The journey to Northern Ireland via southern Scotland gave the 508 SW an opportunity to show off its cruising abilities and after few days of travelling around Northern Ireland it's safe to say it was faultless.

The journey home to Manchester was also relaxed but things didn't go totally to plan. My fiancée’s dad fell down the stairs and we had to take him to hospital to get him checked out. Thankfully he was released later that evening with no serious injury but the 508 SW with its comfortable seats, spacious interior and silky smooth ride proved to be the perfect ambulance. After the drama of the weekend the Peugeot 508 SW is now safely back in the Parkers fleet ready for its next adventure.

Wales awaits...

Current mileage: 17,221 miles

Average mpg: 49.5