Peugeot 508 SW: Load-lugger arrives

  • We test Peugeot’s latest estate over six months
  • Can it compete with the likes of the VW Passat?
  • The 508 SW is set for some tough practicality tests

As the Peugeot 407 reached the end of its life it had been well overtaken by rivals like the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and the Skoda Superb.

With the French firm desperate to do battle with its saloon and estate competition, it introduced the new 508

Following on from the excellent and good-looking RCZ Coupe, the 508 has the smart styling and masses of space needed to be truly competitive in this sector. 

The saloon and SW sell in similar numbers, but we needed more loadspace so we opted for the SW estate version. It has a potential loadspace of 512 litres, and should be more than enough for my bike and other trips I have planned.

With the Skoda Superb estate and Volkswagen Passat estate recently part of the Parkers fleet it will also be interesting to see how it fares, compared with the other two.

I’ve decided to keep things simple, and have opted for the HDi 140 SR model. With 140bhp it’s the middle choice in the diesel line-up, with 112bhp and 163bhp versions being the alternatives. Its 140bhp output, along with 320Nm of pulling power, grants the 508 SW the potential to accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds.

Emissions for this car are 130g/km, which is pretty good considering just how big it is. This means an annual tax bill of £95, while it is exempt from the first-year costs. According to Peugeot it's capable of averaging 56.4mpg and with a 150-mile daily commute, it will be useful if I can get anything near this in reality.

In attempting to keep costs down I have gone ultra-minimal with the options. In fact the only extra I’ve added is the metallic paintwork, which costs £450. I may have made an error here though. At 4.8 metres this is a rather long car, and I’ve decided against rear parking sensors. We’ll have to see if this causes any problems later on. This sparse option list does mean the Peugeot costs just £22,275, so it's a lot of car for your cash.

The SR model does come with a decent amount of equipment as standard, however. You get sat-nav, a full size spare wheel – a luxury these days - front fog lights, a USB input, cruise control, alloy wheels, roof rails and air-con.

It will be interesting to see how the car delivers in terms of running costs. The common reason for buying a diesel is that it will save money on fuel. With the price of diesel at record highs and a 72-litre fuel tank, however, the costs could be much higher than I would like. That could be particularly important if the Peugeot fails to reach its claimed fuel economy figures.

Next week I’m off to the Lake District with plenty of walking gear, food and beer to take with me. It looks like the car’s practicality is going to get a serious test.

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Current mileage: 2,232 miles

Average mpg: N/A