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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The 508 SW may only be 2cm longer than the saloon but the engineers have created a car that uses its interior space very well. Even with six-footers up front passengers in the rear have plenty of leg- and headroom. Choose the SW in Active trim and you get a panoramic roof as standard. This adds to the airy feel and is always a bonus if you need to carry small children.

The 407 was a little sub-standard when it came to build quality and switchgear but the 508 SW is much better. The soft plastics are of a much higher standard and the all-round build quality looks to be enhanced. The dash is clean but simple making life easy for the driver.

Not only is this car good to drive quickly, it is also very good at cruising. The ride is comfortable and although it may be a little firm for some, it's ideal for motorway journeys. With the sales mix expected to be around 80% fleet then this is perfect as a company car. Long journeys should be a breeze as the seats are well bolstered and offer good back support for both driver and front seat passenger.

The surroundings are quite plush and the refinement is boosted thanks to the standard sound-deadening windscreen and dampers on the front axle to reduce engine vibration. The head-up display, which means you can check your speed without taking your eyes of the road, is also very useful.