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New 2019 Peugeot 508 SW revealed

  • Voluminous estate version of the new 508
  • Low-slung, distinctive styling for a family wagon
  • On sale early 2019; PHEV later that year
  • Voluminous estate version of the new 508
  • Low-slung, distinctive styling for a family wagon
  • On sale early 2019; PHEV later that year

True to form, and as sure as night follows day, shortly after the debut of its saloon-like sibling comes the all-new Peugeot 508 SW – the capacious estate version of the French marque’s large executive car.

Read about the 2018 Peugeot 508 Fastback here

Attempting to straddle that middle-ground between mainstream and premium, the second-generation 508 SW not only tackles the likes of the Ford Mondeo Estate, Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer and Volkswagen Passat Estate head-on, it tilts at the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring and Volvo V90, too.

How spacious is the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW?

Peugeot’s got an extensive back-catalogue of roomy estate cars and the latest iteration of the 508 SW is no different. That it pulls off such a commodious loadbay despite its rakish styling is all the more impressive.

With the rear seats in place there’s 530 litres of space available below the luggage cover, extending to 1,780 when they’re folded over.

Peugeot 508 SW loadspace

Unlike rivals with a flexible 40:20:40 split rear seat, the 508 SW’s is a more traditional 60:40, although the panel behind the central armrest folds down for long, slender loads.

Peugeot describes the rear seats as having a Magic Flat function, but looking at the only official picture of the loadspace released so far, they don’t appear to be on quite the same plane as the boot floor.

One aspect of the 508 Fastback that lets it down is the lack of rear headroom, a factor that should be alleviated in the 508 SW thanks to its roofline being more horizontal.

Which engines will the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW have?

Powertrains for the 508 SW will mirror those of the Fastback, so expect a combination of turbocharged PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel units.

Both PureTechs are four-cylinder 1.6-litre motors in 180hp and 225hp guises, while there’s more breadth with the diesel offerings available in 1.5- (130hp) and 2.0-litre (160hp and 180hp) capacities.

Peugeot 508 SW side dynamic

All engines are solely available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, aside from the entry-level diesel, which has a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

Boosting the efficiency of the petrol models is a coasting function that disconnects the engine from the gearbox when no acceleration is required, netting a 3% fuel economy improvement.

Will there be a Peugeot 508 SW plug-in hybrid?

Electrification is coming: Joining the range late in 2019 will be a 508 SW plug-in hybrid (PHEV), marrying up a petrol engine with electric power.

No technical details have yet been released, but it has a claimed electric-only range of 31 miles, while the SW’s practicality isn’t compromised as the battery pack will be located under the rear seats.

Peugeot 508 SW dashboard

A fully electric 508 SW could also follow in due course, but it’s likely to be 2020 at the earliest before this sees the light of day.

How much will the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW cost?

Peugeot has so far been coy about 508 SW pricing, but given the outgoing model costs approximately £1,600 more than its saloon counterpart, it’s a useful yardstick this time around.

Trim levels are expected to follow the 508 Fastback format with Allure, GT Line and GT, although a range-topping First Edition may headline the SW line-up for its first months on sale.

Order books are expected to open for the 508 SW before the end of 2018, although it will be January 2019 before it’s available in showrooms.

Parkers will be among the first to drive this stylish load-lugger, so check back with us soon for the full Peugeot 508 SW review

Peugeot 508 SW rear dynamic

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