4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Interesting and good-looking alternative to premium rivals

Peugeot 508 SW (19 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £33,585 - £42,245
Lease from new From £374 p/m View lease deals
Used price £14,740 - £36,520
Used monthly cost From £368 per month
Fuel Economy 36.3 - 235.4 mpg
Road tax cost £140 - £475
Insurance group 22 - 34 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Handsome, individual looks
  • Powerful and economical engines
  • Innovative, upmarket interior

CONS

  • Top-spec models are pricey
  • Load floor not flat when rear seats folded
  • Rear-seat room is not good enough for adults

Peugeot 508 SW rivals

Written by Tom Goodlad on

Although right now, it seems as if the majority car buyers have come to the conclusion that the SUV is the answer to all their needs, there's still a fair few of us who enjoy a good estate car. Peugeot agrees, and has attempted to make the 508 SW – the estate version of the 508 Fastback – appeal to traditional buyers as well as those who love a desirable, ‘lifestyle’ option.

We think Peugeot has managed it. Rather than chasing outright carrying capacity, the 508 SW is sleek and stylish, and appeals to buyers who want some extra versatility, but wrapped up in a package that really looks the business. As such, it rivals the likes of the premium Volvo V60 and BMW 3 Series Touring.

Yet Peugeot’s still firmly a mainstream brand, so the 508 SW must also compare favourably with the Skoda Superb Estate and Volkswagen Passat Estate. It’s off to a great start with handsome styling, a wide range of powerful and efficient engines and an avant-garde interior that’s like nothing else in the class. But can its driving credentials back up the bold looks?

Sleek and stylish load-lugger

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that, in stark contrast to its ugly, blobby predecessor, the new Peugeot 508 SW is a bit of a looker. Its low-slung roofline, wide stance and distinctive, sharp-edged styling front and rear really set it apart from its rivals.

The design is at its best in higher-spec trims, where attractive LED light signatures front and rear really make the 508 SW stand out from the competition. The sabre-tooth daytime running lights are particularly distinctive, as are the eye-catching rear LED lights.

That style continues on the inside, where a high-set centre console, digital dial pack and wide, 10-inch infotainment screen all combine to give a real driver focus to the cockpit. That’s aided by Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dial layout, which positions the gauges high up above a small, squared-off steering wheel.  

Again, it’s higher trim levels that are the most appealing here, with very fancy quilted leather upholstery, interesting carbon-effect dashboard trim and plenty of chrome.

How practical is the 508 SW?

Peugeot has an extensive back-catalogue of roomy estate cars and the latest iteration of the 508 SW is no different.

The previous model was a relatively spacious vehicle, with room enough for four six-foot-plus adults, and this new 508 SW has the same amount of space behind the front seats. It’s not commodious in the way a Skoda Superb Estate is back there, but certainly more generous than an Audi A4 Avant or BMW 3 Series Touring – both smaller cars, but ones Peugeot thinks buyers will be considering alongside this new French protagonist.

With the rear seats in place there’s 530 litres of space available below the fabric luggage cover, extending to 1,780 when the seats are dropped down.

Wide range of engines

There’s petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engine options for the Peugeot 508 SW. The range is identical to the Fastback’s, so there’s a pair of 1.6-litre turbocharged petrols and a trio of diesels – a 1.5 and two 2.0-litre units. Power ranges from 130hp right up to 225hp. All are matched to an eight-speed automatic, but a six-speed manual is also available with the 1.5-litre diesel.

The highest output engine, with 225hp, feels noticeably punchier than the 180 but somehow doesn’t suit the 508 SW’s comfy, laid-back character quite as well. At the other end of the range, the 1.5-litre BlueHDi is nicely efficient, but can be a little rattly and noisy when getting up to speed and the manual gearbox a little underwhelming to use.

The 508 SW plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is also available, marrying up a petrol engine with electric power and available at a price premium over the standard models. The hybrid version is based on the PureTech 180 petrol engine in combination with an electric motor for a combined system output of 225hp and an electric driving range of up to 39 miles.

Read on for the full review of this stylish alternative to the humdrum medium estate car...

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