Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

2019 Peugeot 508 SW front driving

  • Wide range of petrol and diesel engines available
  • Automatic gearboxes for all but one of them
  • Strong performance from majority of the line-up

What engine options are there?

The range of engines available for the 508 SW is extensive, sharing the entire line-up with the Fastback. That means a selection of petrol and diesel engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid that will likely appeal to company car drivers.

Petrol engines

Engine Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
Puretech 180
180hp, 250Nm
Puretech 225
225hp, 300Nm 7.4secs

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Two petrols are available for the SW – both of which are 1.6 litres in size and turbocharged. There’s the PureTech 180 that comes exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and is a bit of a sweet spot in the range.

It won’t blow you away with rapid performance, but it’s a great all-round fit in the 508 and mixes adequate performance with impressive refinement, which is more a priority in an estate car than outright speed. If you do need an extra turn of speed, there’s a noticeable pick-up when you put the car in Sport mode. For most though, it’s more than enough and a nice alternative to diesel.

If you want more power from your petrol 508, there’s the PureTech 225, with 225hp and 300Nm of torque, but only available in top-spec GT models, meaning there’s quite a hike in price over the PureTech 180. And while it's quick in paper, most of the time you won’t notice this when you’re just bumbling about town. It requires a little less effort when you do need some extra oomph, but we’re not sure it’s worth the extra outlay.

Again, this engine comes with the EAT8 automatic gearbox as standard with no manual alternative.

Diesel engines

Engine Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
Blue HDi 130
131hp, 300Nm
Blue HDi 160
163hp, 400Nm 9.1secs
Blue HDi 180
177hp, 400Nm 8.3secs

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Kicking off the diesel range is a BlueHDi 130. It’s the only engine available with a six-speed manual gearbox (although you can also specify the automatic). For the manual, 0-62mph takes 9.9 seconds (above), while the automatic completes the sprint in 10.1 seconds.

Alternatively, there’s a 2.0-litre BlueHDi in 160 and 180 forms. The top-spec model comes exclusively in GT trim, and it's the strongest engine in the line-up for pulling power.  It’s a great fit in the 508, pulling strongly from low revs while remaining quiet and civilised – rarely becoming vocal even when you’re pushing it. But you don’t really feel the need to do that in this car. What’s more impressive is the strong pull at motorway speeds, making it a great long-distance option.

Electric and hybrid engines

There's a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 508 SW for those looking for a tax-friendly version – and although we've yet to drive it in estate form, we've tested the Fastback PHEV. Maximum power is 225hp, although in petrol-mode only it will still deliver 180hp, while the same figure for battery-mode only is 110hp.

The big news for company car drivers is that it puts out 27g/km in the five-door Fastback form and is good for a 39-mile range on purely electric power. As well as being tax- and (potentially) fuel-friendly, it's quick too. In Sport driving mode, the 0-62mph time is 5.9 seconds and it's good for a maximum speed of 155mph. In Electric mode, it will behave like a 110hp EV, and in Hybrid drives like a standard hybrid car such as a Toyota Prius.

You also get a Comfort mode, but if our experience in the Fastback 508 is anything to go by, this car is best in Sport. It combines both the petrol engine and electric motors and proves highly useful around town, where the electric motors make the most difference from low speeds. You also get a B mode for the transmission system which activates the car’s regenerative braking system, allowing the driver to slow down effectively by backing off the accelerator.


  • Shares similar characteristics with the 508 Fastback
  • Which means it’s surprisingly agile for a large car
  • Quick steering makes it feel sharper than it is

The 508 SW is a big car, but it doesn’t feel that way on the move. That’s – in large part – due to the i-Cockpit setup which features a far smaller steering wheel than you’d find in any of its rivals. The steering is quick too, so you find yourself getting around a corner with very little turning of the wheel. In turn this makes the 508 feel more agile than many of its rivals, but there’s little in the way of feedback through the steering wheel and it’s very light in Comfort and Normal modes.

We found that the small i-Cockpit wheel takes some getting used to. It can be difficult to adjust to the inputs required - again, a product of having relatively light steering and such a small wheel. However, once you're entrenched, the system works well, and it's not so twitchy on faster roads to be annoying.

There are drive modes on offer, though we’d suggest Sport is probably best left alone – sit back and enjoy the supportive seats instead, because if you go too quickly around a corner you’ll find their lateral support leaves a little to be desired. In all other aspects, however, on the high-spec cars we tried, the seats impressed with their adjustability and suppleness – more so than in more expensive executive rivals. 

Comfort seems to suit the 508’s character far better by softening the control weights, while Normal is the default setting and sits in the middle. Manual simply allows the driver to change gears themselves with the paddleshifters.

Overall, this is an estate car isn’t for throwing around on a twisty B-road. Take it easy and it remains composed and nicely balanced, with good body control for such a large car, and impressive grip.

2019 Peugeot 508 SW rear driving