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Peugeot 508 SW long-term test

2019 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Keith Adams Published: 17 May 2021 Updated: 24 January 2024

Looking for a practical family estate car with excellent potential fuel economy and striking good looks? We’re running a Peugeot 508 SW with the plug-in hybrid powertrain to see if it’s a viable alternative to the traditional premium choices from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. What’s more, does a plug-in hybrid powertrain work with James’ lifestyle? Read on to find out.

Reports by James Dennison

James with his Peugeot 508 SW

Update 1: Welcome

Find out what spec we’ve got on our Peugeot 508 SW long-termer

Welcome to the Peugeot 508 SW. I like an estate car, so this should suit me very nicely, but I’m also keen to see whether I will enjoy the 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain more than I did in my existing Peugeot 408. You see, I don’t have a home charger and I’m convinced that in order to get the most out of a PHEV, you really need one – even more so than with an EV.

But all of that is to come. First let’s take a look at exactly what I’ve got with this Okenite White Peugeot 508 SW. The base 508 SW (with the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine) starts at just over £35k, while the plug-in hybrid bumps this up considerably to £45k. However, with options, my 508 SW (in top-spec GT trim) comes in at – wait for it – a smidge over £50,000… Yep, £50k for a Peugeot estate.

Even with the price of cars increasing, that’s a lot of cash and it puts it squarely in the bracket of the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Audi A4 Avant, not to mention the VW Passat Estate and Skoda Superb Estate. SUVs might be taking over the world, but that doesn’t mean there’s no longer healthy competition in the estate car market.

So what can my particular 508 SW offer? Well, I’ve got a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine 181hp and 300Nm of torque. This sends power to the front wheels via an e-EAT 8-speed automatic transmission. Complementing this is a 12.4kWh battery attached to an electric motor that combines with the petrol engine to deliver total outputs of 225hp and 360Nm of torque, with a claimed all-electric range of between 34 and 42 miles.

Peugeot 508 SW front three-quarter

My car is finished in top-spec (discounting the performance PSE variant) GT trim and as such includes equipment such as 18-inch Epherra alloy wheels, adaptative cruise control with stop and go function, a 360-degree camera and heated front seats. Nice. What’s more, I’ve also got the following options fitted:

  • Okenite White metallic paint (£650)
  • Smart electric tailgate (£425)
  • Focal premium speaker system with wireless smartphone charging (£900)
  • 7.4kW monophase on-board charger (£400)

Of these four options, there’s only one that I’m convinced by thus far. The metallic paint is nice but hard to keep clean, the smart tailgate isn’t essential and the premium speaker system doesn’t feel that punchy. However, the 7.4kW on-board charger cuts battery replenishment times from 3hr 25 mins to 1hr 45 mins.

First impressions of the 508 SW are generally positive. I think it looks fantastic (the prettiest estate car on sale today?), the motorway cruising manners are agreeable and it’s very practical. Downsides include the 1.8-tonne weight (it feels very heavy in the corners, plus I’m convinced it doesn’t steer as nicely as my old 408) and the electric range maxing out at 26 miles, rather than a number beginning with 3. Hopefully this improves.

Peugeot 508 SW side-on

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Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 long-term report
Real-world average fuel economy46.7 mpg
Official combined fuel economy (WLTP)274.8mpg
Parkers mpp (Miles per Pound) calculation6.2 mpp
Car joined Parkers’ fleetJune 2024