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Peugeot 508 SW (2021) profile view

  • Greater practicality than the 508 Fastback
  • But trails many of its rivals for outright space
  • Square and practical boot with useful touches

How much space is there?

The Peugeot 508 SW may look like a big estate car, but it doesn’t feel intimidating on the move, and there’s a good amount of space inside for a young family. Up front there’s plenty of space to stretch out in, while those in the rear will appreciate the extra headroom over the regular Fastback model.

Go for a higher-spec model (or pay extra for the panoramic roof) and the black headlining can darken things in the back, while that sunroof can restrict headroom noticeably. However, the upside is that it lets a lot of light in. Space is adequate for taller passengers as long as there isn’t someone too tall in the front – legroom is fine but if you want to tuck your feet under the seat in front, it’s a little limited.

You’ll find far greater levels of space in the rear seats of the Volvo V60 and the Skoda Superb Estate, so make sure there’s enough room for your needs if you’re set on the Peugeot.

Boot space and storage

2019 Peugeot 508 SW boot size

The boot in the 508 SW measures in at a useful 530 litres with the rear seats in place. It’s a nice, deep load area that’s accessed via a large tailgate with low loading lip, but overall space still trails its rivals. Again, you’ll find a larger area in its rivals – the Passat Estate offers 650 litres, however it’s on a par with the Volvo V60, and is more commodious than an Audi A4 Avant.

Folding the seats is easy, freeing up a lot of extra room, but they don’t fold entirely flat, although there’s no lip between the boot floor and seats when they are tumbled forwards. The roof is quite low, however, so it may not be as easy to get big, heavy items through the gap as you might expect.

Is it easy to park?

The 508 SW is smaller than its rivals, which makes it less of a burden in town. Parking sensors and the option of all-round camera aid with visibility – one of the 508’s biggest issues. The view out of the small rear window is largely blocked by the rear headrests, while tinted glass and large pillars also limit overall visibility.

The small mirrors don’t help a great deal, either, but automated parking is available as a cost option. Up front things are much easier when it comes to visibility, and the small steering wheel helps the 508 feel more agile around town.

How big is it?

  All Peugeot 508 SW models
Length  4,778mm
Width (without mirrors)  1,859mm
Width (with mirrors)  2,079mm
Height  1,420mm

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Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • Generous amount of safety and driver assistance tech
  • Three Isofix points for child seats too

The 508 Fastback received a strong crash safety rating when it was tested in 2018, with particularly good scores for adult occupant protection and performance in side impacts. There should be no difference in terms of crash performance between that and the SW model.

As standard, the 508 comes with six airbags, active bonnet, a driver attention alert system, three Isofix child seat anchors, cruise control with speed limiter, autonomous emergency braking, a distance alert system and active lane-keep assistance.

Move further up the range and adaptive cruise control, active blindspot monitoring, automatic high-beam and traffic sign recognition become standard, as well as a more advanced driver attention alert system.

Peugeot 508 crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Peugeot 508 SW.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
Active optional equipment
None available

Active Premium equipment

Active Premium standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Traction control
Active Premium optional equipment
None available

Allure equipment

Allure standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Allure optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Allure Edition equipment

Allure Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Allure Edition optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Space saver spare wheel

Allure Premium equipment

Allure Premium standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Allure Premium optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
First Edition optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Traction control

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
GT optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

GT Line equipment

GT Line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
GT Line optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

GT Line Edition equipment

GT Line Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
GT Line Edition optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

GT Premium equipment

GT Premium standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
GT Premium optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

Sport Engineered equipment

Sport Engineered standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
Sport Engineered optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Peugeot 508 SW was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 71%
Safety Assist: 79%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.