Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Peugeot 508 SW (2020) range - grey and white GT models

Should you buy one?

Yes, if you're an individualist. Peugeot has boldly gone its own way with the dramatic-looking and desirable 508 SW, and we reckon it's done a great job. The styling of the 508 SW is spot on – it’s eye-catching without being flashy and upmarket enough to compete with the established premium rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant.

The 508 isn’t the most practical estate car though. If you want that, head straight to Skoda as the Octavia Estate and Superb Estate models both offer vast loadbays and more interior space at lower cost. But as an alternative to a 3 Series Touring, A4 Avant or Volvo V60, the 508 is genuinely worth a look as an interesting alternative.

What we like

We love its looks – and although it's not as pretty as the 508 Fastback, it's still a very handsome estate car. Inside is where it impresses even further. Quality is impressive with very few nasty plastics to be found. On top of that, all models come with supremely comfortable seats that will make undertaking long journeys even easier. Those in the rear aren't that well served in terms of leg- and headroom, so family buyers, bear that in mind.

What we don't like

The i-Cockpit dashboard design still might not suit all drivers’ physiques and personal tastes, but it’s well-coordinated and successfully implementated, with a modern, upmarket look and feel.

We've already discussed the lack of luggage space, so we won't labour the point, but we will voice a slight disappointment at the Puretech 225's power delivery. It's quick on paper, but is hard work extracting that performance out of it, which is down to a lack of mid-range pulling power.

Which 508 SW is best for you?

We’d suggest the PureTech 180 if you’re a private buyer – it’s smooth and refined and doesn’t feel like it loses out too much to the equivalent diesel in terms of get-up-and-go. The extra torque of the BlueHDi 180 might be welcome to some, but it’s only available in a higher-spec GT trim which will cost you more to buy.

The PHEV looks tempting for company car drivers with a BIK rate of 10% for the 2020/21 financial year, going up to 11 and 12% in 2021/22 and 2022/23 respectively. It's faster and potentially more economical than the diesel - assuming you make full use of its plug-in capability.

Do your homework on the trim structure and engine options and compare finance costs if you're planning on taking Peugeot's PCP finance option. In particular, it’s crucial to price up your running costs over the period you’re planning on keeping the car. Fleet drivers in particular may find monthly bills steadily creeping skywards.

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