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Peugeot 508 SW (2019–)

Last updated 6 June 2019

 
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Premium interior. Excellent automatic gearbox standard across most the range. 530-litre boot is easily accessed.
Expensive compared to mainstream rivals. Some buyers will turn their nose up at the Peugeot badge.
Updated 2 October 2018
Peugeot 508 SW First Edition announced

Based on the high-end GT finish, the 508 SW First Edition comes with gloss black grille surround and 19-inch Augusta diamond cut two-tone alloy wheels, with tinted varnish finish. It will be available...

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Introduction

The Peugeot 508 SW is an attractive estate car which rivals the likes of the Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat. Like the Fastback model, the 508 SW is an attempt to move the brand upmarket - which explains why prices start at around £5000 more than the equivalent Vauxhall Insignia or Ford Mondeo.

It certainly looks the part thanks to its lower and sleeker design, while frameless doors are offered for the first time in an estate of this size.

The interior feels equally special, taking a similar approach to the excellent 3008 and 5008. There's Peugeot's trademark tiny steering wheel, a 10-inch wide HD touchscreen (on all but entry-level models) and a configurable 12.3-inch digital head-up display. Toggle switches help it stand out, while plenty of soft-touch materials make it feel more premium than mainstream alternatives.

The 508 SW's 530 litres of boot space falls short compared to the Skoda Superb, but it's a useful shape with easy access. Folding the rear seats using Peugeot's Magic Flat feature is easy, should you need more space - leaving a generous 1780 litres of space.

There's a variety of petrol and diesel engines available, with even the lower-powered models offering more than adequate performance for a car of this type. The 180PS entry-level petrol is particularly good, although the majority of buyers will opt for a diesel. The entire diesel line-up is strong, combining impressive fuel economy with a refined drive.

Most models are paired with a very good eight-speed automatic transmission, although the entry-level diesel is available with a six-speed manual gearbox. A plug-in hybrid is set to follow late in 2019.

Few buyers will be convinced the 508 SW is a genuine alternative to premium brands - and, with top-spec models nudging £40,000, it's certainly a bold choice. But it's a good one, with an excellent interior and plenty of room for the family.

Peugeot 508 SW 2019 Range Road Test

List Price from £25,220
Buy new from £22,119
Contract hire from £213.35 per month
 

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