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Peugeot 508 SW (2019–)

Last updated 6 June 2019

 
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Kerb weight 1430–1540 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 16,000–20,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

Initially, the 508 SW is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. Petrol buyers are best catered for with the entry-level 1.6-litre 180PS Puretech engine, which comes with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission as standard.

This is a really strong engine, with plenty of power for overtaking, without being too noisy. The gearbox is good - you can catch it out if you try to accelerate quickly out of a bend - but it's rarely flustered during day-to-day driving.

There's also a 225PS version of the same engine, although it doesn't feel that much quicker than the 180PS model. It's only available on high-spec GT and First Edition models, meaning it starts at more than £38,000 - quite a lot of money for a car like this.

The majority of 508 SW sales are initially expected to be with a diesel engine, which explains why there's a strong line-up of diesels available.

The entry-level 1.5 BlueHDi 130 diesel engine is the only one available with a six-speed manual gearbox. This is aimed at company car drivers, although it's a perfectly likeable setup.

The engine is smooth and willing, with excellent economy (officially returning between 52.5mpg and 59.8mpg), and the manual transmission is pleasant enough to use. It might not be as slick as some rival manual gearboxes, but neither is it like stirring porridge.

The BlueHDi 130 is also available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while more powerful offerings are made up of a 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel with 160 or 180PS depending on spec.

A plug-in hybrid 508 SW will be available from late 2019. This combines a 12kWh battery with an 80kW electric motor, providing a 30-mile range under electric power. Peugeot says the batteries will be located under the second row seats to ensure there's no compromise to space or practicality.

Engines aside, the Peugeot 508 SW is a pretty good car to drive. It handles well, without too much lean in the bends, while the tiny steering wheel adds to the feeling of agility. It does make it feel slightly nervous on the motorway, though, responding keenly to small inputs. It might become a bit tiresome on a long journey, but it's something most drivers will get used to quickly.

With the standard suspension, the Peugeot 508 SW feels a bit fidgety on broken roads, struggling to smooth out bumps in the same way the Skoda Superb does.

Peugeot's active suspension is available on all but entry-level Active models, and is standard on higher-spec models. This firms the suspension up if you select Sports mode, while Comfort or Normal modes makes it feel slightly floaty. The differences are negligable, though, and we wouldn't advise paying more for the adaptive suspension as an optional extra.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.5 BlueHDi 71–72 mpg - 129 mph 103–105 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi EAT8 72–74 mpg - 129 mph 100–103 g/km
1.6 Puretech 180 EAT8 51–52 mpg - 140 mph 125–127 g/km
1.6 Puretech 225 EAT8 50 mpg - 153 mph 132 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 160 EAT8 60–63 mpg - 140–144 mph 119–124 g/km
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