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Peugeot 508 SW Review

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"Great-looking large family estate"
  • Launched: 2020
  • Estate
  • Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Great looks
  • Stylish interior
  • Excellent standard infotainment

Cons

  • Bouncy on bumpy roads
  • Interior quality a little patchy
  • Not as practical as other estate cars

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Peugeot 508 SW Right Side View

Overall verdict

Peugeot 508 SW Front Interior

On the inside

Peugeot 508 SW Front View

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Peugeot 508 SW Rearview

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Overall verdict

"The Peugeot 508 SW is a large family estate car that looks gorgeous. It’s a rival to models such as the Volkswagen Passat Estate, Skoda Superb Estate and Ford Mondeo Estate, though even posh models like the BMW 3 Series Touring can’t match the Peugeot’s stylish looks."

Peugeot 508 SW Right Side View

And that goes for the inside, too. The Peugeot gets a two-spoke steering wheel and a slim dashboard design that centres on the driver. What catches your attention, though, is the standard digital instrument binnacle which is usually a costly option on a car like this and will dazzle you with its multi-function display and slick animations.


To it, you can add a large central infotainment screen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use most of your smartphone’s features – including its sat-nav and music apps – on the car’s big screen. 


The advantages of choosing the 508 SW over the standard Peugeot 508 are two-fold. The SW estate’s flatter roofline means you get more rear headroom as well as a larger boot. Sure, estate versions of the Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat have more room, but the 508 is still a practical family car.


And it doesn’t just look sporty, the 508 SW also feels quite sporty to drive. Its stiff suspension means you won’t notice much body roll in corners and there’s no shortage of grip. That said, it’s noticeably less comfortable than a Skoda Superb Estate. 


Avoid the basic 130PS diesel model and you also get decent performance worthy of the 508’s composed handling. The mid-range 163PS diesel feels pretty quick – it gets from 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds – and will happily return 50mpg at a cruise. Avoiding the entry-level diesel means you also get Peugeot’s smooth-shifting automatic gearbox which takes the strain out of stop-start driving and also makes the 508 SW quieter on the motorway. 


Want a decent town car? Then consider the petrol-electric hybrid model, its ability to run on cheap electric power alone for around 30 miles can slash your costs if you have a short commute, which is just as well because it’s quite expensive to buy.


While we’re about it, we’d also recommend you go for Peugeot’s GT Line trim level. It adds a host of exterior options that make the pretty 508 SW look positively dreamy, while inside you get half leather seats and a Sport mode that makes the car more fun to drive. 


The GT Line trim level helps accentuate the 508’s best qualities, but whichever model you go for you’ll end up with a practical family car that’s also very desirable. That makes the 508 SW unique amongst mainstream family cars.

Is the Peugeot 508 SW right for you?

The Peugeot 508 SW is right for you if you want a car that blends style with practicality. On the outside, it’s styling looks more coupe than practical estate car and it feels sporty on the inside too, thanks to its driver-centric design and large infotainment displays. Yet, along with that, you get room for four tall adults and a boot that’ll swallow a family’s luggage for a fortnight.


Sure, the Peugeot isn’t as sporty to drive a BMW but its firm suspension means it handles corners doggedly and all but the basic diesel offers decent performance. The hybrid model is also worth a look if you live in the city. What the 508 offers is genuine desirability that more sensibly styled – and slightly more practical family cars – can’t hope to match.

What's the best Peugeot 508 SW model/engine to choose?

The model/engine combination that makes the most sense in the 508 SW is the 163PS diesel in sporty GT Line trim.  The 163PS diesel is a well-balanced engine giving you plenty of overtaking performance combined with cheap running costs. Like every model bar the basic diesel, it also comes as standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that makes the 508 easy in town and quiet on the motorway.


GT Line trim accentuates the 508 SW’s smart looks. You get larger 18-inch alloy wheels and a subtle body kit, while inside there’s half (fake) leather upholstery and you get Peugeot’s larger 10-inch infotainment screen. GT Line models also get a Sport button which sharpens the car’s responses and makes it sound rortier. 

What other cars are similar to the Peugeot 508 SW?

The Peugeot 508 SW’s sporty styling is a unique selling point when compared to other family estate cars. Okay, so a Skoda Superb Estate and Volkswagen Passat Estate have more room inside, but the Peugeot is still practical enough for most people with room for adults in the back and a big boot. And, while it’s not quite as solidly built, the Peugeot’s interior drips with cool that’s missing from the Skoda and Volkswagen. 


Sure, it’s not as fun to drive as a Ford Mondeo Estate, but it isn’t as dull as ditchwater either and you get a choice of engines that won’t cost a fortune to run.

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Peugeot 508 SW Front Interior

On the inside

Peugeot 508 SW Front View

Driving

Peugeot 508 SW Rearview

Cost to run

Peugeot 508 SW Rearview

Prices and Specs

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