New Peugeot 508 SW – A Stunning Estate
The new Peugeot 508 SW is the stunning estate version of the 508 Fastback. Competing against the likes of the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Volvo V60, Peugeot has its work cut out. What the 508 SW does well is to turn heads. It is a gorgeous looking estate, from all angles, combined with a top-quality interior. With four trim levels and a variety of petrol and diesel engines available, the Peugeot covers all bases. It has one of the better standard equipment lists, amongst others in its class.
Peugeot is producing some of the best looking family cars, and the 508 SW is no exception and will undoubtedly look to take the fight to its more expensive, premium rivals. It is a great versatile family car, but also a good choice for company car owners, with good economy figures, luggage space and safety features.
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Space, Practicality and Safety
The Peugeot 508 SW is a very safe car and received the top 5-star rating, at the Euro NCAP safety tests carried out in 2018. Peugeot has kitted the 508 SW out with lots of safety features and assists as standard, such as three Isofix child seat points, multiple airbags, cruise control, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and active lane-keep assist.
As you move further up the trim levels, extra safety assists and features are included, such as Adaptive Cruise Control with 'stop and go' function, traffic sign recognition, active blindspot monitoring, to name a few. All of these combine to make this an excellent choice for families, with more standard safety equipment and assists than in most rivals.
The 508 SW is more spacious than its saloon counterpart and quite generous throughout, with an excellent selection storage cubbies inside the cabin, so easy to find a home for all your bits and bobs. Some of these include door pockets, glovebox, various cupholders and a cavernous storage compartment under the central armrest.
In the front, space is perfect, with plenty of legroom and headroom, even if you opt for the panoramic sunroof. The front seats are manually adjustable, but the seat base is tilted electrically, so finding a comfy driving or passenger position shouldn't be an issue.
In the rear, space is better than in the 508 saloon. This is due to added height in the roofline, of around 2cm. It doesn't sound like much, but it makes a big difference. Legroom though is the same as in the saloon (Fastback) model and can be a little tight for anyone upwards of 6ft. If it is mainly children going in the back, then there shouldn't be any issues. If you are planning on carrying tall adult passengers on regular occasions, then the Skoda Superb Estate offers greater leg and headroom in the back.
Boot space is one of the more important features when purchasing an estate car, over the standard saloon version, so there needs to be a decent size difference. The 508 SW is a little over 10% bigger coming in with a capacity of 530-litres which increases to 1780-litres with the rear seats folded down. Although this capacity is not best in class, it does beat rivals such as the Mazda 6 Tourer and Ford Mondeo Estate, as well as the premium BMW 3 Series Touring. The opening of the boot is wide, and the loading lip is fairly flat, which makes getting large items in and out much easier than in other models. There is also an optional electric tailgate available, standard on the GT Line trim which could make life even easier when accessing the boot.
Engines, Power and Performance
The Peugeot 508 SW shares the same line up of engines as the saloon model, which means there are two petrol and three diesel options to choose from. The petrol engines are the 1.6-litre Puretech 180 and the 1.6-litre PureTech 225 both of which are mated to the new EAT8 transmission (8-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission). There is no manual transmission option available with the petrol engines, but manual gearshifting can be done using the flappy paddles behind the steering wheel. The PureTech 180 produces 181hp and 250Nm torque with the PureTech 225 producing 224hp and 300Nm torque. Both engines perform well, although the 225 is only available on the highest trim model (GT) and comes at a premium price.
The diesel line up starts with the 1.5-litre Blue HDi developing 131hp and 300Nm torque. It is the only engine which comes with a choice of transmissions, either a six-speed manual or the EAT8. Next up is the 2-litre BlueHDi 160 which develops 163hp and 400Nm torque mated to the EAT8 transmission only. As with the petrol engines, the most potent diesel 2-litre BlueHDi 180 which produces 177hp and 400Nm torque is only available on the highest trim model (GT). Again it is mated to the EAT8 transmission. The best option would be the mid-range BlueHDi 160 as it offers the same torque figures and only 14hp less than the more powerful 180 but for a much lower price.
It is a shame that Peugeot has not made the six-speed manual gearbox available across more of the engine range, to give customers the option.
Interior and Technology
The interior of the 508 SW is basically the same as the one found in the 508 Fastback and therefore features Peugeot's i-Cockpit design. All 508 SW's come with an impressive list of standard features, such as automatic folding mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless start and a 12.3-inch customizable digital instrument cluster, which replaces the standard analogue instrument dials. There is an 8-inch colour touchscreen for the infotainment system which includes Bluetooth connectivity, connected 3D sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and voice recognition. Choose the Allure model or above and you get a larger 10-inch touchscreen, Visio Park 1 system and heated front seats, to name just a few extras.
The interior is made up of soft-touch plastics/materials, with any cheaper harder plastic kept in places you generally don't see. There are some lovely trim pieces and inserts, which help break up the standard, all-black dashboard. Everything feels well built and of high quality, and although not quite as plush as the premium BMW or AUDI rivals, it's certainly not far away and is, in all fairness, very impressive.
The Peugeot 508 SW is a sleek and handsome looking estate car which offers great value for money which lots of top quality systems and features as standard even on the base model. It is a versatile family car well worth considering if you're in the market and will not leave you disappointed.