The Auto Trader expert verdict: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.0
Available new from £26,605
The SW brings an extra level of practicality to the 508 range, and in almost all other areas it has the same strengths and weaknesses as the hatchback. The bold look means it stands out on the road, while it also rides comfortably and has an attractive interior. It’s certainly worth checking out if you’re after a big premium estate.
Reasons to buy
- Eye-catching looks
- Pleasant to drive
- Attractive interior design
At a glance
Running costs for a Peugeot 508 SW
Version-for-version, the 508 costs a bit more than rivals like the Ford Mondeo Estate and Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer. It’s more comparable to the swanky Volkswagen Passat Estate on price.
Resale values of the 508 SW should be pretty solid, though, and fuel economy figures from the range of efficient turbocharged engines are right up there with the best-in-class. That means CO2 emissions are also impressively low, and that’s good news for company car drivers, because it means comparatively cheap tax bills. True, the insurance groupings of some versions look very high when compared with competitors, so make sure you check your premiums first, but costs for servicing and maintenance look to be competitive.
Reliability of a Peugeot 508 SW
The 508 uses much of the tried-and-tested hardware and technology used in the 308, 3008 and 5008 ranges, none of which have yet thrown up any notable, widespread reliability issues, according to our owner reviews. These models don’t fare quite so well in the Warranty Direct Reliability Index, but the cars under consideration in this study are the previous generation versions, which are very different mechanically to the latest cars. What’s more, Peugeot does rather better in the manufacturer standings of the study, sitting comfortably in the top half of the table.
What's more, JD Power's 2019 Vehicle Dependability Study puts Peugeot top in its ranking of the major manufacturers, a rise up from eighth the previous year. So we’re hopeful the 508 will prove to be a dependable machine, and it’s also covered by Peugeot’s standard (and extendable) three-year/60,000-mile warranty.
Safety for a Peugeot 508 SW
The 508 has plenty of kit, with all cars featuring an active bonnet, six airbags, a Driver Attention Alert system, stability control, three Isofix child-seat fittings (front passenger and outer two rear seats), a tyre-pressure monitoring system, cruise control with a speed limiter, and speed limit recognition with recommendation.
All versions also come with a Safety Pack, which includes Advanced Automatic Emergency Braking, Distance Alert and Active Lane Keeping Assist.
Allure models get a more comprehensive driver alert set-up, adaptive front lights, full traffic sign recognition and Active Blind Spot Detection.
GT-Line models have self-levelling LED headlights as standard, while GT cars gain adaptive cruise control and steering support.
How comfortable is the Peugeot 508 SW
The 508’s suspension is set up for comfort rather than sportiness, and it rides well, smoothing out bumpy roads to keep things serene inside. This is helped by impressively low levels of road- and wind noise. On the handling front, you’ll find that it stays predictable and well behaved, but it’s at its best when you’re content to cruise along in a relaxed manner.
There’s lots of space up front, and plenty of legroom in the back, and because the SW doesn’t have the same sloping roofline as the 508 hatchback, rear headroom is much more generous. There are plenty of cubby holes, two good-sized door bins, a pair of cupholders in the centre console (and two more in the rear on all models from Allure upwards) and a hidden storage tray underneath the gear lever, which accommodates a wireless smartphone charging pad (standard on GT-Line and above). The 530-litre boot expands to 1,780 litres if you fold the seats down. That’s not as impressive as either Volkswagen’s Passat or the Skoda Superb Estate, but it’s better than you get in the Ford Mondeo Estate.
The interior design looks modern and interesting, and although the materials don't feel quite as dense as those in rivals such as the VW Passat or Audi A4 Avant, things are still posh enough to give an impression of quality. The base-level Active model gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen, but upgrading to Allure gets you a 10.0-inch HD touchscreen instead. Not only does all the tech look really stylish and futuristic, it all works intuitively thanks to ‘piano key’ shortcut buttons below the touchscreen. However, the pictures on the buttons are quite hard to see from the driver's seat, so you'll need to learn which one is which.
Features of the Peugeot 508 SW
Entry-point Active models are fitted with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, DAB, 3D navigation, voice recognition, automatic lights and wipers, MirrorScreen connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Allure trim brings, among other things, parking sensors all round, a 180-degree camera, keyless entry and go and ambient lighting.
GT-Line gets some of the sporty looks of the GT models (albeit with less powerful engines), with quite big changes to the exterior and interior appearance, and adding 18-inch alloys and a smartphone charging plate.
The GT model gains adaptive suspension, full leather upholstery, a Focal premium sound system, a smart electric tailgate and 19-inch wheels.
Power for a Peugeot 508 SW
Buyers have lots of choice over the engine that powers their 508. The diesels will likely be most popular, and there’s a 1.5-litre BlueHDi with 130 horsepower, while a larger 2.0-litre BlueHDi delivers either 160 or 180 horsepower. On the petrol side of the line-up, a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine puts out either 180 or 225 horsepower. There’s also a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid that we haven’t had the chance to try yet. All engines come with an automatic gearbox, except the 1.5 diesel, which has a (slightly imprecise) six-speed manual as standard (although you can add the auto’ as an optional extra).
All the engines we’ve tried feel decently punchy, helped in no small part by the fact that the 508 is a reasonably light car, so whichever you choose, you won’t be left wanting for pace. We reckon it’s probably the 160 horsepower diesel that strikes the best balance between performance and cost. The 1.6-litre petrol engine sounds a little gruff when you work it hard, and you hear a bit of turbo whistle, but the rest of the engines stay smooth and quiet.