Our cars: Peugeot 508 SW - June

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Peugeot 508 SW 2.2 HDi 204 GT

Week ending June 29
Mileage: 24,923
Driven this week: 356 miles

Peugeot 508 SW review

I don't think there is anything in the world more optimistic than the ETA on a sat nav system. The 508 is no different to most, and despite a traffic button, which often displays long lists of congestion in the area, it never seems to accurately take them into account. That said, the predictions of where the traffic jams will be found are normally pretty good. I often add at least 20% onto the journey time predicted, and even then I am sometimes late.


Week ending June 23
Mileage: 25,567
Driven this week: 186

A year on from launch I'm seeing more 508s on the road than ever. They're still a relatively rare sight, but the the other day I saw a black SW GT in black – just like ours. It looked great actually, though the majority of sales are of the mid-range Active model. It's at this price point and specification that the 508 makes most sense, where it is more easily compared with close competitors without drawing itself into fights with BMW, Mercedes or Audi.

Week ending June 17
Mileage: 25,381
Driven this week: 549 miles

A quick trip to France this week, to visit a castle used for the filming of the BBC’s Merlin series (Chateau Pierrefonds if you’re interested). It’s not difficult to see how the 508 ended up so stiffly sprung, because it feels great on the super-smooth pothole-free autoroutes. The quiet roads also allowed for a record economy run. Four-up with a reasonable haul of luggage the 508 hit 42.8mpg, matching my previous record set whilst driving through Germany.

Week ending June 8
Mileage: 24,832
Driven this week: 221

Can you ever pinpoint when a car begins to feel 'used' and no longer 'new'? I think the 508 may have just crossed that tipping point. While the interior still looks and feels great, there is now an almost continual squeak from the luggage area, and I am pretty sure the ride quality has begun to deteriorate further. It was always a fear that the big Peugeot would show its miles, and it may just be starting to do exactly that.

Week ending June 1
Mileage: 24,611
Driven this week: 241 miles

A colleague borrowed our 508 recently and when he returned it, the full-length cover of the glass roof was closed. It wasn't until I retracted it on the motorway that I truly appreciated how much extra wind noise it invites into the cabin.

Even so, I've left it open because no matter how much time I spend in the 508, I've never bored of the fantastic flood of light it offers into the car. It's a compromise, but one I'm willing to except in the 508. Having said that, I will try and remember to close it when driving in the dark.

Our cars: Peugeot 508 SW - May


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