Our cars: Peugeot 508 SW - March 2012
Week ending March 23
Driven this week: 688
Peugeot 508 SW review
I swapped my VW Passat Estate for the 508 SW at the weekend. Very interesting it was, too.
The Peugeot is far plusher than the Volkswagen, with quality materials that give the cabin a genuinely upmarket feel. Everything feels solidly put together, too, which hasn’t always been a Peugeot strength.
It also looks far more striking than the Passat inside and out; in fact, I reckon it’s one of the best-looking cars in the class.
Those sharp looks don’t come at the expense of a big boot, either. True, it’s not as big or as practically shaped as the Passat’s, but it was large enough to take two suitcases and all manner of bags.
Some of the other aspects aren’t quite so good, though. The ride is hard, especially around town, and coarse surfaces kick up too much road noise at speed. There also isn’t enough storage space around the driver, and this top-spec version is a) too expensive and b) has too many information displays.
Still, it’s a fine motorway cruiser, and after five hours behind the wheel on Saturday, I emerged ache-free and pretty fresh.
Week ending March 16
Driven this week: 523
I’m a big fan of the 508’s interior: classy, durable and easy to use – but I do wish there was a more obvious place for my mobile phone.
After much head scratching, I’ve turned to wedging it underneath the lid of the central cubby. It’s not ideal, but I’ve struggled to find anywhere else for it. In my experience, a phone needs to remain in sight, otherwise I end up leaving it behind once I’ve left the car…
Week ending March 9
Driven this week: 525
I came across another 508 SW GT driver this week who says he is getting 44mpg from his car. Given that I have not yet bettered 43mpg, while on a long distance motorway cruise, it’s given me a new target to aim for.
We know on What Car? that a relatively small change in driving behaviour can net useful economy gains. I will attempt to put that to the test over the next week and report back.
Week ending March 2
Driven this week: 423 miles
After the hard yards of the past two weeks, it’s back to normal service for our 508. While reflecting on its supreme long-distance abilities, I read our review of the new range-topping 508 RXH and also spotted a piece on our sister site autocar.co.uk.
On a comments thread, Autocar’s users barely talked about the merits of the car, and instead focused upon the high £33-36k list price. Most volume brands have a price point beyond which they no longer make sense. Our 508 SW GT is probably at the limit of what most buyers would spend on a new Peugeot, but the 508 RXH is surely far beyond what they will accept.
If anywhere, the new range-topper will be destined for fleets, where its low CO2 figures will be welcomed.