2021 Peugeot 508 PSE SW verdict
The Peugeot 508 PSE SW is the most powerful production car in the firm’s history, yet it's an estate, so also has a sensible side. Is it any good, though?...
The trouble with the Peugeot 508 PSE SW is that it tries to be both an exiting performance car and a sensible plug-in hybrid – and falls short of the best on both counts.
Sure, when judged in isolation, it is quick and capable on a country road. Unfortunately, its limits are lower than the Audi S4 Avant's, and it's nowhere near as entertaining to drive as the BMW M340i Touring.
Then there’s the PHEV aspect. An official range of 24 miles is nothing special these days, with the BMW 330e Touring managing more than 30 miles and our reigning Plug-in Hybrid of the Year, the Skoda Octavia iV Estate, topping 40.
But what if you want a fast plug-in hybrid estate? Well, if you're a company car driver, the 508 PSE certainly starts to look more tempting, because it sits in the 13% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket, whereas the S4 and M340i are taxed at 37%. However, even here it's beaten by the Volvo V60 T6, which offers similar pace and also qualifies for the 13% bracket, yet attracts lower monthly bills thanks to its much lower P11D value.
Add in the V60's near identical pace and practicality, its superior refinement and the fact you can buy one privately for around £10,000 less, and the 508 PSE is a difficult car to recommend, despite some definite charms.
What Car? rating 2 stars out of 5
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Specification: Peugeot 508 PSE SW Hybrid4 360
Price £55,765 Engine 4cyl 1598cc, turbo, petrol plus two electric motors Power 355bhp (combined) Torque 384 lb ft (combined) Gearbox Eight-speed automatic 0-60mph 5.2sec Top speed 155mph Economy 138.9mpg (WLTP) C02, tax band 46g/km, 13%
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