Peugeot 508 SW long-term test review: report 4

Peugeot's 508 SW aims to mix the svelte looks of the 508 executive car with the practicality of an estate, but is the result as appealing as it sounds? Our chief photographer is finding out...

Peugeot 508 SW boot

The car Peugeot 508 SW Puretech 180 Allure Run by John Bradshaw, chief photographer

Why it’s here I still believe an estate is the best way of fulfilling my requirements as a photographer

Needs to Offer plenty of space for all my photography gear, provide a comfortable ride on long journeys and have a raft of equipment and modern safety tech

Mileage 4280 List price £32,280 Target Price £30,164 Price as tested £34,655 Test economy 37.5mpg Official economy 44.8mpg

12 February 2020 – Smaller on the inside

As you'll know of me by now, I've always opted for cars that prioritise space, even over qualities such as driving comfort. But despite my Peugeot 508 SW falling into the 'estate' category, I've struggled to fully make the most of that added space.

That mostly comes from the fact that the 508 SW is quite a low car, so even to look into the boot, you have to bend down quite low. Collecting two filing cabinets also proved more of a struggle than it should have been, due to the roof restricting the height of the boot. 

Despite having a tailgate, the opening is an awkward shape, too. In fact, it's annoyingly narrow, with the sides of the car intruding quite a lot into the load bay. On an obligatory tip run – something that I've rarely had any problems with while using a high-riding SUV – I struggled to get some bulkier items in through the gap. 

It's a shame that the sleek looks of the 508 SW have had such a detrimental effect on the boot space, because that's what an estate is all about. I'd rather go for a squarer, boxier car, such as the Skoda Superb Estate, to make the most of its capabilities. 

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