Peugeot 508 SW long-term test review: report 6

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 long-term review massage

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 7800 List price £32,280 Target Price £30,164 Price as tested £34,655 Test economy 38.9mpg Official economy 44.8mpg

24 March 2020 – Take a seat, Peugeot

As I've mentioned before, I often travel hundreds of miles to get to various locations for our multi-car photoshoots. That means a lot of sitting down, which can often lead to sore joints and muscles. Thankfully, my Peugeot 508 SW has comfortable and supportive seats with plenty of electric adjustment to find a suitable position. 

One feature that I've always been keen to spec on my cars is heated seats, because they really do brighten up a cold, wintery commute. They can be turned on using one of the touch-sensitive buttons in the centre console so there's no need go through the fiddling infotainment screen, either.

Peugeot 508 SW long-term review seats

Another gimmick that I added to my car was massage seats. They're a bit unnecessary and not even particularly good, but I always find myself turning them on, just because they're there. The main problem is not only are they not very powerful, but they make a loud whirring noise as the mechanicals inside the backrest move.

They turn themselves off after about 10 minutes, but being honest I rarely notice because I can barely feel their effects anyway. Still, it's a nice little treat when you're sat stationary on the M25. 

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