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Peugeot 508 SW review

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If you fancy a little French flair in your life but need a wholesome estate car, may we suggest looking at the Peugeot 508 SW? It takes an eye-catching saloon and sprinkles it with some much needed practicality.

You see, with the 508 saloon (or Fastback in Peugeot speak), while the sleek sloping roofline suggests coupé cool, it actually means rear head room is pretty restricted and the boot isn’t much to shout about by executive car standards.

But leave any preconceptions at the door, because the estate version of that car, the 508 SW, has been subjected to some clever repackaging that gives it many of the on-paper credentials it needs to be a hit in this class.

Boot space jumps by nearly 10% and the loading lip is lowered to make loading bulky items easier. Furthermore, the roofline has been redrawn to give rear seat passengers a bit more head room.

Although it’s all change behind the front seats, you’ll find the same range of engines under the bonnet. They range from a 1.5-litre diesel with a meagre 128bhp all the way up to a 221bhp petrol. All engines get an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard with the exception of the entry-level diesel, which gets a six-speed manual as standard and the auto as an option.

But how good is the 508 SW? Does it compare well with rivals such as the Skoda Superb Estate and Volkswagen Passat Estate, or even the BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant and Volvo V60?

Read on to find out the answer to that and for our suggestions on the best versions to buy. And don’t forget, if you do want to buy a 508 SW, or any other new car for that matter, head to our New Car Buying section, where you could save thousands on your next car.

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