Peugeot 508 SW boot

Peugeot 508 SW review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£27,630
What Car? Target Price£25,694
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The 508 SW commands a premium of around £1600 over the 508 saloon. That means it isn’t exactly a bargain and costs a bit more to buy outright than equivalent versions of the Skoda Superb Estate and Ford Mondeo Estate, but it undercuts premium rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring.

If you're looking for a PCP finance deal, the 508 SW is fairly expensive. As a company car, though, it should be good value, because its CO2 emissions are impressively low. Fuel economy is equally notable, so it shouldn’t cost a lot to run compared with rivals.

A long list of standard safety equipment adds appeal; lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and driver attention monitoring are all fitted across the range. Indeed, Euro NCAP awards the 508 SW five stars for safety, with very high ratings for adult and child occupant protection.

In terms of overall equipment levels, the second of the four rungs on the spec ladder, Allure, strikes the best balance between affordability and luxuries.

In the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, Peugeot finished a disappointing 24th out of 31 brand in the manufacturer’s table. It's too early for specific data on the 508, but its three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is only slightly better than the three-year/60,000-mile warranty that's average for the class.

2019 Peugeot 508 front
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Verdict

The Peugeot 508 SW is certainly more practical than the 508 saloon, with boot capacity that's on par with rivals from Audi and BMW. However, while the 508 SW has an attractive interior and comes well equipped, it doesn't drive as well as those premium offerings and isn't as spacious or comfortable as cheaper estates from the likes of Skoda. It isn't a bad choice if you're swayed by the looks, but there are plenty of estates that are easier to recommend.

  • Reasonable boot space
  • Economical engines
  • Stylish looks
  • Restricted visibility
  • Fidgety ride
  • Other rivals are still more comfortable in the rear