Used Peugeot 508 SW 2018-present review

Category: Estate car

The 508 SW is stylish, practical and well equipped, but some rivals are more spacious. 


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Used Peugeot 508 SW 2018-present review
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What's the used Peugeot 508 SW estate like?

Peugeot, a firm once known for instilling in its products more than its fair share of Gallic flair, has cut quite a dash with its latest 508. Once a rather uninspiring executive saloon, the latest version adopts the styling of a fastback five-door coupe. However, for many, the added practicality of an estate rear end is an opportunity not to be missed, and as sure as day follows night it wasn’t long before this handsome 508 SW appeared to supplement the regular car. Extending the 508’s roofline and bulking out the rear end makes for a useful increase in rear head room and luggage space, and there are many who prefer the extra style of an estate car.

To keep things simple, the engine line-up is the same as the fastback 508. Petrols start with a 179bhp 1.6-litre unit, run up to a 221bhp 1.6 and peak with 222bhp and 296bhp petrol-electric hybrids, both of which are claimed to run up to 39 miles on electric power alone and the latter of which offers four-wheel drive. Diesels offer a 128bhp 1.5-litre and two versions, 161bhp and 174bhp, of a 2.0-litre engine. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.


The 508 SW is stylish, practical and well equipped, but some rivals are more spacious.

  • Plenty of boot space
  • Good looking
  • Reasonably efficient
  • Visibility not great
  • Ride a bit jiggly
  • Not as spacious in the rear as some

Trim levels initially started with Active, which offers 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen. Step up to Allure trim and you’ll get a 10.0in touchscreen, heated front seats and half-leather upholstery. Next, GT Line offers 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights, tinted windows and sports seats. Top-spec GT adds 19in alloys, active suspension, full leather upholstery and an electric tailgate.

On the road, the 508 SW is a bit of a mixed bag. The 1.5-litre 130 diesel is smooth and refined but feels a little underpowered. The 161bhp version of the 2.0 BlueHDi diesel engine is smooth and swift and the 174bhp unit has plenty of oomph and, like the others, is reasonably refined. On the petrol side, the 179bhp 1.6 Puretech is smooth, responsive and a more spirited performer than the diesels, with the only disappointment being that it doesn't pull quite so well from low revs.

The 221bhp petrol brings a noticeable amount of extra shove and is the quickest option in the line-up, albeit the most costly to run. The hybrid unit combines a petrol engine with an electric motor and offers an electric-only range of around 39 miles, putting it in direct competition with Volkswagen's impressive Passat Estate GTE as well as the Skoda Superb Estate iV. When running on electric power alone, progress in the 508 SW hybrid is brisk, quiet and relaxing. However, when the petrol engine kicks in – once the battery is depleted, or if you are particularly enthusiastic with the accelerator pedal – the transition isn’t completely seamless. There is a slight jolt as it awakens, but only in sudden, hard acceleration is it noticeable to the point of being frustrating. In normal driving it shuffles between the power sources smoothly.

In corners, there’s plenty of grip, and the handling is safe and predictable, if largely uninspiring. The steering is actually slightly lower geared than other modern Peugeot models, but it has enough response and tenacity to instill confidence during faster cornering. There’s little in the way of body lean, which also helps with placing the car accurately, although the pay-off for this is a slightly firm ride that, although pleasant enough most of the time, can be a bit fidgety.

The 508 SW features Peugeot’s i-Cockpit layout, where a small steering wheel sits below your eyeline to the instrument panel, and analogue dials are replaced by a 12.3in customisable digital display. While the set-up works well for taller drivers who push the seat well back, it leaves shorter drivers unable to see all of the instrument pod. The seats are pseudo-sporty in style and the driving position is adjusted electrically in Allure-spec cars and above. However, the seat is set quite high, even on its lowest setting. Fit and finish are generally impressive, with the dashboard and surrounding areas featuring plenty of soft-touch materials and neat inserts, while top-spec GT models making good use of high-quality stitched leather. Only some cheaper-feeling plastic on the doors let the side down a bit.

Rearward visibility is quite restricted due to the car's extravagant exterior lines, so you'll be glad that reversing sensors and a rear-view camera are standard from Allure trim. Up front there’s good space for a tall driver and front passenger, despite the 508's sleek roofline. However, the news isn't as good in the rear. Yes, there’s just enough space for a six-footer to fold their legs in behind a lanky driver, but head room, although better than the fastback, is still rather limited. The 508 SW is 4cm longer at the rear than the regular car, and while that doesn’t sound like much, it has transformed the cargo space. True, like everything else in the class, it still trails the gigantic Skoda Superb Estate and Volkswagen Passat Estate, (plus the cheaper Skoda Octavia Estate), but it has more space its rear seats up or down than the Ford Mondeo Estate, Mazda 6 Tourer and BMW 3 Series Touring. The 508 SW also has a wide opening with virtually no loading lip, plus the boot itself is a usefully boxy shape.

Ownership cost

What used Peugeot 508 SW estate will I get for my budget?

Prices for the 508 SW start at around £20,000, this for a 2018 car with an average mileage for the year and a full service history, bought from a franchised dealer. Expect to pay a little more for a fancier trim, and look to spend between £22,000 and £25,000 on a 2019 car.

How much does it cost to run a Peugeot 508 SW estate?

On paper, the petrol-electric 222bhp 1.6 hybrid is the most economical, but of course this is only the case if it fits into your lifestyle, which is to say you do short journeys only and have regular access to charging points. Otherwise, the 1.5 130 diesel has an official average of 63.6mpg, according to the later WLTP tests, and the 1.6 181 petrol 44mpg.

All 508 SWs will have been registered after the tax changes of April 2017 so will be charged a flat rate of annual car tax (VED), currently £145 a year. Beware the higher-spec models that cost more than £40,000 new, though, as these will attract a supplementary luxury car tax, currently £320 a year.

Insurance groups range from a modest 22 up to 34. Peugeot has a number of different servicing plans that offer flexibility in payments and length of contract, and servicing costs on the whole are lower than many of its rivals.

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Our recommendations

Which used Peugeot 508 SW estate should I buy?

The best blend of performance and economy is to be found in the 1.5 BlueHDi 130 version, which is smooth and quiet on the road and returns good fuel consumption figures in the real world.

We’d look for an Active, as all trims are well equipped and this does keep the costs down on the used car forecourt.

Our favourite Peugeot 508 SW: 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Active

Peugeot 508 SW driving


What alternatives should I consider to a used Peugeot 508 SW estate?

The Skoda Superb Estate is probably the 508 SW’s biggest rival, literally and metaphorically. It combines great driving manners with an effortless ride quality, an appealing interior, plenty of kit and reasonable running costs. Best of all though it has masses of space for passengers and luggage, and is a great used buy, too.

The Mazda 6 Tourer has a range of strong and smooth engines, with good fuel economy and reasonable punch. The interior may not be as large as the Superb’s, but it’s still impressively capacious. There’s a very decent infotainment system, too.

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