Peugeot 508 SW review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:hybrid, diesel, petrol
Star rating
Peugeot 508 SW 2020 rear seats LHD
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  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 rear LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 front seats LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 boot open LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 rear cornering LHD
  • Peugeot 508 Hatchback Hybrid 2020 dashboard LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 rear seats LHD
  • Peugeot 508 Hatchback Hybrid 2020 infotainment LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 front cornering LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 front cornering wide LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 rear LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 front seats LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 boot open LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 rear cornering LHD
  • Peugeot 508 Hatchback Hybrid 2020 dashboard LHD
  • Peugeot 508 SW 2020 rear seats LHD
  • Peugeot 508 Hatchback Hybrid 2020 infotainment LHD
RRP £28,390What Car? Target Price from£26,742
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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.

Sadly, high-looking PCP costs don't help the 508 SW's case, but the plug-in hybrid version makes plenty of sense as a company car; low emissions help it to cost around half as much in benefit-in-kind tax as an equivalent petrol or diesel rival, despite its rather high list price.. However, other plug-in rivals – like the bigger Superb Estate iV and the more comfortable Passat Estate GTE – cost a similar amount and are better all-round options.

The plug-in hybrid should also be very economical – but only if you regularly drive it with plenty of battery power to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel. The other non-hybrid engines are decently efficient compared to rivals, too. The 1.6-litre Puretech 180 petrol is especially competitive for a car of its type when it comes to fuel-efficiency.

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 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, Peugeot finished a middling 18th out of 31 in the manufacturers’ table. Its three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is also only average for the class. The battery in the plug-in hybrid is covered by an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty, which also guarantees it to keep at least 70% of its capacity during that time.

Peugeot 508 Hatchback Hybrid 2020 infotainment LHD
Peugeot 508 SW 2020 front cornering LHD
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Overview

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