Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Up front in the Peugeot 508 SW, you’ll find adequate head room even with a sunroof fitted, although a Skoda Superb provides even more scalp clearance.
Oddment storage is excellent – there’s a huge central cubby under the armrest, two big cupholders, another lidded cubby next to the gear lever and a tray with wireless smartphone charging (on higher-spec cars) below it. It’s a shame, though, that the glovebox is so small and compartmentalised that there’s no space in there for the car’s manual, which is relegated to one of the door pockets.
Now for the bit you’ve been waiting for: the boot. The 508 SW has a bigger bottom than the 508 saloon, making it far more practical, and beating the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate. However, the Skoda Octavia and VW Passat estates both trump it, while the Superb Estate is still the car to beat in this class.
Unusually, the hybrids have the same sized boot as conventionally powered models – a rare trick matched by the Volvo V60 Recharge. Admittedly, hybrid versions of the 508 SW don’t have the option of a spare wheel, but you do at least get a small space you can just about squeeze the standard Type 2 cable into.
The rear seat bench folds in a 60/40 configuration, and while there’s no option to upgrade that to 40/20/40, you do at least get a central ski hatch as standard from Allure trim, which allows you to carry long, thin items while still using the two outer rear seats. The seats are easily folded down by pressing the buttons mounted either side of the boot entrance, or by using toggles next to the headrests. When lowered, they lie almost flat.