What alternatives should I consider to a used Peugeot 508 estate?
This is where the case for the 508 SW falls flat. It might be cheaper than its rivals to buy, but for a little more money you can get yourself into some much more talented rivals.
The biggest of these is the Ford Mondeo Estate, both in terms of how much of a challenger it is and its sheer size. Its boot makes the Peugeot’s look tiny, and space for rear seat passengers is vast, which is one of many reasons taxi firms love the Mondeo. The 2.0-litre diesel is refined, punchy and efficient, and there will be thousands to choose from at any time, so finding a good one will be easy.
The Volkswagen Passat Estate is the refined choice for those who can’t quite get into a BMW 3 Series Touring or Audi A4 Avant but want something with a bit more class than a Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia. There is an excellent range of petrol and diesel engines, and it's brilliant on a long motorway cruise.
The Skoda Octavia Estate has space in spades. Its boot can fit anything you want into it (short of a blue whale) and it uses many of the same engines as the Passat. That means there’s an Octavia to suit all budgets and driving styles. It may not be all that stylish inside, but it is well made and well equipped.