What used Peugeot 508 estate will I get for my budget?
Thanks to some heavy depreciation, you can now pick up an early 2011 Peugeot 508 SW diesel with a high mileage for just £3500. If you spend a bit more, there are plenty of lowe- mileage examples in mid-range spec for £7500. The overwhelming majority of used 508 SWs for sale are diesels. If this doesn’t fit your driving habits, it might be worth looking at rivals such as the Skoda Octavia Estate, because they're available with petrol engines in greater numbers.
The 508 SW was facelifted in mid-2014, and you'll need to spend around £11,000 to get one of those with less than 40,000 miles.
How much does it cost to run a Peugeot 508 estate?
As a diesel, the 508 SW is a cost-effective car to run. The 1.6-litre version fitted with a six-speed automated manual gearbox gets the best figures, with a combined average of 65.6mpg and £20 per year in road tax. The 2.0 diesel comes in two states of tune: 138bhp and 163bhp. All do well running costs-wise, but the 138bhp is the best at a combined average of 56.5mpg and £115 road tax. The 163bhp is slightly more expensive with figures of 49.6mpg and £150 tax.
The most powerful diesel has a 201bhp 2.2-litre engine and an automatic box, and while it does have the benefit of altered suspension, it's quite a bit more costly to run, with a combined average of 47.8mpg and £190 road tax.
The diesel-electric hybrid version has a 2.0-litre engine and an electric motor that powers the rear wheels. Its fuel economy is a bit disappointing, at 68.9mpg. Road tax is £20.
If you find a petrol 508 SW, it’ll be a 1.6 with either 118bhp or 156bhp and a turbocharger. Both versions have similar combined averages, of 45.6mpg and 44.8mpg respectively, and cost £150 in road tax.
The petrol engine was discontinued with the facelift, and the diesel range was optimised to be more tax-friendly, especially for BlueHDi models. The 1.6 diesel breaks into the free tax band and has a combined average of 74.3mpg. The 2.0-litre diesel with 148bhp has a combined average of 67.3mpg and £20 tax. The more powerful 178bhp doesn’t penalise you too much; the auto-only top-of-the-range GT model squeaks in at a combined average of 61.4mpg and £30 road tax.
If your 508 SW is more than three years old, it will qualify for fixed-price servicing. Peugeot's fixed-price servicing scheme is pretty reasonable, with prices that compare favourably with rival manufacturers' offerings. And even if your Peugeot isn’t three years and older and doesn’t qualify, main dealer servicing is on a par with mainstream rivals.