Peugeot 508 SW estate
Price £23,395 - £32,045
- Spacious boot
- Comfortable and good to drive
- Top-quality interior
- Jerky EGC automatic gearbox
- Top-spec models are pricey
- Ford Mondeo more exciting to drive
At a glance
"The Peugeot 508 SW is a very comfortable estate car, boasting huge amounts of boot space and practicality, but it’s outdone by its rivals in many respects."
When the Peugeot 508 SW was launched, it was meant to elevate the large family car's image to allow it to compete with the Volkswagen Passat and even attempt to steal some sales from executive cars such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.
The Peugeot 508 SW is undoubtedly a good-looking car and its basic styling combines with the chrome and big wheels of high-specification models to make for a car that looks pretty classy.
It's a fantastic all-rounder and the SW estate version builds on the already impressive abilities of the saloon. It's spacious, comfortable and handsome to look at, with a decent-sized boot. There are plenty of clever features, too, such as the automatic motorised bootlid, a hidden rear storage compartment and the optional head-up display that rises from the dashboard.
Peugeot has also made sure that the cabin ambience gives you the feeling that you’re sitting in an expensive executive car. The interior is a nice place to sit, with much better quality plastics than Peugeots of old. There's quite a lot of space, too, as well as plenty of equipment in the more expensive models.
The Peugeot also has a good reputation for striking a decent balance between comfortable suspension, a good ride and a reasonably entertaining driving experience. It's safe, too, having earned the full five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
Three trims are available in the Peugeot 508 range: Active, Allure and GT. All are well equipped, but the mid-spec Allure is the sweet spot of the range, adding trinkets such as a reversing camera, half leather trim and blind spot detection.
The Allure model also features the widest range of engines, although you’ll have to step up to the GT model if you want the top-of-the-range 2.2-litre diesel. But despite the 200bhp available, it's hard to recommend over out choice, the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which emits just 110g/km of CO2 – meaning it costs just £20 a year to tax.
There aren’t any petrol engines in the Peugeot 508 SW range, but the diesels are all very good
The Peugeot 508 SW has engines that are generally quiet and strong, and it’s pretty good to drive
Exterior noise is minimal in the Peugeot 508 SW and supple suspension gives a reasonably comfortable ride
The Peugeot 508 SW has plenty of space in the cabin for four adults and the boot should just about hold all their luggage
Interior feels solid but Peugeots don't have the best reputation