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Peugeot 508 SW estate - Engines, drive & performance

The Peugeot 508 SW is smooth and feels balanced

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

Despite its sporty looks - and the 19-inch wheels fitted to top versions - the 508 SW rides with the comfort French cars are known for, without feeling too soft in corners. It might not be as sharp as a BMW 3 Series Touring, but the Peugeot feels balanced and makes an easy, relaxing car to drive.

A small steering wheel provides a feeling of agility missing from the old Peugeot 508, even if the steering itself is a bit light and short on feel. We also wish versions with gearshift paddles had them attached to the steering wheel because those on the column can easily end up out of reach.

Peugeot 508 SW diesel engines

Peugeot's 1.5-litre diesel offers 129bhp, which gets it from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds with a manual gearbox. This increases by just a couple of tenths with an eight-speed automatic fitted but the pairing is a good one, with smooth changes that make long-distance drives more relaxed.

The 2.0-litre engine is offered with 161 or 175bhp and both are fitted with the automatic gearbox as standard. It's a little odd having two closely matched engines, and the 0-62mph dash of 8.4 seconds is only 0.1 seconds faster in the more powerful car.

Petrol engines

Just one 1.6-litre PureTech petrol turbo is available, in 179 or 218bhp guises, with the latter restricted to pricey range-topping trim levels and improving the 0-62mph time from eight seconds to 7.4. Both petrol engines come fitted with Peugeot's eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Hybrid engine

A new hybrid version pairs the 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a 11.8kWh lithium-ion battery. Besides managing a good few miles on electric power alone, the hybrid is also pretty brisk, hitting 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds. You can travel at up to 84mph in electric mode or 155mph when the two power systems are working together.

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