Peugeot 508 SW estate - Interior & comfort
The Peugeot 508 SW’s arresting design is backed up with technology that mostly works well
Peugeot's latest interior design continues to impress, with excellent quality and a unique, modern feel that makes most rivals feel dull. Some ergonomic issues persist but if you can overlook them, the 508 SW is a great place in which to spend time.
Peugeot 508 SW dashboard
A swept-back dashboard and tall central console makes the driving position feel low-slung and sporty, a sensation reinforced by Peugeot's small racing car-like steering wheel. You look over the top of it to see the dash-top digital instrument display, which is slick thanks to clear graphics and animations.
Piano-key shortcut buttons sit in a row beneath the central infotainment display, working well and adding more style. However, we wish physical buttons could also be used for the climate control because tapping the touchscreen can be fiddly and distracting.
Even entry-level Active Premium models enjoy sat nav, DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with dual-zone climate control, but Allure Premium upgrades the main screen from eight to 10 inches and adds a rear-view camera. It also gives the 508 a new persona thanks to a new grille, fang-like LED daytime running lights and LED headlights.
Stepping up to the GT spec car adds 'Claw Effect' LED rear lights, while the alloy wheels grow to 18 inches and the interior gets a makeover with contrasting stitching, blue ambient lighting, black roof lining and a wireless smartphone charger.
The GT Premium trim features Nappa leather upholstery, folding door mirrors, a powered boot, adaptive cruise control, electric seat adjustment and a Focal stereo system and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The range-topping 508 SW Peugeot Sport Engineered plug-in gets a handful of exclusive paint finishes, contrasting yellow detailing and black 20-inch alloys. Inside, the theme continues with a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and yellow contrast stitching and detailing around the interior.
Like rivals including the Mazda6 Tourer, it makes sense to choose the 508 SW in a trim level with the level of kit you require. However, if you do want to stick with a lower trim and plump for some options, you can fit front parking sensors to the Active Premium trim along with keyless entry and wireless phone charging. The Focal sound system can be added to the Allure Premium trim for £600, while a panoramic sunroof costs just under £900. To adjust the driving experience, adaptive suspension costs £1,000 for versions below GT Premium level.