PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT 508 SW DIESEL ESTATE 1.5 BlueHDi Allure 5dr EAT8

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2127 g/km

A significant number of Peugeot 508 customers choose the SW estate version - and you can see why. It's sensibly practical, yet very good looking. And of course it also benefits from all the technology that's revitalised the four-door second generation 508 model's proposition in the ever more competitive medium range market.

AFTER EIGHT

Peugeot's stylish medium range estate model now offers a much more appealing proposition. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

A significant number of Peugeot 508 customers choose the SW estate version - and you can see why. It's sensibly practical, yet very good looking. And of course it also benefits from all the technology that's revitalised the four-door second generation 508 model's proposition in the ever more competitive medium range market.

Background

The humble station wagon. No longer quite so humble these days. In fact, estates have become something of a fashion statement in recent years. You'd choose one over the ordinary saloon model even if you didn't necessarily need the extra carrying space. Most Peugeot 508 buyers do. Here's the 508 SW model, in this case rejuvenated to take on a raft of tough rivals including estate versions of models like the Skoda Superb and the Volkswagen Passat. So today, what does a potential 508 SW buyer now really want? Experience in the market suggests three things: style, class and technology. In response, Peugeot has put a lot more thought into this car. It looks more up-market - and we're promised that it will feel that way when you take a seat behind the wheel. There's extra hi-tech equipment too, with things you'd have to pay extra for on some rivals. So, has the French brand got this recipe right? Let's find out..

Driving Experience

As you'd expect, this SW variant drives just as its saloon stablemate does. The hardware certainly looks promising here. There's a proper multi-link rear suspension set-up and a strong crop of engines from which buyers can choose. The previous generation 508 SW was launched with an all-diesel line-up, but a lot's changed since then and today, a car in this class needs strong petrol provision too - which it gets in this case courtesy of a couple of 1.6-litre turbo petrol units, developing either 180hp or 225hp. There's also a 130hp 1.5-litre diesel. All models now come with an EAT8 8-speed auto gearbox. Peugeot can also offer you a plug-in hybrid version which uses a 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine mated to an 80kW electric motor, the resulting package offering a combined total output of 225hp. Rest to 62mph takes 8.3s en route to 155mph. If you want to go faster in a 508 SW Hybrid, you'll need the Peugeot Sport Engineered 360hp 4WD version, which trims the 0-62mph time to just 5.2s. At the wheel of any 508 SW, you're positioned in front of a further improved version of Peugeot's i-Cockpit dashboard layout, which as usual, sees you looking over the rim of the steering wheel at the instrument dials, rather than conventionally through it. And as usual, the leather-stitched tiller in question is a small, grippy thing which gives you the illusion of greater interaction with the car. Or maybe it won't be an illusion. Higher-spec models are fitted out with adaptive damping. And all variants get the usual drive modes system, which adapts steering, throttle and gear change timings to the way you want to drive.

Design and Build

The idea with this estate model was to bring the radical styling traits of the 508 saloon to station wagon customers. At just 1.42m in height and 4.78m long, the 508 SW's proportions give it quite a dynamic body shape, stylised by smooth, flowing lines and a sleek, low roof. The look is further enhanced further by exterior details, including frameless doors - a unique estate car feature for a mainstream carmaker. Plus there are full-LED headlights and opalescent LED daytime running lights with a vertical visual signature. The unusual exterior looks are mirrored by an original interior, highlighted, as mentioned in our drive section, by the usual Peugeot i-Cockpit dashboard design, plus there's a large 10-inch capacitive touchscreen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. The cabin also features i-Cockpit Amplify, which enables the driver to choose between two levels of ambience - 'Boost' and 'Relax'. As for practicality, there's a hands-free, powered tailgate, a 530-litre boot and a 'Magic Flat' function for the rear bench seat which retracts to reveal a total load space capacity of 1780-litres (both those figures for conventionally-engined models).

Market and Model

All 508 SWs now have EAT8 auto transmission and prices start at just under £30,000, representing a £1,600 premium over the alternative Fastback model. There's a choice of 'Active Premium', 'Allure', 'Allure Premium', 'GT', 'GT Premium' and 'PSE' (or 'Peugeot Sport Engineered') variants. Pricing in the mainstream range runs to just under the £43,000 mark, but you'll need a lot more (from around £56,000) for the powerful Peugeot Sport Engineered Hybrid4 variant. Across the range, all are reasonably well equipped. Even base 'Active Premium'-spec gives you 16-inch alloy wheels, auto headlamps and wipers and automatic dual zone climate control. 'Allure'-spec adds Connected 3D Navigation with voice recognition and the 'Peugeot i-Cockpit' digital instrument binnacle screen. At the top of the range on plush variants, equipment runs to just about everything Peugeot could think of, including a superb 'FOCAL' surround sound Hi-Fi system, night vision, fully automated parking assistance and of course full navigation on the 10-inch central-dash HD touchscreen. There's also a 360-degree colour camera system and a wireless smartphone charging plate to keep your mobile's battery topped up during long drives. The wrap-around seats offer five multi-point massage programmes, there's a range of premium and sophisticated trim and upholstery materials and you can have a panoramic opening glass roof.

Cost of Ownership

Peugeot usually specialises in extremely efficient running cost returns and this 508 SW is no different in that regard. Let's get to the WLP-rated figures. The base 1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT8 variant manages up to 62mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and puts out 121g/km of CO2. For the 2.0 BlueHDi diesel 160 EAT8 variant, the figures are up to 52.9mpg and up to 110g/km. Want petrol power? Well for the 1.6 PureTech 225 petrol unit with its EAT8 auto transmission, the figures are up to 44.0mpg on the combined cycle and 140g/km of CO2. For the perkier 225hp version of this engine, it's 42.2mpg and 158g/km. For really frugal running cost returns though, you'll need the clever hybrid plug-in variant, which returns up to 235.4mpg on the combined cycle. This uses an 11.8kWh battery which can be fully charged in under two hours using a standard 7kW Wallbox. Once that's done, an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of between 30-39 miles is possible. Even better news is the CO2 reading applied to this model, up to 29g/km, which means that it attracts a Benefit-in-Kind rate for company car drivers of just 10%. The faster PSE Hybrid4 model manages 138.9mpg and 46g/km. Of course running costs are about a lot more than just fuel economy and CO2 readings, so what else are you going to need to know? Well, there's the usual unremarkable three year/60,000-mile warranty. And if you are paying for maintenance work, you can budget ahead for it by taking up Peugeot's 'Service Plan' that for a fixed monthly fee, can cover you for up to 50,000 miles of motoring over either three or five years.

Summary

This second generation 508 SW is smarter, cleverer and better equipped. In other words, we're talking about a very complete package. Would you really want the kind of stripped-out, basic BMW 3 Series Touring or Audi A4 Avant you'd have to pay more for in preference to one of these? More pertinently perhaps, would you rather have a more ordinary-feeling Vauxhall Insignia Sport Tourer or FSkoda Superb estate? These are key questions if you're in the market for a conventional spacious station wagon of this sort. Try a 508 SW and you might well find that answering them is a little easier.

  • Dark tinted rear side windows + tailgate window
  • Front and rear electric windows with one touch/anti pinch
  • Heated rear windscreen with integrated antenna
  • Front windscreen wiper with magic wash cleaning system

  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake + Hill assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock Brake System / Electronic Brakeforce Distribution / Emergency brake assist

  • Front and rear carpet mats in black with stitch

  • Voice recognition
  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Eco coaching
  • Electronic power assisted steering
  • Driver attention alert system

  • Push button start

  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 10.0" high definition (HD) capacitive touchscreen
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit
  • 3D connected navigation
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with configurable 12.3" Head-up digital instrument panel
  • Service interval indicator
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto

  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Power folding door mirrors with blind spot detection indicator

  • Carbon effect front and rear dashboard and door panel finish

  • 8 speakers
  • Radio/CD with MP3 compatability
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 2 x USB sockets in front

  • Aluminium side window trim
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Gloss black B and C pillar and aerodynamic deflector trim
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Model designation badges front and rear
  • Rear lower bumper diffuser effect trim in gloss black
  • Chrome exhaust pipe mounted either side of bumper
  • Aluminium longitudinal roof bars
  • Radiator grille chrome facets and gloss black edge trim

  • Door mirror mounted LED courtesy approach lights
  • LED front indicators
  • LED side indicator lights integrated into door mirrors
  • 2 X Rear number plate lights
  • Rear reversing lights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Rear centre console ventilation system

  • Rear armrest with ski flap and two cup holders
  • Central front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Front central console with two cup holders
  • Flocked glove box interior with illumination
  • Automatic gear lever in full grain leather and satin chrome
  • Roof lining - Salin light grey
  • Black rubber pedals and foot rest
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Piano keys chrome plated toggle switches to access touchscreen functions
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit : compact sports steering wheel
  • Mistral full-grain leather steering wheel with stitch detail

  • Ambient lighting to storage compartments

  • Interior LED lighting plus pack - 508
  • Safety pack - 508
  • Safety Plus Pack - 508
  • Visibility pack - 508

  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Electric child locking functionality on rear windows and doors
  • Indirect tyre under inflation detection
  • Active bonnet
  • Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags
  • Warning triangle
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Passenger airbag deactivation switch to allow for child seat fitment
  • Rear three-point retractable seatbelts (x3) with pre-tensioners and force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests (x3), height adjustable
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts height adjustable with pre tensioners and force limiters

  • Driver and front passenger seat mechanical height adjustment
  • Electric front passenger seat base angle and lumbar adjustment
  • Driver and front passenger seat electric lumbar adjustment
  • 3x Isofix child seat fittings in the front passenger and outer rear seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat manual adjustment in longitudinal and back rest angle
  • Electric driver seat base angle and lumbar adjustment
  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Driver and front passenger seat adjustable cushion nose

  • Driver plip action with isolated unlock function for drivers door
  • Perimetric and volumetric alarm with lift and tilt sensor
  • Peugeot open and go system with keyless entry/stop start button
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Automatic door locking when moving off

  • 17" Merion diamond cut two tone alloy wheels

  • Tyre puncture repair kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.098
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.069
  • HC+NOx: 0.09
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • CO2 (g/km): 94
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 104
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 127

  • Engine Code: DV5RC
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.4:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.8
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 64.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 80.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 74.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 45.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 59.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 51.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 71.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 59.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 62.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 50.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 62
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 52.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.4

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Allure
  • Coin Description: BlueHDi
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 79
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22E

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.1
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: MERION DIAMOND CUT
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2079
  • Height: 1420
  • Length: 4778
  • Width: 1859
  • Wheelbase: 2793

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1430
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2043
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 530
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 745
  • Max. Loading Weight: 613
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1780

  • Smartphone charging plate: £120

  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter: Included
  • Visio park assist 360 with colour camera system + automatic parking assist: £600
  • Rear parking sensor: Included
  • Visio park assist 180 with colour reversing camera + front parking sensor: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £725
  • Special paint: £725

  • Halogen headlights: Included
  • Rear LED peugeot signature claw effect lights: Included
  • Full LED headlights with static cornering light functionality includes rear full LED 3D rear peugeot signature claw effect lights: £850

  • Boot load restraint net: £200
  • Tri - material Imila leather/brumeo cloth upholstery with grey beton stitching: Included
  • Tri material Evron leather/guerande cloth upholstery: £0
  • Claudia leather upholstery with multi point massage front seats and multiway electric adjustment: £1,250

  • Drive assist plus pack - 508: £400

  • Metallic - Nimbus grey: £575
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £575
  • Metallic - Twilight blue: £575
  • Metallic - Nera black: £575

  • Pearl - Pearl white: £725

  • Solid - Celebes blue: £0

  • Special Paint - Elixer Red: £725

  • Retractable towbar manually with 13 pin harness and trailer sway mitigation system (TSM): £800

  • Claudia leather - Guerande grey with zephyr stitching, multi point massage front seats, multiway electric adjustment: £1,250
  • Claudia leather - Mistral black with beton stitching, multi point massage front seats, multiway electric adjustment: £1,250

  • Tri material Evron leather/Guerande cloth - Light grey with zephyr stitching: £0
  • Tri material imila leather/brumeo cloth - Mistral black with grey beton stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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