White Peugeot 508 hybrid driving on a road

New PEUGEOT 508 SW

From £31,235

The 508 SW features a new modern elegance that is both spacious and rugged. With muscular style, a distinctive radiator grille and 19 inch wheels as standard the 508 SW is the premium estate car with uncompromising design, the sporting performance of a coupé and the comfort of a tourer.

Inside the 508 SW you will find balanced proportions, frameless doors and an overall finish that shows precision, elegance and perfection.

Enjoy a visionary driving experience with the award-winning PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, compact steering wheel, customisable head-up digital instrument panel and 10-inch HD touchscreen providing ergonomic control and unforgettable driving sensations. In addition, as standard you can benefit from an infrared camera with Night Vision Technology that allows you to spot pedestrians or animals on the road more easily. Also available are Full Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Positioning Assist.

​Never be short on space with the 508 SW. The motorised hands-free tailgate with optional low load sill and load restraint net offers easy access to the generous boot space with a range of storage compartments to optimise interior space.

Dependent on which version or engine you choose for your 508 SW you can enjoy flexible driving and exceptional road-handling thanks to active suspension. PureTech and BlueHDi Euro 6.2 engines and EAT8 automatic gearbox enhance your driving pleasure to give you the best behind the wheel experience. You can also choose your PEUGEOT 508 SW equipped with an efficient petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engine, with up to 39 miles of driving range in Electric mode.

Performance

The entry-level Active trim offers two diesel engine options. A 1.6-litre 118bhp unit is paired with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Models fitted with a manual gearbox return as much as 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. A 2.0-litre engine alternative is mated to six-speed manual transmission, offering more power: 148bhp and 273Nm of torque.

Technology and safety

Audio entertainment is provided by a DAB radio and CD player, and Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity is included too. A seven-inch full-colour touchscreen display provides access to a range of satellite navigation features, as well as audio and communication functionality.

The vehicle has been endowed with a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. A wide range of driving aids includes Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Braking Assistance, Electronic Stability Programme and Dynamic Stability Control. Passive safety features include multiple airbags, seatbelt reminders and ISOFIX child-seat anchor points.

What trim levels are on the PEUGEOT 508 SW?

Active Premium - Features include:

  • PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance
  • Visio Park1 - 180 colour reversing camera
  • Safety Pack
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • PEUGEOT Open & Go

​Allure Premium - Features include:​

  • Drive Assist Pack Plus
  • Full LED headlights
  • Electrical lumbar & adjusting seating
  • Ambient light to store compartments
  • Leather effect & cloth seat trim

GT​ - Features include:

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • GT specific badging
  • Full LED headlights
  • Gloss black rear bumper diffuser
  • Rear full LED

GT Premium - Features include:

  • Visio Park 3: 360° HD camera system
  • Fully automated parking assistance
  • FOCAL premium HIFI speaker system
  • 19” alloy wheels (Petrol/Diesel)
  • 18” alloy wheels (Hybrid)

New PEUGEOT 508 SW Plug-In Hybrid

The 508 SW HYBRID combine the 132kW (180hp) 1.6L PureTech petrol engine with an 80kW (110hp) electric motor on the front axle, for a total power output of 165kW (225hp). It also uses a 11.8kWh battery, with a full recharge taking less than two hours with a 7kW on board charger (cost option). According to official WLTP tests, the 508 HYBRID returns 235 mpg, with ultra-low CO2 emissions as low as 31g/km.

Range: Up to 39 Miles

Estimated Charging times:

  • 1hr 45 minutes using a 7.4 kW Wall Box
  • 7hr 10 minutes using a 2.3 kW domestic 3-pin socket

Review of the Peugeot 508 SW PSE

Peugeot is looking to shake things up a bit with the introduction of its new Peugeot Sport Engineered (PSE) brand.

What is it?

Car manufacturers love to have a halo product. Think the Volkswagen GTI or Audi’s RS models - they all sit at the very top of the range and show what can be done. Peugeot has had a halo nameplate for some time - GTI - but is now looking to shake things up a bit with the introduction of its new Peugeot Sport Engineered (PSE) brand.

The first to be given the PSE treatment is the firm’s stylish 508, but can this car bring excitement and, most importantly, act as a beacon for what modern sporty Peugeots are like? Let’s find out.

What’s new?

There are a host of changes going on both outside and inside of the 508 PSE. It’s available in both Fastback or SW (estate) layouts, while Peugeot Sport has made sure to make changes to the suspension, chassis and track to make it more involving to drive than the regular car.

The Peugeot 508 PSE also takes the title as Peugeot’s most powerful road car to date, which shows that it really isn’t messing about when it comes to performance.

What’s under the bonnet?

Peugeot has adopted a hybrid setup for the 508 PSE. So you get a combination of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 200bhp and a pair of electric motors - one at the front and one at the rear. In total, you get 355bhp and 520Nm, equating to a 0-60mph time of five seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

But because of that 11.5kWh battery - which takes around an hour and three-quarters to fully charge via a 7kW home wallbox - you can get up to 26 miles of electric-only range. Plus Peugeot claims up to 138.9mpg combined and CO2 emissions of just 46g/km. So you’re really getting the best of both worlds.

What’s it like to drive?

With four-wheel drive on its side, the 508 PSE definitely has all-weather capability within its list of abilities. This makes it a great fit for the UK’s slippery roads which, more often than not, are wet and greasy with rain. When pushing on, there’s a lot of traction while the steering - which has also been recalibrated - feels direct and well-weighted.

The seating position is also spot-on while the Alcantara-trimmed sports seats hold you firmly in place. Adaptive suspension also allows you to tailor the car’s ride to the settings, so switching it into ‘Comfort’ quickly transforms that 508 PSE into a well-mannered cruiser.

How does it look?

Even the regular 508 is a looker, so this transformation only adds to that well-judged design. In PSE guise the 508 is even more striking, with darkened chrome badges underplaying the kind of performance it offers. The PSE is separated from the rest of the range through its bold grille and enlarged air intakes, while plenty of Kyptonite (a green-yellow colour) coloured parts really stand out.

There are also some additional aero pieces on the front bumper while around the back there’s a restyled and exaggerated rear diffuser.

What’s it like inside?

There are plenty of styling touches in the 508 which separate it from the norm. There are the aircraft-style toggle switches and Peugeot’s almost comically small steering wheel. You get a large digital instrument cluster ahead of that wheel, too, though it can sometimes be blocked if the wheel itself isn’t in the right position.

In terms of boot space, the PSE offers the same 529-litre area that you get from the standard 508 SW, so it’s got more than enough practicality on its side.

What’s the spec like?

There is a drawback to the 508 PSE - its price. Starting from £55,795, this Peugeot is one expensive performance car, particularly in terms of the rest of the firm’s range, and makes it more costly than rivals like Audi’s S4 Avant. However, you do get plenty of standard equipment for the outlay, with highlights including ‘Night Vision’, which is able to pick out hazards in the road using an infrared camera to pick them out from the darkness.

In fact, the only option available is paint, with Nera Black, Pearl White and Selenium Grey all on offer.

Verdict

There’s no getting away from the fact that the 508 PSE is a pricey option within the market. However, its breadth of abilities - not to mention its great level of standard equipment - means that for many people it’ll more than justify this price tag.

Add into this its practicality and sparkling dynamics and you have a car that will tempt many buyers away from more mainstream offerings.

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