Everything you need to know about the estate version of Peugeot’s stylish new executive car, including how it compares to prestige-badged rivals such as the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring
- On sale January 2019
- Price from £27,000/$36,180 (est)
If you work for a mainstream brand that builds big saloons and estates, there must be times when you feel like King Cnut trying to hold back the tide. Sales of these cars have declined dramatically over the past decade in the face of competition from waves of trendy new SUVs, as well as more direct rivals wearing prestige badges.
The answer for many has been to abandon old-school family cars altogether and instead concentrate on those aforementioned SUVs. However, while Peugeot now has some very strong contenders in this sector, in the shape of the 3008 and 5008, it’s still determined to stand its ground in its more traditional markets.
Back in February it revealed its latest 508, which will take on everything from the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. And now it’s revealed details of the estate version: the Peugeot 508 SW.
2018 Peugeot 508 SW practicality
The new 508 SW is lower and sleeker than the car it replaces, with the price of this newfound style being a 30-litre reduction in boot capacity, down to 530 litres.
That’s well down on the 650 litres of the Passat Estate, although it means the 508 SW still tops the Mondeo Estate (525 litres), not to mention the A4 Avant (505 litres) and 3 Series Touring (495 litres).
Practicality is further boosted by floor rails, restraining nets and spring-loaded rear seats that can be folded down simply by pulling levers in the boot. Meanwhile, a powered, hands-free tailgate is available as an option.
2018 Peugeot 508 SW interior
At the opposite end of the interior, the 508 SW has Peugeot’s now familiar i-Cockpit dashboard layout, which we’ve praised in the past for its upmarket look and the way it ensures even entry-level models come with plenty of features. A configurable 12.3in digital display replaces traditional instrument dials, while a separate 8.0in touchscreen (this can be upgraded to 10.0in) is used to control infotainment functions.
The i-Cockpit set-up supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring and wireless phone charging. Other interior features include massaging front seats, a panoramic glass roof and up to four USB ports.
2018 Peugeot 508 SW engines
Two petrol and three diesel engines will be offered at launch, but it’s the 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel that will likely hold most appeal for UK buyers. This can be had with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, and Peugeot is promising class-leading CO2 emissions.
The other options are two 1.6-litre petrols and two 2.0-litre diesels, all with an automatic gearbox as standard. Then, in the autumn of 2019, Peugeot will add a plug-in hybrid variant, which will be a direct rival to the Passat GTE Estate – currently among our favourite hybrids.
Whichever engine you go for in the 508 SW, you’ll be able to specify adaptive suspension that lets you choose from four driving modes: Eco, Sport, Comfort and Normal.
2018 Peugeot 508 SW pricing
Peugeot won’t reveal prices for the new 508 SW until closer to the UK launch, but a modest rise on the £26,685 /$35,757 starting point of today’s car seems likely.
You should also expect to get plenty of safety kit for your money, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, while a night-vision camera is on the options list.