Peugeot 508 SW Road Test (2011)
We liked the Xenon directional headlamps with Peugeot Smartbeam Assistance and the LED daytime running lights – in fact the LEDS DRLs are excellent and subtle.27 September 2011
The Peugeot 508 SW has five key trim levels: Access, SR, Active, Allure and GT – since reviewing the car Peugeot has introduced the Diesel Hybrid4.
Key features for each trim level include:
Peugeot 508SW Access (and on all models)
VTi 120 petrol or e-HDi Stop & Start System 112 FAP diesel with EGC, Daytime running lights, Efficiency Optic Halogen headlamps, Air conditioning, Peugeot Connect Sound (RD5) radio/CD player and USB box, Remote central door locking with deadlocks and ultrasonic alarm, Driver, passenger, front and side, and curtain airbags (for front and rear windows), ABS (anti-lock brake system), EBFD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance), ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), ASR (Traction Control) and Dynamic Stability Control.
The Peugeot 508SW SR adds
There are six powertrain engine and gearbox options (all but the HDi 200), Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance, Leather steering wheel and cruise control with speed limiter, Peugeot Connect Navigation (RT6) with Bluetooth connectivity, Automatic Bi-zone air conditioning, and 16” alloy wheels.
The Peugeot 508SW Active over the entry Access model
Available with five powertrain engine and gearbox options (all but the VTi 120 & HDi 200), panoramic glass roof (SW only), Leather steering wheel and cruise control with speed limiter, Automatic Bi-zone air conditioning, 17” alloy wheels, Electrochrome rear view mirror, automatic headlamps and wipers.
The Peugeot 508SW Allure over the Active model
THP 156 6-speed manual, HDi 140 6spd-manual or HDi 163 6spd-automatic, Automatic electric parking brake with Hill Assist, Electric folding door mirrors, Rear parking aid, Peugeot Open and Go system (keyless entry with Start/Stop button), Electrically adjustable and heated front seats with half leather trim, 18” alloy wheels.
The Peugeot 508SW GT over the Allure model
Exclusively equipped with the 2.2-litre HDi 200 FAP 6spd-automatic, Xenon directional headlamps with Peugeot Smartbeam Assistance and washers, Colour Head Up display, Nappa leather trim, LED daytime running lights.
We drove the Peugeot 508SW GT and thought the equipment level was very high, not really anything we would want to add on the options list; well maybe the motorised tailgate at £460 but we could live without it and the JBL Hi-Fi kit at £310 but even adding those two together it is quite reasonable by other manufacturers price lists and spec sheets.
We liked the Xenon directional headlamps with Peugeot Smartbeam Assistance and the LED daytime running lights – in fact the LEDS DRLs are excellent and subtle. The smartbeam automatically switches between dipped/full beam – it is always a bit hit and miss especially on undulating country roads.
Safety and Security
The Peugeot 508 Saloon (we would imagine that the Estate would score the same result) was tested by Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) in 2011 and scored an overall full five stars. It scored 90% for Adult Protection, 87% for child occupant protection and gained a 41% pedestrian rating – plus for safety assist 97%. This puts it amongst the top cars ever tested by NCAP.
Standard safety equipment includes driver, passenger, front and side, and curtain airbags (for front and rear windows), ABS (anti-lock brake system), EBFD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance), ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), ASR (Traction Control) and Dynamic Stability Control.
Our test car was fitted with Peugeot Connect SOS as standard which pinpoints the exact location of the car and enables the dispatch of appropriate emergency services in the event of an accident. It is automatically activated if the airbags or seatbelts activate and you can manually activate it via the SOS button on the dashboard – say if you suffered health problems or came under attack.
The 508SW GT is fitted with Peugeot’s RT6 Multi-Media system with Bluetooth which includes a colour head-up display. It also comprises 7’’ screen with ‘3D’ view with European Maps, MP3 compatible front-mounted CD player, three-tuner radio with 2 aerials for optimal reception of radio frequencies and RDS-TMC traffic info (Traffic Master in the United Kingdom). Bluetooth connection for the hands-free telephone function and audio streaming (music from a smart phone played through the speakers) - Jack socket and USB connector, to connect any type of digital audio devices (the USB connector is iPod, iPhone and USB flash drive compatible).
We found the navigation extremely clear but it does not currently support full UK postcodes – which is not particularly helpful.
The Audio performance was very good from the optional JBL Hi-Fi Kit which cost £310 it comprises of 10 speakers coupled to a 10-channel 500W surround-sound amplifier – well worth the money.
- BMW 3 Series Touring
- Ford Mondeo Estate
- Hyundai i40 Tourer
- Mercedes Benz C Class Estate
- Vauxhall Insignia SW
- Volkswagen Passat Estate
What We Liked
- Interior ambiance and build quality
- Exterior styling
- Higher level of equipment of the GT model
- Massage driver's seat
- Excellent LED interior lighting
What We Disliked
- Perhaps a little too expensive
- Navigation does not seem to accept full postcodes
What We Would Like To See
- Not at a lot – it is very well equipped but perhaps some kind of way in reducing the amount of buttons and controls – maybe a simpler interface through the multi-media screen and controller. This is one car that does require you to read the manual to find out what everything does.
We liked the Peugeot 508 SW GT – it is a very well equipped vehicle that is good to drive but perhaps is a little too expensive when you consider what the perceived premium brands are offering for £30,000 – BMW 3 Series Touring 318d Exclusive Auto or a Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE Auto. The 508 SW out trumps them on equipment but when you look at residual values – it needs careful consideration, especially if you are private buyer.
Peugeot 508 SW Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 508 SW GT|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||138 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||60.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-Star 90% Adult Protection, 87% Child Protection, 41% Pedestrian Protection, Safety Assist 97%|
|Warranty||3 years / unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 27/09/11)||£30,275|