Peugeot 508 SW Review (2012)
Peugeot 508 SW Review (2012)

The Peugeot 508 Saloon and SW (station wagon / estate) were launched in April 2011 after their debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2010.

The 508 replaces the 407 model with both a Saloon and Estate model being available from launch, it will be joined by a 4x4 diesel hybrid in 2012. It also crosses over slightly to replace the aging 607. Fuel consumption has been improved and CO2 emissions lowered.

In this review we are looking at the 508 SW, with prices starting at £19,475 for the entry-level Peugeot 508 SW Access with the 1.6 VTi engine through to the GT model priced at £30,275.

We tested the Peugeot 508 SW GT 2.2 HDi FAP Automatic with a list price of £30,275.


The Peugeot 508 SW is available with a wide range of engines to suit all - five diesels and three petrol.

The Diesel line-up includes a (1.6 litre e-HDi FAP 112bhp, 270/285Nm, EGC 6-speed; CO2: 109g/km), (1.6 litre HDi FAP 112bhp, 240/254Nm, 5-speed manual; CO2: 124g/km), (2.0 litre HDi FAP 140bhp, 320/340Nm, 6-speed manual; CO2: 125g/km), (2.0 litre HDi FAP 163bhp, 340Nm, 6-speed automatic; CO2: 149g/km) and (2.2 litre HDi FAP 204bhp, 450Nm, 6-speed automatic; CO2: 150g/km).

The Petrol line-up - (1.6 litre VTi 120bhp; 160Nm, EGC 6-speed; CO2: 144 g/km), (1.6 litre THP 156bhp, 240Nm, 6-speed manual; CO2: 149 g/km) and (1.6 litre THP 156bhp, 240Nm, 6-speed automatic; CO2: 164 g/km) – drive is to the front wheel on all models, except the new hybrid 508 RXH which is four wheel drive.

We tested the 508 SW GT with the turbo charged 2.2 litre diesel engine which produces 204bhp and delivers 450Nm of torque; this equates 0-62 mph in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph. This now a four cylinder unit rather than the old 2.2 diesel fitted to the 407 which was a V6, so it does not feel as refined but it pays dividends when it comes to fuel consumption as Peugeot claim around 30% better carbon foot print.

There is a little lag from the engine but overall it is engaging and eager to please – especially with standard automatic gearbox.

The official fuel consumption figures are urban 34.9 mpg, extra urban 60.1 mpg and on the combined cycle 47.8 mpg – on average we achieved 31.3 mpg over our mixed touring route. CO2 emissions are 150 g/km and the diesel engine is Euro 5 compliant.

The GT model only comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission which behaved very well and was quite smooth, it did get caught out at road junctions when it had to change down quickly. The gearbox has a sport and winter mode and you can manually change sequentially by using the gear lever or with the paddles behind the steering wheel.

Published : 27/09/11 Author : Melanie Carter

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