Words by Declan Glynn
Hot on the heels of the striking new PEUGEOT 508 Fastback comes the even more practical SW (Station Wagon).
The car combines the stunning good looks of the Fastback, with a sleek bodystyle that oozes desirability.
Peugeot’s latest interior design continues to impress, with excellent quality and a unique, modern feel that makes most rivals feel dull.
The 508 SW is a great place in which to spend time, as the small racing car-like steering wheel provides a sense of occasion to every journey, while the swept-back dashboard and tall centre console makes the driving position feel low-slung and sporty.
The 508’s piano-key shortcut buttons sit in a row beneath the central display and add even more style to the mix.
There are four trim levels available in the new PEUGEOT 508 SW – Active, Allure, GT Line, and range-topping GT.
While the entry-level Active trim is available only with a 1.5-litre (130bhp) diesel engine, all other trim levels come with petrol or diesel options.
These consist of a 1.6-litre THP (petrol) unit with 180bhp (225bhp in GT trim), or a 1.5 BlueHDi (diesel) with 130bhp, and a 2.0-litre BlueHDi with a choice of either 160bhp, or 180bhp. A slick 6-speed manual gearbox option is available with the 1.5-litre BlueHDi engine, with all other engines only available in 8-speed (8-EAT) automatic guise. Choose the 1.5-litre BlueHDI engine, and the 8-EAT gearbox can also be specified.
My review car was a new PEUGEOT 508 SW GT Line 1.5 BlueHDi 130bhp Automatic, which looked amazing in Nimbus Grey metallic paint, with its fang-like LED daytime-running-lights (DRL’s) and ‘Claw Effect’ LED rear lights.
Upon unlocking the car’s stylish frameless doors, the DRL’s flash repeatedly for a few seconds, while the rear lights provide a dramatic ‘dance’ from side to side in unison with the DRL’s, and this certainly adds an extra layer of drama to the exciting exterior look of the car.
Performance & Pricing
The new 508 SW is equally as exciting to drive as it is to look at, and with prices starting at just €34,410 (plus delivery), it truly is a sound finacial proposition for families, and company car drivers alike.