2020 Peugeot 508 SW Review; Better than I Thought
The 2020 Peugeot 508 SW hopes to become the new break of modern families. Sporty pace and flexible driving in petrol version of 180 hp are to put to his credit, but the family will have to tighten a little.
The new Peugeot 508 SW is quite different from the one it replaces. Shorter and wider by 3 cm (4.78 m and 1.86 m), it is also much lower: 1.42 m against 1.46 m. Its new dimensions offer the 508 SW an athletic look quite new on the market of family breaks. However, the sporty design and the few centimeters lost do not allow the 508 SW 2019 to be as practical for the family as the old model: ease of access on board and livability are slightly behind.
Fortunately, it is better than the 508 sedans in terms of access on board with its roof positioned 2 cm higher, while the profile stretches 3 cm and the wheelbase stagnates at 2.79 m. If both models share the same face, they differ from their backs and, frankly, the wide stern of the 508 SW is spectacular.
The appearance of the 508 SW range is also changing: helped by the drop in demands on diesel, petrol engines are blooming again under the hood of these large cars. This is the case of our 508 SW test, powered by the 180 hp PureTech engine. In the next few months, two other innovations will come: first a 130 hp PureTech engine, a 3-cylinder engine, which is rare under the hood of a car in this category, then a 2020 Peugeot 508 SW plug-in hybrid available in early 2020
2020 Peugeot 508 SW Price
Peugeot is selling its station wagon at a price of € 1,300 higher than that of the sedan. It is necessary to count 33 600 € for the first price 508 SW (BlueHDI 130 Active). Our trial version presents a rewarding habit and generous equipment in GT Line. With the PureTech 180 engine, the price points to € 41,300. A solid bill that brings the French tariffs of German or Swedish competition, with a level of finish and materials sometimes a tone below but which are of good quality.
The question of choosing a gasoline model rather than a diesel is becoming more and more important given the evolution of fuel prices. Especially since the price difference between 508 180 hp petrol and diesel is not insignificant: with the equal finish, the PureTech 180 version costs € 3,300 less than the BlueHDi 180 .
Gasoline engines are still less vibrant than diesels, and it’s a pleasure to start this 1.6 turbo, discreet but available from the lowest speeds. In urban areas, we roll on a gas net and the driving position, very enveloping, is appreciated over the discovery of the combined digital instrumentation. The ergonomics of the controls is generally correct but has some shortcomings (passage of different modes uncomfortable, counter partially hidden by the top of the steering wheel).
The handling of commandos gives an impression too cheap for this kind of vehicle. When driving in a cast, the 8-speed automatic transmission works perfectly. But during accelerations franker, as for example when inserting on a fast track, it keeps too long the same report. A reprogramming of the software that manages the box should improve the situation.
Firmly damped, the 2020 Peugeot 508 SW remains comfortable despite its standard 18-inch wheels. It also has series controlled suspensions, which allows bringing its dynamism to its best level. Its wheelbase is slightly shorter than that of the old 508 SW – 2.79 m against 2.82 m – but that’s not what makes the difference on small roads. Fun to exploit, its engine is nevertheless linear despite the presence of a turbo. The availability of power has been smoothed over a wider range of use, which takes a bit of character away from the mechanics.
The small steering wheel contributes to the driving pleasure and maneuverability, even if it does not affect the steering diameter. Thus motorized, the 508 SW Puretech 180 GT Line is not a sport, but a dynamic version that will be perfect for small riders who like to have fun. Approved at 5.4 l /100 km on the mixed cycle, it consumes 2 l more in real life, which is reasonable, but easily reaches 10 l / 100 km if you have a heavy foot.
2020 Peugeot 508 SW Interior
The dashboard of the Peugeot 508 SW Pure Tech 180 GT Line is well designed but confines the occupants. The materials are quite well chosen and the assemblies correct. The wood on the front of the dashboard, on the doors and a center console is an option for 550 €. The upholstery is of good quality aboard the2020 Peugeot 508 SW PureTech 180 GT Line. But the available space is smaller than on the old 508 SW. Can be folded 60/40, the bench can be manipulated via joysticks located in the trunk.
The trunk volume changes from 530 to 1780 liters, a little more than the old version. However, the back of the passenger seat does not fold, the tailgate window does not open and the luggage cover has no dedicated housing. But it is on the ground in width.
The panoramic sunroof comes to the feet of the rear passengers. This is an option at € 1,300. The 8-speed gearbox is standard on the Peugeot 508 SW PureTech 180 GT Line.
With its doors without frame and its dynamic style, the 2020 Peugeot 508 SW is a bit lonely in the world. At French brands, Citroën no longer has a break in its catalog, but Renault offers the Talisman Estate at a well-placed price and can benefit from a 4-wheel chassis. 8 cm longer, but also wider and higher, the Renault is bulkier but it is for the benefit of access on board while the driving pleasure is of a good level.
At Volkswagen, the Passat SW which will soon be restyled offers a larger boot. The recent Volvo V60 is currently the impasse on gasoline and German brands, that the 508 SW aims for with milder rates but general benefits slightly lower, are well installed. The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is also an option, cheaper but handicapped by a brand image and a lower residual value. Finally, the Kia Optima SW can represent an alternative, with its guarantee of 7 years or 150 000 km and its friendly style.
2020 Peugeot 508 SW Review; Verdict
While the broken market often meets classic standards, the 2020 Peugeot 508 SW comes with an original proposal that mixes genius coupe and sedan. The design is also successful in the cabin with modernized furniture. The downside, some purely family aspects inevitably appear in withdrawal. But the 508 SW saves the essential – a good volume of a trunk – and will delight the driver with his touch of the road. This petrol version of 180 hp contributes to the pleasure of driving with a consumption that can remain reasonable in driving casting.