508 SW 2.0 HDI 163 Allure
cars are making a comeback
with drivers looking for more space
for less money than it costs to buy an
MPV or SUV. Impressive both around
town and in the country, Peugeots
smart 508 SW fits the bill perfectly...
PRIVATE MOTORISTS WANTING TO SAVE SOME MONEY but not compromise
on image or features and equipment have been moving across from the premium
German brands to stylish, roomy volume models such as the Peugeot 508, Volvo
V60/V70, Vauxhall Insignia, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo and, most recently, the very
stylish Hyundai i40. Also competing in this sector are Skoda (Superb), Honda
(Accord) and Toyota (Avensis).
The five-door, five-seat 508 SW models can be on your drive from £19,475 to
£30,275 and the most popular models can be had for around £22-£23,000.
The 508 range offers buyers a broad range of petrol and diesel powerplants.
Petrol engines come in two sizes: 120bhp 1.6 VTi and 156bhp 1.6 THP turbocharged.
Turbodiesels come in even more: 112bhp 1.6 HDI, 112bhp 1.6 e-HDI (micro-hybrid
with lower CO2), 140 or 163bhp 2.0 HDI, and 200bhp 2.2 HDI. Adding to the mix
are both automatic or automated manual transmissions and five trim and equipment
levels: Access, SR, Active, Allure and GT.
here is the 508 SW 2.0 HDI 163 Allure turbodiesel. This comes with a six-speed
manual gearbox and costs £25,105.
This model will officially
return 56.5mpg in the
combined cycle during
testing the actual figure
was an acceptable
Although down on the
official mpg, its still
good enough to eke out
800 miles from
one tank of fuel...
While we're talking figures, this model will officially return 56.4mpg in the
combined cycle during testing the actual figure was an acceptable 44.7mpg
but although down on the official mpg, it's still good enough to eke out 800
miles from one tank of fuel.
Tailpipe emissions are a financially healthy 130g/km: £0 road tax for the first
year and then £95 annually thereafter impressive given the 508's size
Sticking with figures, top speed is 137mph while you may never drive
this fast, it does make cruising at the UK's legal limit on motorways pretty
effortless. Nought to 62mph acceleration is done in 9.9 seconds; swift enough
in real-life. What makes this particular diesel engine ideal for UK motoring
is its high 251lb ft of torque on hand from 2,000rpm, it's strong and
responsive in the mid range.
The 508 SW's sleek-looking estate body creates the impression of it being a
long car in fact it measures under five metres (actually 4.81). Yet lift
the tailgate and you'll find plenty of room, starting with 512 litres of boot
space if the three rear split/fold seats are in use. Fold these down and you'll
have an accommodating 1,598 litres.
Active, Allure and GT models feature a full-length glass roof, making the smart
load-lugger's cabin nice and bright. An electrically-operated blind with a number
of pre-set opening/closing steps provides just the right degree of light while
blocking out any glare or excess heat.
Talking of passenger comfort, all 508 SW models have air conditioning and power
front and rear windows. They also come with remote central locking, a full array
of airbags plus stability and braking electronic control functions.
In addition, Allure versions have 'open and go' keyless entry with a stop/start
button, power-operated, heated front seats, a very good sound system (with Bluetooth
and USB), cruise control, rear parking aid, electric parking brake (annoyingly
slow to use), powerfold door mirrors, half-leather trim, on-board computer and
Happily the larger alloys don't unsettle the ride. The suspension mops up potholes
with ease and one of the highlights of the test drive was the 508's first class
ride comfort: firm enough to provide taut body control, it's also compliant
enough for comfort a rare combination these days. Although the electro-hydraulic
steering doesn't offer a lot of feedback, it compensates with its constant weighting
and response which makes driving easy at both high and low speeds as well as
light for parking.
were also quick to praise the interior space and seat comfort. Nitpicking maybe,
but at this price half-leather trim seems a tad miserly.
Happily the larger alloys
dont unsettle the ride.
mops up potholes with
ease and one of the
highlights of the test
drive was the 508s first
class ride comfort:
firm enough to provide
taut body control, its
also compliant enough
for comfort a rare
SR and GT spec 508 models have a SatNav fitted as standard but lesser models
have to do without so while most models have a reasonable level of standard
equipment, there are lots of extra-cost
options. So if you're buying on a budget, take note.
Other items worth mentioning include the daytime running lights, signature LED
rear lights and the automatic lights and wipers. And while it's not a unique
function in this sector, the classy and welcoming lighting function when returning
to the car is certainly appreciated press the unlock button on the fob
as you approach your 508 and a number of lights come on to see you back into
All-in-all, the 163bhp HDI 508 SW Allure is a really good estate car; it's not
the largest load-lugger in its class but it's more than adequate for most people.
And most people who travelled in it, including myself, remarked more than once
on what a good car it is. I happen to live in the country but during my test
I drove the 508 SW up and down motorways, along country roads and stop-started
endlessly in towns and cities. And wherever it took me, the 508 proved to be
comfortable, frugal with fuel and easy to drive.
Overall there's very little to not like (ponderous electronic parking brake;
SatNav should be standard at this level) and much to like: stylish, looks and
feels good inside, roomy and comfortable on long journeys, a strong and responsive
engine, good fuel economy and, best of all, first class ride comfort.
Peugeot 508 SW 2.0 HDI 163 Allure | £25,105
Maximum speed: 137mph | 0-62mph: 9.9 seconds | Overall test MPG: 44.7mpg
Power: 163bhp | Torque: 251lb ft | CO2 130g/km