Following on from the elegant 508 saloon, Peugeot has revamped the estate car version of this model, drawing inspiration from the shooting brakes introduced by luxury brands way back when, with the highly dynamic 508 SW incorporating a low profile that echoes the expressive aspect of the saloon.
The classic estate car with plenty of cargo space and a bulky profile is well and truly a thing of the past! With this 508 SW, Peugeot has dared to create a striking look by combining the athletic elegance of a saloon with the practical aspects of an estate as the French manufacturer introduces a little sportiness into the world of the estate car.
At first glance, the low, slender profile comes as something of a surprise, at a height of 1.42m and 4.79m in length (barely 4cm shorter than the saloon version). The glossy black horizontal strip - now a rear-end feature of the brand's latest models - is framed here by the three-dimensional LED lights. Up front, meanwhile, the 508 SW maintains the feel of the 508 saloon, such as frameless doors and saber-shaped daytime running lights, all of which add up to one red-hot-looking estate car!
The cosy and refined passenger compartment also benefits from technical innovations such as a low-key dashboard complete with the latest generation of the i-Cockpit system introduced in 2012, not to mention a small, low-set steering wheel, a large 10-inch touch screen and a 12.3-inch digital head-up display. Seven piano-style keys provide direct access to the main comfort features (radio, air-conditioning, navigation, settings, phone, mobile apps and i-Cockpit® Amplify, which offers a choice of 2 settings). The new Night Vision option, meanwhile, uses an infrared camera to detect the presence of pedestrians and animals beyond the range of the headlights when driving at night.
Unsurprisingly, the passenger compartment is more spacious than the saloon's, especially in the rear, where headroom has been increased by 4cm to allow taller adults to travel in comfort. The same goes for the boot, which, although slightly smaller than what the competition (Passat or Talisman) is offering, still has a load volume of 530L that can be increased to 1,780L. In practical terms, the loading sill is low and, depending on the chosen finish, the electric tailgate opens simply by moving a foot beneath the bumper.
The generous standard features comprise a whole host of driving aids that notably include automatic emergency braking, speed limit recognition and adaptive cruise control.
Like other Peugeot models, the 508 SW offers impressive handling capabilities,
and the GT version that we tested was fitted with adaptive suspension offering unshakeable precision handling whilst effectively eliminating the feel of any unevenness in the road surface, with the 165kW (225hp) 1.6 PureTech engine full of vitality and offering invigorating acceleration.
All things considered, the 508 SW is a modern estate car that offers the best of both worlds. Peugeot has also announced the launch of a plug-in hybrid version this year.
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