2020 Peugeot 508 SW Review – The New Peugeot 508 is just starting its first days of marketing in our market that Peugeot is already launching its break derivative. This body brought to realize the majority of the volumes has, on the paper, all the potential to stand up to the German trio. Will it succeed? The answer behind the wheel of the BlueHdi 130 version.
It is in a sedan market at half mast that the new generation of Peugeot 508 began its career. The firm of Sochaux has adapted by giving to its model a superior status and a silhouette that tends towards the world of the coupe. But the real “cash machine” on the D segment, that of family sedans, is the estate variant, which generally produces more than half of the volumes. In Europe, of the 1.4 million sedans sold last year, a sale in three was carried out in the break. This is the case for general manufacturers ( Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo, etc.) but especially among premiums (Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring or Mercedes C-Class station) to whom the French model is the eye. Peugeot So did not wait very long to market this second generation of 508 SW.
2020 Peugeot 508 SW Design, Platform, Dimensions
In the world of the break, there are two philosophies. The first is to promote the practical aspects, ie the trunk volume, the threshold, the loading length, and the modularity, leaving aside the design. Then there are those who favor aesthetics. This is the case of the 2020 Peugeot 508 SW which is smaller (5 cm) and less habitable than its ancestor, but devilishly more exciting to watch. This is due to the work of Gilles Vidal’s teams who once again sign a brilliant achievement in the control of proportions.
The lengthening of the stern gives the car a dynamic and elegant style that will have no trouble competing with German productions. The hatchback resumes the banner strip incorporating the lights signature claw, from the sedan. The rest is similar in all respects to the sedan with a very vertical front face overlaid with the figure 508 highlighted by sharp optics and daylights positioned vertically. A peculiarity reserved for high finishes. Finally, there are doors without frames usually reserved for a cut.
4.78 m long, it gains 5 small centimeters compared to the sedan on the rear overhang. On the other hand, the less fleeting flag fall benefits occupants who now have a decent roof guard and easier access. Good news, this 508 SW is, therefore, more livable than the sedan. But the attraction of a break is naturally his chest. It has a tailgate with the hands-free electric opening.
It’s basic volume suffers from the aesthetics with base 530 liters under tablet. It is in the low average of the market, whether general: Renault Talisman Estate (572 liters), Volkswagen Passat (650 liters), Skoda Superb Combi (660 liters) or premium: Mercedes C-Class estate (620 liters). The maximum capacity is more interesting with a jump to 1,780 liters. We appreciate the low loading threshold and the loading width. But it must be recognized that this 2020 Peugeot 508 SW does not have the soul of a mover. Modularity is classic, with a bench whose backs fold down to form a not completely flat floor. Drawbars are provided in the sides of the trunk for easy handling.
However, the manufacturer compensates with more storage. This new version totals 28 liters with large door bins, a well-sized glove box and a central armrest with cup holders. Status quo also at the front seats, where passengers will face the now famous i-cockpit. The latter consists of a 100% digital instrumentation, a small steering wheel and a central touchscreen equipped with piano keys for the recall of certain functions. The quality of manufacture is worthy of the premium universe with quality materials and a modern design.
2020 Peugeot 508 SW Engine Specs & Performance
The powertrain offer is modeled on the sedan with a total of 5 gasoline blocks (Puretech 180 and 220 hp) and diesel (BlueHdi 130, 160 and 180 hp), exclusively 4 cylinders, which will be joined in the second quarter of 2019 by a petrol Hybrid Plug-In version able to travel 50 km (in WLTP cycle) in 100% electric while preserving the capacity of the trunk with a battery location under the seat of the rear seats.
It was at the wheel of a diesel, which still won the majority of votes in the D segment, that we did our test along the Portuguese coast. And especially with the version BlueHdi 130 mated here to an automatic 8-speed gearbox (option at 1 800 €). The agreement between the two represents an epitome of elasticity, softness, and quietness of operation. The gearbox is reactive while the engine puts on its maximum torque (300 Nm) to offer a goodwill from the lowest speeds.
For lack of being sporty, he knows how to answer present when the right foot is weighed down, and the overtaking, if they do not have anything of disheveling, take place in the serenity. These good features are due to the weight contained (1,430 kg) since the fund is based on the PSA Group’s recent EMP2 platform. Equivalent engine, the 2020 Peugeot 508 SW displays 70 kg less than its predecessor. This controlled mass, combined with superior aerodynamics thanks to its break profile, influence fuel consumption, and emissions levels. We will have found an average of 5.1 l / 100 km during our test conducted on roads, highways, and some reliefs. The CO2 levels, they fall to 101 g/km which places this 2020 Peugeot 508 SW in the neutral zone of the penalty.
The chassis remains a model of its kind. A perfect combination of agility, support and comfort, thanks to a new multi-link rear suspension and controlled suspensions (here optional: € 1,000), led by a precise and responsive direction. The careful soundproofing also contributes to make traveling pleasant and to place the 2020 Peugeot 508 SW in the top of the basket of premium sedans and the many powerful driving aids that accompany this high-end finish GT Line. Despite all this, the intrusive help maintain the track (which sends a resistance in the steering wheel) active base. A curiosity, since usually it’s up to the driver to activate it.
2020 Peugeot 508 SW Interior Features & Equipment
The 508 the estate is already available to order. The price differential with the sedan is € 1,300 and the range consists of 4 trim levels.
- The entry-level “Active” (from € 33,600) includes six airbags, electric parking brake with hill start assist, cruise control / speed limiter, fabric upholstery, automatic air conditioning, screen 8-inch touch-sensitive multimedia, hands-free startup, four power windows, centralization, electrically folding and defrost mirrors, reversing radar, 16-inch wheels and Safety Pack (automatic emergency braking, collision risk warning) and crossing of line, recognition of the panels).
- The second level “Allure” (from 36 400 €) inherits in addition free hands-free access, over-glazed rear windows, upholstery fabric/imitation leather, front seats with lumbar adjustment, four USB sockets, Mirror Screen, 10-inch multimedia touch-screen system with GPS, 17-inch wheels, Safety Plus Pack (blind spot monitoring, extended signage recognition, automatic high-beam switching, driver alert alert) , Pack City 1 (rear view camera, graphics assistance for front and rear parking …) and controlled suspension (on 1.6 180 hp only).
- The third level “GT Line” (from € 41,300) includes the aluminum crankset, the fabric/leather upholstery, the full LED floodlights with cornering lighting and the 18-inch wheels.
- Finally, the high-end “GT” (from € 47,300) is enriched with interior wood decors, leather steering wheel, Alcantara upholstery/leather, electric seats, heated and massage, the hands-free tailgate, the Focal sound system, 18-inch wheels, and the Drive Assist Plus pack (adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, help keep in the lane).
Note that on the occasion of the start of the career of its new sedan, Peugeot offers a launch version called “First Edition” (from € 48,750).Based on the GT finish, it receives wireless smartphone charging, panoramic sunroof, Alcantara / leather upholstery, tamper-proof pack, night vision, metallic (Dark Blue) or special (Ultimate Red) paint and 19-inch wheels.