What is it?
The expanded, more sensible estate version of Peugeot’s rakish compact saloon, which gains in rear storage space but creates debate as to whether the switch in bodystyle has improved or diluted the 508’s distinctive design.
A modest 40mm lengthening and 17mm taller roofline has pushed boot capacity to a commanding 530 litres, up from 487 in the fastback, with split-fold rear seats raising that figure to 1780 litres.
It is tested here in top-spec GT trim and with a petrol engine in its highest state of tune, which is available only with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 221bhp 1.6-litre turbo four-pot will likely be a rare sight on Britain’s roads, as Peugeot expects diesel models to make up the bulk of sales.
It rides on 19in wheels, like the more mainstream 1.5-litre diesel GT Line we tested recently - but unlike that car, this SW comes with adaptive dampers as standard. GT cars also receive a leather interior, electrically adjustable front seats, a Focal premium sound system and adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist.
A few options ticked, including a panoramic sunroof and night vision system, pushes the asking price of our test car north of £41,000 - putting the SW firmly among top-flight mainstream rivals, and is nipping at the heels of more premium names like the Volvo V60 and Audi A4 Avant.