What is it?
Proof, if anything, that the bods within Peugeot’s design department really know their way around a sketch pad. The 508 saloon is already a sharply dressed example of gallic cool, but to this tester’s eyes the new 508 SW (that’s station wagon, or estate to you and I) is an even prettier sight to behold. Bravo, Peugeot.
Anyway, that a more practical estate version of the French firm’s new offering within the D-segment would eventually be rolled out was something of an inevitability. After all, within the wider European market, estates account for 60% of all sales within this sector. The Germans, it seems, have a particularly voracious appetite for wagons.
And so, at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the world received its first glimpse of the new 508 SW. Measuring 4790mm in length, the estate is 40mm longer than its saloon counterpart (this extension largely being concentrated at the rear), while the roofline is some 17mm taller. It’s also porkier to the tune of 40kg.
This minor swelling of the 508’s proportions has obviously been induced to increase the amount of useable boot space, because an estate with a smaller boot than its saloon sibling would be a bit of a pointless exercise, wouldn’t it? The load bay floor is now 25mm longer than the saloon’s, and seats-up capacity has been increased from 487 litres to 530 litres, which to Peugeot’s credit is more than you get from a BMW 3 Series Touring (495 litres) or a Mercedes C-Class Estate (490 litres). Collapse the second row, and you’ll liberate up to 1780 litres.There is going to be a price to pay for this extra flexibility, mind, and while exact figures are yet to be confirmed for the UK, Peugeot has said a £1600 premium over the comparable saloon is probably in the right ballpark. So for this 178bhp, GT-Line petrol model - which is expected to be the most popular variant back in Britain - you’re going to be looking at a before options price of £32,830 or thereabouts.